The other night, my debate wine was the 2007 Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir. I’ve blogged about Chehalem before because it is absolutely one of my favorite wineries.
This Pinot is ready to drink now. 2007 was a year of softer, more elegant Pinots, and I think this one is a great example of the vintage. The nose is strawberry and smoke, with a very light mouthfeel. It tastes of strawberry, cherry and the same smoke that is evident on the nose. At this age, there is very little of the tart acidity that so many younger Pinots possess.
So how to compare it to the debaters? Well, this wine is refined. It doesn’t talk over the moderator, doesn’t try to get the last word in, and doesn’t step on anybody else to try to get its point in. It just stands on its own merits.