Don Hagge turned his physics degree from Berkeley into a position with the Apollo space program, but his passion for Pinot Noir began took off about two decades after the project’s final mission. He grew up on a Midwest farm, and that dedication shows with the Salmon-Safe certification on his 15-year-old site in the hills above Newberg, Ore. Lovely aromas of crushed strawberry, cherry and purple lavender also offer a pinch of white pepper and allspice. Bright flavors of Rainier cherry and strawberry-rhubarb compote provide nice breadth across the palate, which features a bite of pomegranate and a finish of raspberries. Suggested pairings include Grilled Eggplant with Garlic Aioli, Flat Iron Steak with Honey Tomatillo Compote or pork loin stuffed with dried dates, figs and herbs.
Production: 70 cases