Sunday, July 4, 2010
A Salmon and Pinot Noir
The day was mostly about Pinot Noir and there were three worthy candidates, a 2003 Beaulieu Private Reserve from Napa, a 2007 Argyle from Oregon and a 2005 Lemelson, Stermer Vineyard from the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
The Beaulieu was thin, somewhat tannic and lacking in fruit. The wine was very much a disappointment. The Argyle was a Pinot of a different style. It was bright and fresh, light weight with young vibrant flavors of tart red cherries. On its own it was an easy drink, but it was a little overpowered by the salmon. Good stuff, but not in the same league as the Lemelson.