When discussing Willamette, we automatically discuss Pinot Noir. We recently tasted Cloudline Pinot Noir, sourced from different producers in Oregon and vinified by Veronique Drouhin-Boss from Joseph Drouhin (Burgundy) and Domaine Drouhin in Oregon. This Pinot Noir is a private label custom made for the importer Dreyfus-Ashby & Co. The wine is currently sold, in California, at Trader Joe's for $15.99. It is always interesting to get your hands on the inexpensive Pinots from Oregon. The quality of most affordable wines often reflects the quality of a wine region. Not everybody can afford a $432,000 bottle of Domaine de la Romanee Conti 1945. No joke this is a true story, and it happened last week.
So obviously there is nothing revolutionary in this wine, but it is a pleasant Pinot to pair with your Heirloom tomatoes and Burrata starter on an Indian summer evening! A medium body dry wine with minimal tannins and a pretty clear robe. A slightly present acidity that gives it some freshness and cuts well with the creamy Burrata.
No oaky or aging notes here but fresh red fruits such as red cherry, raspberry, and strawberry. Ready to drink now! Perfect for this fall season!