I truly love being an Oregonian. We have gorgeous summers, lush green back drops, and grow fantastic Pinot Noir grapes. There are many varietals that grow well here of course, but our Pinots are show stoppers. They can be a bit on the pricy side (especially compared to our other great grape, Pinot Gris), but there are some gems out there that are under the $20 mark. I recently spotted the 2010 Bridgeview Pinot Noir at my local market and picked up a bottle. This wine was absolutely fantastic and a total steal!
The summer is the perfect season for Pinot Noir. It is especially good if you chill the Pinot before you pour it. I served this wine on the colder side and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ideally Pinot should be served at 50 – 55 degrees, but a little colder isn’t going to hurt it. The 2010 Bridgeview Pinot Noir had flavors of raspberry, cherry, and blackberry. There were some tannins present, but they balanced this wine out perfectly. The subtle hints of smoke and spice brought this wine to the next level.
Overall, this wine was lighter bodied and yet very bold. It was a bit on the “masculine” side, with the smokiness and bright tannins. I loved every single sip. I picked this bottle up for $12 at my local market and plan on picking up some more. This wine would be great for any occasion. Cheers to local, delicious wines!