Portland vintners Thomas and Kate Monroe began creating Beaujolais-style Pinot Noir from Methven Family Vineyards in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills in 2012, and their latest expression of carbonic maceration is gorgeously fresh, vibrant and elegant. The pick came Sept. 18 and fermentation in cement took place for 25 days. The wood-free approach makes for pretty aromas of Chelan cherry, sweet cranberry, raspberry, black currant and cocoa. On the palate, it’s focused on Rainier cherry flavors with raspberry acidity, blueberry skin tannins and a finish of blackberry and white pepper. It’s a great start to the spring by Wine Press Northwest’s 2015 Oregon Winery to Watch, and yet another reason to swing by their Southeast Wine Collective.
Production: 190 cases