July 30, 2021 by PWM
2018 OREGON SOLIDARITY PINOT NOIR, ROGUE, OR........$13.50 BTL. (BACK IN STOCK!!
WAS $25!! Last September, a California wine maker contracted to buy thousands of tons of southern Oregon grapes. But just days before harvest, the California company reneged on its promise, cancelling the multi-million dollar order. The reason: the wine maker claimed the grapes were tainted by smoke from Oregon wildfires. In fact, the grapes were fine. Nonetheless, the Oregon vineyard owners faced massive financial losses. That’s when a coalition of Oregon wineries rode to the rescue. King Estate, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Silvan Ridge Winery & The Eyrie Vineyards bought the grapes in question and produced three different types of winecalling their effort “Oregon Solidarity”.
This is the third and final release of the Oregon Solidarity wines, created to help southern Oregon growers whose contracts were cancelled by the California buyer during the 2018 harvest, ostensibly due to smoke damage. Like the Chardonnay and Rosé of Pinot Noir that preceded it, the wine proves that there was nothing wrong with the grapes. Black cherry and cola flavors open this young and approachable wine, with soft tannins and a touch of lemon tea. It's a food-friendly, solid effort, and all proceeds return to the growers. WE TASTED IT & IS A CRAZY GOOD DEAL AT $13.50!