I love me an Oregon Pinot Noir. Oregon in the northwest of America has become a winemaking success story in a few short decades. Its 18 wine regions grow more than 70 varietals each suited to its diverse range of climates. The fussy, tricky-to-grow Pinot Noir grape reigns here and is one of the region’s winners with its earthy, cranberry notes and high acidity.
Underwood is one of three ranges from Union Wines. It favors friendly, everyday wines dawn from a selection of local vineyards. The range also includes whites and bubbles and is available in self-serving cans as well as bottles.
Ryan Harms, founder, and owner of Union Wines opened his company after working for leading Oregon wineries and seeing the potential for affordable wines in a region that can be pretty pricey. His vision was to offer wines of great quality that could be widely enjoyed by merging skilled and nuanced wine crafting with small-scale manufacturing. The name “Union” reflects this philosophy.
On to the 2014 vintage of Underwood Pinot Noir. Close to 60% of the fruit comes from the premier Umpqua Valley AVA so things are already looking good…
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Tasting notes of Underwood Pinot Noir 2014
Very pretty clear red with a touch of purple and small to medium legs. Delicate, fresh, and enticing.
A burst of red fruits led by cherry, strawberry, and raspberry with a touch of that tell-tale Oregon earthiness. Light and juicy.
Pleasantly light Pinot Noir with juicy fruit-forward notes of red and black fruit, forest floor, and a touch of bitter herbs. It is all beautifully balanced in a smooth, silky mouth and a light body that has flashes of cola. Tannins are subtle, acidity glitters and the finish is smooth. Underwood Pinot Noir displays all the classic characteristics of the varietal and is uncomplicated but certainly not simple. If less is more is the name of the game at Union, they have hit the bull’s eye with this lovely, fresh drinkable wine.
Lamb loves Oregon Pinot Noir so get those lamb chops or that rack of lamb cooking. Roast pork is another great match for this red as its juices complement its red fruit tartness to perfection. Salmon dishes ae also ideal because this fish has the weight to hold its own with a red but the lightness to allow the wine’s qualities to show through.
If you are feeling the French vibe with this Burgundian grape, Coq au vin is a match made in heaven; the Pinot’s earthy notes go well with the vegetables and its tangy notes balance the fats to make a lovely texture. Plenty of vegetarian dishes go with Pinot Noir.
A tomato-rich, cheesy risotto is delicious as the two bounce off one another in all the right ways. Underwood Pinot Noir is also a good conversation and chilling wine so have a few bottles in stock for when friends drop by.
Readiness For Drinking
It is a Pinot Noir so fares well cool. A little time in the fridge will not hurt. Its fruitiness begs for drinking now – no need to wait!