By Mark Jacklich
Last month, Portland Monthly published Oregon’s 50 Best Wines 2012 and I realized that we had many of these in stock here at Bentley’s Grill. Allow me to introduce the top wines we have here in stock at Bentley’s Grill:
Domain Drouhin 2009 Laurene’ Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
A truly classic Oregon pinot noir: lightly oaked and luscious, it shines on the palate with notes of pure red cherries and black currants. Produced entirely with grapes from the Drouhin family estate in the Dundee Hills, it offers a vivid sense of place.
Sokol Blosser 2008 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Sokol Blosser’s 2008 offering is distinctive for its strong aromatics, rich flavors of black cherries and baker’s chocolate, and long finish. Soft tannins and a refreshing lightness make this an easy-drinking wine that will continue to develop for at least 10 years.
Bethel Heights Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve Eola-Amity Hills
Eola-Amity Hills, Fully destemming the grapes before fermentation (stems mean strong tannins) lent great fruit concentration to the finished product of this ripe, lush pinot noir. A mild, bright, and easy-drinking wine, this will be delicious with hearty fall dishes like root vegetable stews and braised lamb.
2008 Riesling Ara Willamette Valley
Named after the altar that Noah built after the Flood, this riesling is the praise-worthy result of a tumultuous year. With heady scents of rose petals and apple and juicy flavors of peach, apricot, and kiwi, this bright and refreshing wine was featured at President Obama’s first White House State Dinner, paired with red lentil soup.