D’Anu Wines – Red Table Wine

I was first introduced to this wine a little over a year ago at the Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest in Salem, Oregon.  It was here, also, that I first met the Winemaker, Joe Williams.  I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with Joe on several occasions over the last year and consider him a friend.  So it only seemed right that I would review one of his wines.  And why not start with the one that got me hooked in the first place.

This particular wine is an NV (non vintage).  I love that it is a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir.  The first two grapes, I understand.  Both are vibrant and have equally “chewy” structures about them.  But the Pinot Noir throws me a little.  This is generally a subtle grape . . . gently caressed by the winemaker to bring out its unique terroir.  But Joe has chosen to blend it with these other big ruffians.  And I gotta tell ya. . .It’s AWESOME!  This wine is very fruity and smooth.  The tannin structures have been coerced into a substrate of delicious velvet.  There is NO harshness of any kind in this wine.  and the Pinot seems to add to that overarching smooth nature.    The nose is dark berries, plums and spice as one would expect.  But I could have sworn, when I first opened the bottle, that could sense the presence of that illustrious Pinot Noir in the aroma.  Joe also makes some wonderful single varietals like Sangiovese, Viognier, Pinto Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, etc.  And in my humble opinion, all of them are supremely excellent.

I look forward to his next adventurous creation. 20151103_152222

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