Andrew Rich's passion for wine was nurtured not in the soils of Willamette, but in the urban sprawl of NYC, where he once edited the wine column for a national magazine. When the pull of wine outgrew than that of publishing, he headed to Burgundy to study winemaking & viticulture, a move that lead the small but influential Bonny Doon Vineyard, in California. Skills honed, Andrew headed to Oregon in 1994 with the quixotic vision of making Rhône-style wines in the Willamette Valley from Columbia Valley grapes. He was a little ahead of the curve: it wasn't until 2000 that he was finally able to realize that vision. Meanwhile, he discovered his love of Pinot Noir, which became the more dominant prong of his focus. The intent is always to make wines of balance, grace, and sheer deliciousness.
The Pacific Northwest has a reputation of terroir which stand out to give the grapes excellent drinkability and character, and notibly, Andrew's Pinot Noir developes the style and elegance of Oregon, but delivers bright fruit with a mineral driven backbone.
Vivid red color fills the glass while the first scents of Spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cola and pungent flowers carring energizing mineral topnotes arive swiftly after the first pour. Sappy and focused in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet red berry, cherry and spice-cake flavors that show impressive depth and a bracing undercurrent of smoky minerality. Conveying a suave blend of power and vivacity, then finishing very long and silky, with repeating florality and discreet, slow-building tannins.
Snag up some of this fantastically lush, easy drinking 93 point Oregon Pinot today!