Ermisch Erendria's Rise Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dark garnet color. Expressive aromas of bing cherry, raspberry, and clove. Saturated palate, with layers of sappy berry fruit. Finishes long, with bright acidity.
Wine Enthusiast - "Editors' Choice"
The Wine Advocate - "Robert Brittan makes the Ermisch wines, of which the 2011 Pinot Noir Erendira's Rise that I tasted with him represents the second release, source from diverse sites including a smidgeon from Brittan's own property. The Ermisches – who live locally – are owners of wineries in Argentina and Mexico as well as of an import company, Southern Wine Group, focused principally on Latin American wines but also commercializing this one; and they're searching for a Willamette property of their own. Tart-edged red currant and sour cherry make for a highly vintage-typical, bright and sappy palate performance, with hints of baking spices adding to the appeal of a long, vibrant finish. Whether or not this picks up some additional complexity with time in bottle, it will certainly remain a delicious ambassador for its region and vintage over at least the next several years."
With Argentine and Mexican projects stronger than ever (Bodega Calle, La Yunta, Jubileo), Southern Wine Group and its President, Kirk Ermisch, decided to take their love for cool climate Pinot Noir to the logical next step, making some right in their home state of Oregon. Industry veteran Robert Brittan acts as consulting winemaker, and everyone in the small company has lent a hand in this project, from the sorting table, to cellar work, to bottling. Southern Wine Group has always preferred complexity and character over power, and the Willamette Valley vineyard sources they're utilizing reflect that. View all Ermisch Wines
About Willamette Valley(will-AAM-it)
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 typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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