Quick Sip: Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve 2006

Hello Friends,

This week’s quick sip is the Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2006. Last week I invited a few friends over, including fellow wine-blogging buddy Frank Morgan of DrinkWhatYouLike, to taste and talk about Pinot Noir wines. Pinot Noir is considered one of the most sensual and seductive wines in the world with amazing finesse and complexity. The best examples of Pinot Noir come from the famed wine producing region of Burgundy, the grape’s homeland. Pinot Noir also thrives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where the cool climate and growing conditions seem like a perfect marriage for the finicky Pinot Noir grape variety. Next to Burgundy in my humble opinion, only a handful of regions can get it right – and the Willamette Valley is one of them. During our tasting, the Elizabeth’s Reserve was a two-thumbs up crowd favorite – the only complaint we had was we wished we had another bottle when the final drop was poured.

Got to Love the Label Artwork by Ginny Adelsheim

The Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2006 is a “best of reserve” wine, consisting of the best barrel selection from Adelsheim’s four estate vineyards, as well as premium barrels from three other vineyards in north Willamette Valley. In the glass, the Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2006 displays a beautiful deep ruby color. The swirl & sniff offers richness and complexity with black cherry, ripe raspberry, and earthy elements leading the way. As the wine opens up, undertones of cedar, floral notes, and spice-box start to emerge. On the sip, the wine is velvety-smooth with refreshing acidity and soft tannins, heightened by wonderful balance and finesse, ending in a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine on its own or try pairing it with salmon or pork dishes. This wine clocks in at 14.3% alcohol by volume and has a real cork enclosure. Total Wine carries this wine for $39.99 and since I have enjoyed many Pinot wines in the $20 - $25 range, I feel that the extra money for a wine of this quality is well justified - especially for special occasions or to compliment a home-cooked gourmet dinner. Learn more about Adelsheim, their story, and their tasty Willamette Valley wines by CLICKING HERE.

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