Roaming around the Dundee Hills, you can’t help but think that this place was meant to be a source of fine grapes that make some beautiful wines. There are blue signs that lead to wineries on every turn it seems. It really is like wine heaven! One of the first people to plant grapes in this area was Dick Erath. After studying at UC Davis and experimenting in his garage, Dick Erath moved his family up to Oregon to make fine wines. He planted 23 varieties in 1969 and noticed that his Pinot Noir was flourishing. Dick Erath’s hard work and determination helped put Oregon on the map.
While Erath produces some fine Pinot Noir, I had always wanted to try some of their other varietals. They produce many Pinot Noir wines from quality blocks and vineyards, as well as Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Blanc is a very interesting grape. While not as common as Pinot Gris, it is growing in popularity. It is also a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir. Sometimes white grapes will grow on Pinot Noir vines, and those are Pinot Blanc grapes. By propagating these mutated grapes, Pinot Blanc was born. It isn’t coincidence this grape grows well here, due to its relation to Pinot Noir. Both grapes are distinct, and delicious!
I picked up a bottle of the 2012 Pinot Blanc, chilled it, and popped it open. Generally Pinot Blanc is going to have flavors of crisp citrus and ripe apples. This wine had these flavors in a way that was truly enjoyable. I loved the bright acidity and balance of this wine. Delicious, and at a great price point – Erath has outdone themselves with this wine. Lemon peel, key limes, and ripe apples popped with every sip. I loved this wine! Pick this up for yourself and give it a try, it is perfect for any occasion. Cheers!