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Wine Tasting in the Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar: New Releases of Oregon Pinot Noir

Thu Jul 8th, 2010 4pm-6pm
Trapp Family Lodge
Venue: Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar
$15.00 fee per person
700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 (Map) (Set as Local)
Wine Tasting in the Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar: New Releases of Oregon Pinot Noir Stowe Vermont

We will be tasting new releases of Oregon Pinot Noir, for inclusion on our list. Stuart Timmons of Farrel Distribution will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. It is often said that Pinot noir wine, perhaps more so than any other varietal, is "all about place". The French call it "terroir", loosely translated "sense of place".
In the world of wine it specifically denotes the idea that the land where the grapes are grown imparts unique characteristics to the wine. Soil is an important component of terroir. The traditional definition of a superior Pinot noir is one that expresses the uniqueness of the soil where the grapes were grown. The Willamette Valley is relatively mild throughout the year, with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. While moisture is abundant, most of the rainfall occurs in the winter, not during growing season. This temperate climate, combined with coastal marine influences, make the gentle growing conditions within the Valley ideal for cool climate grapes, including Pinot noir.
The Willamette Valley AVA is the primary area of origin for Oregon Pinot noir wine. The vast majority of vineyards planted with Pinot noir grapes are found in this valley that stretches roughly from the city of Portland in the north to Eugene in the south. Only the Umpqua Valley and the Columbia Gorge are not in the Willamette Valley.
Pinot Noir's aroma is often one of the most complex of all varietals and can be intense with a ripe-grape or black cherry aroma, frequently accented by a pronounced spiciness that suggests cinnamon, sassafras, or mint. Ripe tomato, mushroom, and barnyard are also common descriptors for identifying Pinot Noir. It is full-bodied and rich but not heavy, high in alcohol, yet neither acidic nor tannic, with substantial flavor despite its delicacy. The most appealing quality of Pinot Noir may be its soft, velvety texture. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.
The wines featured will be:
Bridgeview, Oregon 2007
Brandborg, "Bench Lands", Umpqua Valley 2006
Anne Amie, "Cuvee A", Willamette Valley 2007
The Four Graces, Willamette Valley 2007
Lange, "Reserve", Willamette Valley 2007
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $15.00 fee per person.
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