Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Tasting Notes: This bright ruby-colored red has intense aromas of dark cherries, blackberry tarts, and blueberries alongside subtle earth and floral violet notes. The fresh and vibrant palate mirrors the nose and lingers. As it slowly stretches out, it coats the palate with ripe dry black fruits. A touch of oak adds subtle complexity and elegant texture. Fresh acidity and supple tannins frame the finish and suggest this gorgeous pinot will drink nicely over the next four to five years.
Food pairing: This beauty is a perfect partner for all kinds of meals, from grilled salmon to pork tenderloin medallions in a wine-reduction sauce. It would be a fabulous pick with a traditional Thanksgiving turkey feast, too. It’s so perfectly balanced, though, it’s a joy to drink even with no food at all.
The Domain: Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L'Envoyé traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles. Originating in Burgundy, they pursued gilded terroir to craft this region's wine trinity: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay Noir. Yet from this tenor of focus and commitment a global fellowship emerged, with terroir-driven Pinot Noir as the linchpin. Now, with winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Tasmania and Central Otago, Maison L'Envoyé champions many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. This project has been a standout since its debut in 2011 including Wine & Spirits naming Maison L'Envoyé a 'Winery To Watch' in 2015.