My first road trip to Oregon began soon after I completed producing a month-long but extremely successful play, I was exhausted,
but still looking forward to a nice relaxing trip and some wine tasting along the way. I had no idea that Oregon was Pinot Noir country and I wasn’t overly excited at the prospect of tasting a Pinot, as I haven’t tasted what I considered a good Pinot Noir.
The first stop was one of three wine tasting appointments I’d made, Rocco Winery in Newberg, OR – where the soil, I learned, is a “rich Bellpine – a silty clay loam over sandstone parent material, the sandstone base is the remnant of an ancient seafloor and typically inhabits the upper elevations of the southern Willamette Valley.” My first thought was, um, I just want to taste the wine! But as the tasting continued, I realized the soil has so much to do with the wine I was tasting. I’ll be honest, I had negative expectations about tasting the first Pinot Noir. But I was shocked that I actually liked it!
It was the 2014 Stalker Pinot Noir and I was pleasantly surprised by the peppercorn spice and the raspberry notes, now I’m sure there were more wonderful notes I could talk about, but since my palate is still quite new, those are the only two I was able to identify. It was actually delicious! What?! I was enjoying a Pinot Noir for the very first time in my life. I guess that’s to be expected when you find yourself in Pinot Noir country!
It would seem, my love affair with Pinot Noir has begun and I am so excited to see where this takes me!