Sometimes you just get lucky when searching out a wine. I dropped into a local shop this week and during a conversation with the shop owner I had asked if he had any wines from Oregon. He did. He actually had one. It was a Pinot Noir.
I have had some really nice Pinot's from Oregon before, but they were a bit pricey. Pricey, but good. Very comparable to French Burgundy in my opinion.
I wasn't really concerned about price, I just had a desire to try another Oregon wine, so I brought home a bottle of Henry Estate Oregon Pinot Noir 2006.
The aromas of sweet cherry with hints of earth and mint. The flavors of cherries and black pepper mixed with light, toasty overtones from the oak aging, compliment the overall ambiance of this wine. The lingering, forward finish allows our Oregon Pinot Noir to be matched with a variety of dishes such as beef, lamb, duck and most fish, especially salmon. The fruit flavors were pronounced enough at bottling to give a true enjoyable Pinot Noir experience immediately as well.
It is earthy with a little mint. It reminds me alot of teaberry ice cream and teaberry gum. Teaberry is a minty berry, sort of like wintergreen, found in Northeastern United States and very popular in Pennsylvania, especially at Heisler's Dairy Bar in Tamaqua. The taste was fruity with just a tad too much black pepper. I opened the bottle to have along with a grilled American cheese sandwich. Actually went very well together. Don't think I would have with any fish, but definitely a nice wine for lamb or a nice pork roast or even a good angus beef hamburger. This is also a nice wine to have when friends stop over for socializing with a little wine, cheese, crackers etc.
I haven't tasted that many Oregon Pinot's and what I have had were a bit pricey, but great wines. The Henry Estate is priced relatively low at $16, so
Take it from an amateur wine lover....Great Buy!