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The new table wine at the Hopman Homestead.

I hate to say this as some of my longstanding basic, everyday table wine has been from the likes of #Erath or #WinebyJoe Pinot Noir, but the quality has started to suffer and I believe it has to do with companies pushing yield over taste.

Pinot Noir is arguably one of the most delicate wines in the world and the grape itself just as much. The complexity of Pinot Noir is second to none, which makes it very difficult if not impossible to mask a bad Burgundy.

Those in the Oregon wine industry will tell you that it’s just not possible to make a decent Oregon Pinot Noir for under $20 a bottle. Generally, I would agree and $20 a night for wine can be out of some people’s budgets and certainly out for just casual drinkers.

So what is my new go to daily dinner wine? #fourgraces out of Dundee, Oregon. Right now, the best Pinot Noir for $20. They make some great higher end wines that can be aged 10 or 20 years, but their entry-level wine is great, too.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • The 2014 growing season was just about as good as it gets. Some saying it could be the best season in more than a decade, which we agree with! The summer’s consistently hot days were followed by warm nights and just the right amount of sprinkling rain. The higher than average overnight lows allowed grapes to mature faster without putting stress on the vines, which lets the grapes come together in balance and flavor to produce an excellent wine. Yields are higher than normal and quality of fruit is very high. All fruit was hand harvested from September 18th 2014.
  • The focused palate of dense ripe red fruits such as Bing cherry and raspberry are enhanced by aromas of Herbs de Provence and Dansk rose. Hints of Santa Rosa red plum and bay leaf are softened by a charming French vanilla component suggested by the oak, adding complexity. The mouth feel is silky filled with refined tannins and a soft floral finish.

    Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton
    Vineyard Source: Doe Ridge, Block 2
    Aging: 14 months in French Oak Barrels
    Alcohol: 14.2%
    pH: 3.77
    Case Production: 194

  • The 2014 growing season was just about as good as it gets. Some saying it could be the best season in more than a decade, which I agree with! The summer’s consistently hot days were followed by warm nights and just the right amount of sprinkling rain. The higher than average overnight lows allowed grapes to mature faster without putting stress on the vines, which lets the grapes come together in balance and flavor to produce an excellent wine. Yields are higher than normal and quality of fruit is very high. All fruit was hand harvested from September 18th 2014.

    Vineyard Notes
    All fruit for this wine was sourced from Block 2 of the Doe Ridge Vineyard which is composed of Dijon clone 777. 

 

If you want to know more about Four Graces’ wine, I highly encourage you to head over to their website: thefourgraces.com or better yet, if you’re in or planning to visit the Willamette Valley, stop by do a tour and a tasting. Tell Ryan sent ya and they’ll hook you up.

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