Yesterday was Jon and my two year anniversary. Only two years because we married later in life, but that just means that we are more settled in our lives and careers, and have a bit more disposable income to do discretionary things!
Jon let me pick the wine that we opened to toast, and I looked through the wines we have and selected The Four Graces 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. I was in the mood for a good Pinot, and it has been awhile since we’ve opened a Four Graces wine. The Four Graces is located in Dundee, Oregon, right off Highway 99. The tasting room is in a neat white farmhouse, with vineyards stretching out back. The tasting bar is right in what was originally the living room, and then they have some seating areas in two adjoining rooms. The atmosphere of the tasting room is warm and lively, and every time we have been there it has been pretty busy. The other patrons are always really friendly, and I’ve found myself in conversations with new acquaintances! I wish I could say that’s the case with all tasting rooms, but The Four Graces is rather unique in creating this vibe.
The 2007 Pinots tend to be light and soft, because 2007 was a difficult year. The summer was cooler than normal, which made the ripening process go more slowly than normal, and the harvest period saw between 5 and 6 inches of rain, which threatened to ruin a whole lot of grapes. As a result, a lot of the 2007 Pinots don’t have the same robust structure as some of the other Willamette Valley Pinot vintages. Not so with this wine. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since it had been awhile since we had tried Four Graces, and I was surprised by the darker cherry color and bold substance of this wine. It still has a light mouthfeel, but I certainly wouldn’t describe it as soft. The dark cherry flavor is infused with a lot of smoke, and almost none of the tartness that is typical of a Pinot.
I’m enjoying my second glass tonight, on the day after, and it is wonderful. We might have to circle back to The Four Graces on our next tasting trip. It has been too long…