Last Sunday I bribed two girlfriends with the promise of dinner if they would come over and help me hang pictures, #livingaloneproblems. Lucky for them I also needed an outlet for my overzealous and overabundant purchases at the farmer’s market. I threw together the perfect dinner of simple summer staples: tomatoes and mozzarella, prosciutto and melon, roasted fingerlings with goat cheese and truffle oil, and an arugula salad with charred corn and jalapeño vinaigrette. A simple meal, yet a bit all over the place, I wasn’t sure what wine to serve. As both of my friends are predominantly red-wine drinkers, I decided to go with a Pinot Noir, typically lighter in body and higher in acidity, Pinot’s can be that bridge wine that go with many different wines and can be enjoyed even on warmer summer nights.
I reached for the 2013 Maison Roy Incline Pinot Noir from Domaine Roy Et Fils. Located in Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the winery is a partnership between two second-generation wine-producing families and friends.
The nose was rather powerful, driven by red fruits (plums, raspberries, and oddly enough tomato water – could also have been a side affect of my tomato course) as well as a hint of spice. The palate wasn’t overwhelmingly fruity; a nice balance between fruit and spice with that backbone of earthiness well-known in most Oregon Pinots. The texture was especially luscious, bright acidity and very little tannin, a fabulous food wine!
Purchased: *Wine was provided as a media sample for purpose of review; all opinions are my own.
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