Our first visit to Willamette Valley (Will-am-et) was over our Christmas break. Between December 27th and January 3rd we spent time with friends in Seattle. Martinique had to work Monday through Wednesday so Chris and I decided to break the trip up and drive south to Portland for a few days. Included in our Portland trip was a day visit to Willamette Valley.
We visited three wineries, Duck Pond Winery, Dobbes Family Estate Winery and Lange Estates. All three wineries were pouring Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Chris favored the whites over the reds.
Willamette Valley has seven AVA’s. It is a large region so plan a week if you want to visit every AVA. Chris and I decided on spending the day at Dundee Hills. The Eola-Amity Hills AVA is 5km south.
Paetra (Pay-truh): from the Latin for “Rock”.
Thin color depth (very clear), with an amber hue.
Moderately aromatic with young-fruity aromas of tree fruits like apple and pear.
Dry with a slightly sweet finish. Light bodied with good acidity. The Riesling was crisp and refreshing with a medium length finish.
ABV: 12.5% (pretty low so enjoy)
How much: On-line $25.00 per bottle. At a local retailer $26.99.
Region/appellation: Willamette Valley – Eola-Amity Hills AVA
I rated the 2014 Paetra Riesling three glasses. The Riesling was very good and I would guess it could cellar for many years.
Life is too short to drink crappy wine. Expand your palate and keep trying.