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Yamhill-Carlton Spring Tasting
Saturday, April 14th 11:00 – 3:30, Anne Amie Vineyards
An $80 VALUE
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Jade went on KGW Portland Today to talk about what an AVA is, tell folks about the free tickets, and to taste some Yamhill-Carlton wines.
Keep reading for information about this tasting event and the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.
What Yamhill-Carlton Wines Can I Taste?
There will be a bunch of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris which covers a wide palate range. But some Yamhill-Carlton wineries grow other cool grapes or diversify by buying fruit from other Oregon vineyards. I’ve listed a few specific wines in the wineries highlighted for KGW Portland Today so keep reading. Forty wineries are pouring. Here’s a list:
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
Penner-Ash has a long history in Yamhill-Carlton. In fact it was founded by Lynn and husband Ron in 1998 before Yamhill-Carlton was recognized as a separate AVA. Lynn was the first professional female winemaker hired in Oregon and she is still the winemaker today. Known for their Pinot Noir, Penner-Ash also makes Syrah and Riesling.
Penner- Ash Estate Vineyard 2015 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir (92 Points Wine Spectator) $65 Plum, black cherry, and spice. It represents the Yamhill-Carlton style of Pinot Noir – voluptuous and dark fruited.
Roots Wine Company
Chris Berg owner/winemaker has a dry sense of humor and marches to his own beat. We believe it shows in his wines. For the Portland Today tasting we brought Roots’ Estate Pinot Gris to highlight another popular grape in Yamhill-Carlton.
Roots Estate Vineyard 2016 Pinot Gris Yamhill Carlton $22 –
Friendly and full bodied, floral and fruity with peachy stone fruit.
Other Roots Wines we love: Sparkling Art Brut; the stupendous Grenache from The Barrel Project (an exercise in aging that includes wines – Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Tempranillo – in barrel from 30 to 67 months.) Their Pinot Noir are spot on too.
Anne Amie Vineyards
Anne Amie is the host for the Yamhill-Carlton Spring Tasting and if you have visited their tasting room it is clear to see why – the patio offers a sweeping view of the Pacific Coast Range. We highlighted a unique wine for Yamhill-Carlton…
Anne Amie Vineyards 2015 Cuvee A Estate Muller-Thurgau Yamhill-Carlton $15
Dry but fruity floral with key lime, granny smith apple, honeysuckle, melon and minerality. This grape is more often seen in Germany. These vines at Anne Amie were planted in 1979.
Other Anne Amie Wines we love: Everyday wines, special evening wines, opening this bottle IS the occasion wines – they hit all of the marks. 2011 Marilyn Reserve Brut Cuvee and the 2014 version in pink – sparklers to die for; Late Harvest Muller – Thurgau Vin Doux Naturel – yum!
What Makes Yamhill-Carlton Special?
Yamhill-Carlton is an AVA (American Viticultural Area). An AVA can be thought of as a wine growing region that is different from the wine growing regions around it. Yamhill-Carlton is around the towns of Yamhill and Carlton and is one 6 Sub-AVAs within the larger Willamette Valley AVA. It is different because it has really old soils called Marine Sedimentary soils and there are mountains (Coast Range, Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountain) around it that block a lot of the rain and wind from the coast. So what? So this combination of soil and climate result in voluptuous, supple Pinot Noir with flavors of dark fruit (plum, blackberry, blueberry), spice (clove and pipe tobacco), and flowers (violets and lavender).
We will be highlighting Yamhill-Carlton wineries leading up to the April 14th tasting. Don’t forget to subscribe to our email list and comment on this post to enter to win 2 free tickets.