TiedemannOnWines’ June Wine of the Month is a new world Pinot Noir wine from the Willamette Valley in Oregon produced by Cardwell Hill Cellars. Cardwell Hill Cellars is a family-owned boutique winery, producing over 5,000 cases per year. Stan Minden, Wine Buyer at Chalet Party Shoppes, and I had a wonderful time tasting and reviewing this wine for you.
Willamette Valley is located in western Oregon and is one of the United States’ most important non-California AVAs (American Viticultural Areas). The Willamette Valley is known for producing Pinot Noir wines. These Pinots are often compared to the wines of Burgundy, France.
One of the fun and interesting things about tasting wines with Stan is his great knowledge of wines. It is no secret that my palate is heavily tilted toward more fruit-forward red wines sometimes referred to as “fruit bombs.”
After we had been discussing the 2011 Cardwell Pinot for awhile Stan said, “You may not like this wine as it isn’t your style. It is more of a Burgundian-style Pinot.” I always learn something new when I taste wine with Stan. This time I learned the term “Burgundian.”
Just in case you are also unfamiliar with the term, here are the basics: Pinot Noirs from Burgundy, like Oregon, grow in a much cooler climate. Typically wines produced in these cooler climates are less fruit forward and lean more toward red fruit flavors, more acidity and minerality. These wines will have stronger aromas and tastes of stone fruits or forest floor and these wines will also be lighter in color. While new world wines, those from North and South America and Australia, exhibit more fruit aromas and flavors and favor dark fruit opposed to light fruit. They will be full-bodied and darker in color. So if a new world Pinot Noir is on the lighter side and favors a French Burgundy it can be referred to as Burgundian.
The question is which do you prefer? The Burgundian-style which is more restrained and elegant with subtle acidity and minerality (flavors of mushroom/more earthy)? Or the more California-style Pinots that are fuller bodied, darker in color, fruit forward with less minerality and have aromas and flavors of red hanging fruit? The fun thing about tasting wines is YOU always get to be the judge.
We have established this is a lighted-bodied Pinot Noir (Burgundian-style). The color of the wine was a light cherry red color. The nose of the wine was mild and restrained, offering small hints of red fruit. On the palate the wine was balanced across the tongue and had flavors of mild red fruits such as red cherries. On the finish there was a burst of acidity causing a strong hot feeling in the mouth and spicy lingering finish. The mouth feel was dry (due to the acidity) and mild with a nice aftertaste.
Wine Spectator magazine rated the wine at 91/100 points. Wine-Searcher.com rated the wine at 89/100. The wine sells for $24.99 at Chalet Party Shoppes.
This was a fun wine to taste and if you like Burgundy-style wines this is a good one to try. Stan and I will select another wine to taste soon and I’ll report on that wine in one of my blog posts in July.
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Until next week,
UPCOMING WINE EVENTS
We’ll be announcing our July-December schedule of events soon so stay tuned for that. We have many wine and food events to share together yet this year.
Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club Events:
June 11 –
Uptown Kitchen, Granger, featuring White Oak wines, 6:30 p.m. Will be rescheduled
June 23 – Lucchese’s, Elkhart, featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio, 6:30 p.m. (This is Round 2 of our Craft Beer vs. Boutique Wine Competition)
Other Upcoming Wine Events:
June 11 – Summer Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 p.m.)
July 11 – 13th Annual Charity Tasting Event & Silent Auction at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (2 to 5 p.m.)
Upcoming ToutSuite Programs:
Below are the upcoming programs you might be interested in viewing on our wine country media partners site at http://www.toutsuite.com. ToutSuite programs are always informative and interesting.
June 15, Somm2Somm – Guest Somm MS Andrea Immer Robinson. Event starts at 8 p.m. EST
July 23, Montelena LIVE: Chardonnay Library 6-year vertical tasting. Event starts at 9 p.m. EST