On a rainy thursday afternoon while picking up my groceries at my nearby grocery store, I found a local wine that not only was in my price range, but fantastic as well. Sweet Cheeks 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was the gem I found. This wine is as local as it gets, located just a few miles outside of Eugene.
Sweet Cheeks opened its doors in 2005 and has been creating a wide selection of wines ever since. This wine was a great example of just how versatile Sweet Cheeks can be. They produce everything from Viognier to Malbec! This Pinot however, was a perfect example of local goodness. I savored every sip.
Upon my first sniff I knew I was in for a treat. It had a crisp acidity with a hint of black pepper. It smelled like a crisp fall day; full-flavored with a note of blackberries, and was just slightly tannic which puts it a little on the dry side. It has a very smooth mouthfeel though, and left lingering flavors of vanilla and fall spices on my tongue.
This wine is in its prime and is perfect for a chilly fall evening. It would be great with some grilled salmon or even something slow cooked in the crock pot. I picked up this wine at my local grocery store for only $13.99 a bottle! If you are looking for a great wine at a great price – this wine is a steal. Cheers!