The ’08 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s reserve exudes the classic northern Willamette Valley style. I was lucky to have been introduced to Adelsheim back in the early nineties by a guy who was integral in challenging my quest for wine knowledge and I have to say Chris Choate knew a good thing when he tasted it. We worked together at Abiquiu, John Sedlar’s venture with the Kimpton Group.
There were several Oregon Pinot Noir’s on our wine list and they were all good but it might come as no surprise that the restaurant did not do so well. A Pinot Noir heavy wine list at a modern southwestern cuisine concept might be a deterrent to wine sales. Well, that and nothing on the menu looked like what it was called. No really, this guy wrote a menu just to mess with peoples heads.
Lamb enchiladas were not a tortilla wrapped nor was there any cheese involved. Huevos Rancheros had egg but no rice or beans and it was served on a pewter statute. But that was then and back then Dave Adelsheim was ahead of his time when it came to Oregon winemakers. Today he is still on top of the game.
This ‘08 has snappy cherry and spice aromas mingled with the earthy Chehalem Mountain forest fauna. The flavors bring red berry fruit deep to the core balancing the forward acidity and making this a wine that screams for food. The mouth filling smooth texture is pleasant delivering a finish that hangs around long enough for you to appreciate the soft lush texture. Duck would be a good match, as would a bacon cherry tomato and baby romaine lettuce salad. This Adelsheim Pinot Noir is worth looking for. ~Marc Hinton
Rating: 90 | $40 | 13.5% ABV