A quick visit to the vineyard

Recently I went into the Remuda Vineyard to sample the Pinot Noir there.  I shot a video about it.  At the time I thought we’d be picking for our Altostratus this weekend.  But we decided to leave it out just a little longer.  Looking like Thursday or Friday.  You can watch it on Facebook with this link https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151261355410152&set=vb.99823835151&type=2&theater


Oregon Pinot Noir

A vertical of Pinot Noirs from famed Yamhill-Carlton wine maker Ken Wright. 2007 thru 2009

We’ve been down in Oregon this week, visiting wine country and Portland.  We’ve been attending the Wine Blogger’s Conference that’s held annually in different locations.  We’re trying to become better at communicating with people.  With any luck, we’ve absorbed enough from this trip to make a difference.

We’re tasting plenty of Pinot Noir and many other Pinots as well.  Oregon produces some stunning examples of Pinot and we love to pour our Black Cloud here alongside some of the local greats to get feedback and perspective.

One of our side trips during the conference was to a little town in wine country called Carlton.  It would be difficult to find a friendlier community.  More than 30 producers turned out to greet our group.  Not only are they proud of their wine, they also celebrate their heritage of agriculture.  Carlton seems to have taken a ‘carpe diem’ attitude about their civic future.  Instead of just letting the economy dictate the fortunes of the community, they’ve identified what makes their community special and have proactively decided to be a leader in a kind of rural renaissance.  Or as my new friend Cathy at Noble Pig might say, they’ve gone whole hog on the idea.

If you find yourself in Oregon wine country in the next little while, we’d suggest hitting Carlton’s CRUSH Harvest Festival on September 15.  We’re sure the sense of community we felt will be in great form during this event.

2009 Altostratus

2009 Altostratus

This vintage is going to be one of my favourites of the last decade. Except for a nasty end-of-season deep freeze, it was an ideal growing season in the Okanagan. We picked well before that freeze, and down in the Falls, the Remuda Vineyard fruit truly shone. Textbook flavours in the fruit have translated beautifully in the bottle and continue to develop unique and layered characteristics. Without getting too flowery, I’ll just say it over-delivers and I’m proud to pour it for anyone in the world.
All good things come to an end though; we’re looking at rapidly dwindling inventory so I’d advise placing an order if you’d like a few for the cellar.

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