Are you following along on my exploration of the Willamette Valley via Panther Creek Cellars? If not, check out these single-vineyard offerings from Kalita, Schindler, and De Ponte vineyards. (And why not take a peek at their Chardonnay and Pinot Gris for a few Willamette Valley white wine options?) Next stop: Carter Vineyards…
About the Wine: Panther Creek 2015 Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes harvested from Ken Wright’s Carter Vineyard located in the Eola Amity Hills AVA in Willamette Valley, Oregon. The wine aged in 100% French oak barrels (38% new) for 17 months.
193 cases produced.
Flavor Profile: Open the bottle of the Panther Creek 2015 Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir and breathe in blackberry jam, fresh oak wood, damp soil, a hint of cacao, and an essence of smokiness. The look of this Pinot Noir emits a light, pale, dusty cranberry hue on the pour, settling into the glass just the same, but fading out even more along the perimeter to a very pretty rose-petal pink color. Initial aromas are absolutely of flowers. It’s a rose petal perfume with hints of cranberries and pomegranate. Swirl and those florals become so rich. Add a bit of green herbs, bramble; find that hint of chocolate and add vanilla essence. But really and truly this Pinot Noir is all about those florals…
Food Pairing: I paired the Panther Creek 2015 Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir with a vegan, plant-based pizza. What I loved about this pairing in particular (because, let’s face it, Pinot and pizza is always a win in my house) was the herbaceousness of the tomato sauce. It brought out a bit more of the earthier elements of the wine I did not sense when tasting on its own: a bit of wet-rock minerality, fertile soil, and a dark, almost gloomy flavor, of ground coffee.
More Info: I received the Panther Creek 2015 Schindler Vineyard Pinot Noir as a sample for review. (Cheers Madelaine!) Price: $65. For more information about Panther Creek, their wines, and to purchase wine directly, please visit the Panther Creek Cellars website.
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