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Dessert Pinot Noirs are relatively rare in the world. The inspiration for Adelsheim Deglacé occurred in 1988,
when Michael Adelsheim was lucky enough to have an empty glass when Rheingau winemaker Josef Becker walked by with
his 1976 Spätburgunder Trockenbeerenauslese at a party after that year's International Pinot Noir Celebration. Adelsheim set out to produce something similar with the 2001 harvest, mostly so they would have a wine
with which to finish their winery dinners.
There are two ways in which dessert wines of moderate alcohol content are traditionally
produced: the grapes can become desiccated by botrytis cinerea ("noble rot") or they can be pressed when still partially
frozen. An Oregon Pinot Noir producer would never want "botrytis" to spread in the vineyards (it ruins red wines), and
Adelsheim can't remember a fall when they had an early freeze (i.e before the winter rains started.) Thus, in winemaker Dave Paige's
first year with Adelsheim, one block of grapes was chosen for the experiment – which was to take the grapes to a freezer
instead of the winery. The resulting faux "ice wine" was delicious, and a hit, so they have continued to produce it every year.
Even with this sweet wine, Adelsheim stays true to its philosophy that a wine's highest use is in pairing with
meals. That means retaining enough of the grapes' natural acidity to ensure that the wine never becomes too cloying.
Deglacé has amazing apricot, fig and honeysuckle flavors that should prove to be a perfect match with red berry tarts, pumpkin
cheesecake, and a wide range of other desserts.
Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operatedc winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder, David Adelsheim, has done work throughout the years to benefit both the...Read More About Adelsheim
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...Read More About Willamette Valley
Beyond Port and Sherry, here are a few of our favorites:
Sauternes - the golden wine of the Sauternes region in
Bordeaux, these wines are made with botrytis-affected
grapes and produce a rich, honeyed concoction with an amazing balance of sweetness and acidity.
Don"t discount Sauternes'
neighbor, Barsac, or even the region across the river,...Read More About Other Dessert
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