Left Coast Cellars – Cali’s Cuvee

I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Left Coast Cellars several times at their beautiful vineyard and tasting room just north of Rickreall on Hwy 99W.  I’ve even run into the owner Suzanne Larsen once at our Tigard Costco where she was introducing folks to her wines.  My very first encounter was in about 2012 at the Astoria Seafood and Wine Festival.  That event was really my “baptism” into the world of wine, in particular Oregon wines.  It was there that I first sampled 2011 Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir.

The one I20160205_124436[1] am reviewing today is a 2013 Cali’s Cuvee.  The French word CUVEE most commonly refers to a blend, either of more than one grape or of wine from specially selected barrels.  AS I’ve stated on my blogs many, many times . . . I am a huge fan of blends.  In the case of Pinot Noir blends, they are most often referred to as Cuvees.

This deliciously fruit-forward blend is derived from Dijon, Pommard and Wadenswil grapes.  It presents with a rich ruby/garnet color and the initial aroma is a light essence of ripe red fruit, like cherries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.  The tannins and acids are so exquisitely balanced.  It is a perfect sipping or food wine. . really ready for anything you might desire.  I highly recommend Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir from Left Coast Cellars.

 


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