Portlandia Winery Momtazi Pinot Noir 2019
Expressive aromas of fresh blackberry and Bing cherry lift off the nose with hints of spice, cocoa and a dash of nutmeg. On the palate, flavors of strawberry, red currant and fig are backed by subtle hints of tobacco and vanilla. The bright acidity and polished, fine-grained tannins contribute to a rich, textured body.
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Founded by Damian Davis, Portlandia’s passion is to make the best of the Pacific Northwest accessible to all. And having received nearly twenty 90+ point ratings from Wine Enthusiast they believe they’re doing just that.
The cool climate and coastal influences of Oregon’s Willamette Valley make the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris some of the best in the world, and the outstanding growing conditions in Washington’s Columbia Valley provide some phenomenal Cabernet and Syrah. But what makes Portlandia truly special is its view on life—Play Hard, Work Later!
Stretching southwest from the city of McMinnville, the AVA with the same name covers about 40,000 acres across 20 miles until it meets the Van Duzer Corridor. This corridor is the only break in the Coast Range whose gap allows the cool Pacific Ocean air to flow eastward into the Willamette Valley.
The Pacific's moderating winds hit McMinnville’s south and southeast facing slopes where cool-climate varieties—namely Pinot noir and Pinot blanc thrive on ridges at between 200 to 1,000 feet in elevation.
Soils here are primarily uplifted marine sedimentary loam and silt, with alluvial formations; McMinnville receives less rainfall than its neighbors to the east because it is situated in the rain shadow of the Coast Range.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”