I’ve been excited for you to taste this wine since it was in barrel two years ago. It’s been in bottle for a year now, and it’s finally time to make its debut. I’m thrilled to unveil the 2010 “Les Gourmandises” Pinot Noir. We’ll be having two release tasting events – the first in Portland on Friday night September 14th, and then the next day in Carlton on the 15th – whichever one works best for you, please plan to join us. I truly don’t want you to miss out on this one.
“Gourmandises” is the French word for “delicacies”, meaning special treats, indulgences, to be savored and enjoyed. The word just popped into my head shortly after harvest in 2010, when tasting through the fermentations of the fruit from Nysa vineyard that would become this wine.
I had gotten to know Nysa’s owner, Michael Mega, back when I was the Managing Director of Domaine Drouhin, which directly abuts the Nysa vines in the Dundee Hills. I always thought it was a great site, and was psyched to finally have the opportunity to work with some Nysa fruit for the first time in 2010. (We’ve gone on to extend our agreement, and we’ll happily be working with the Nysa fruit for years to come. Yay!)
The resulting wine is a great expression of the Dundee Hills terroir – red-fruit focused, with bright fruits of cherry and raspberry and hints of wild strawberry, and the spice notes that are the signature of the red volcanic Jory soils. It’s everything I love about Oregon Pinot Noir, and I find it especially captivating on the nose. The 2010 vintage gave us some beautiful aromatics and a pure, precise acidity that makes the wine just “pop” in your mouth, and makes you want to keep coming back for another sip. Come and check this baby out – we only made four barrels of it – so it won’t be around long…
The biggest news of the day is that starting on September 7th, we will now be open every Friday night in Portland, for tasting and sales in our new event space in Northwest PDX! Our series of First Fridays have been a blast so now we’re expanding it to Every Friday – every week we’ll be pouring a different flight of assorted Burgs and Champagne and Pinots, and we’ll always have an expanded selection of wines from our portfolio in stock. So plan to kick of your weekends at Scott Paul PDX on Friday nights from 5-8, starting Sept. 7th. I promise a special “off the menu” pour for all blog readers who say the secret phrase – “Hey – whatcha got under the table?”