This past week in my “Oregon Wine Country” class that I take through Lane Community College I had the opportunity to meet LaVelle Vineyards owner and winemaker, Matthew Lavelle. They have quite the line up of wines available, but I just had to share two wines that I fell in love with. The 2012 Riesling ($22) and the recently released 2014 White Pinot Noir ($28).
The 2012 Riesling smelled of ripe, crisp apples and bursted with flavors of honey suckle and melon. It was a bit on the sweeter side but was very well rounded. Matthew himself said that the riesling grapes that come out of his vineyard are amazing – and this wine is living proof of that! This is a must try.
Another great option that I tried was the 2014 White Pinot Noir. With its slight pink hue due to minimal skin contact, this wine looked beautiful in the glass! The nose smelled of strawberries, and was very fruit forward. This one was also just a tad on the sweeter side, with 2.5% residual sugar. But the main thing I took from this glass was that I needed to drink it on a hot summer day. It was dying to be paired with a barbecue on the back patio.
If you haven’t had to chance to stop by the tasting room in Elmira, or even the one in Springfield off of International Way – do yourself a favor and check it out. They have quite a selection of varietals ranging from Pinot Noir and Riesling, to big bodied red grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from eastern Washington.
As someone whose an aspiring winemaker, the sheer array of options they have available is inspiring. Just tasting these wines you can tell that a lot of love went into each bottle. Cheers!