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Airlie Marechal Foch 1996

Other Red Wine from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Winemaker Notes

    Rich in plum and black currant flavors this is a medium bodied, barrel aged wine. Soft smooth tannins make it easy to enjoy. This grape is fast becoming Willamette Valley's other red grape.

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    Airlie Winery

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    Airlie Winery, Willamette Valley, Oregon
    Airlie Winery, established in 1986, is dedicated to vintage-dated Oregon premium wines. Overlooking Dunn Forest Vineyard, the winery is located 20 miles northwest of Corvallis on the scenic coastal edge of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Great wines begin in the vineyard and the varieties of Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Maréchal Foch, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Müller-Thurgau are grown and produced.

    Willamette Valley

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    One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a temperate climate moderated by a Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and even winter. Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant differences in wine styles between vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. The silty loess found in the Chehalem Mountains, somewhere in between the other two in texture, is fertile and well-draining but erodes easily, creating challenges for growers but necessitating careful vineyard management.

    The celebrated Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley typically offers supple red fruit, especially cranberry, without the powerful punch often packed by its California counterparts. Elegance is paramount here, and fruit flavors are balanced by forest floor, wild mushroom, and dried herbs—much more in line with Burgundian examples of the variety. Chardonnay too takes its inspiration from the French motherland, focusing on tart, crisp fruit and minerality, rarely relying upon heavy new oak. Pinot Gris here is fleshy and bright, and Riesling is dry, aromatic, and citrus-focused.

    Other Red Wine

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    Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are regional indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent wines on their own, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics and aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Italy, and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties.

    COL87544_1996 Item# 8815