Produced & Bottled by: Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars
Purchased: Salem, OR 11-5-2014
Ok. I admit it, I had trepidation about this wine. Given Lim13’s review on the 2009 Pyrenees Cabernet as well as his reviews on the 2010 & 2011 Meritage. I wasn’t hanging my hat on this one. Yet, even as I say that, a friend of mine (who does not buy duplicate bottles at GO until she knows she loves the wine) has already been back to re-purchase it twice.
Pyrenees Vineyard is in the Umpqua Valley AVA, situated close to I-5 just south of Winston, OR. Abacela (my favorite UV vineyard) is just slightly northwest of Pyrenees (that’s the only reason I know where it’s located). Until now I’ve never tasted Pyrenees wine.
This Grenache is still selling at the vineyard for $37/bottle. Grocery Outlet also is currently carrying the 2009 Merlot (still selling at the vineyard for $32/bottle) and the 2011 Syrah (not available at the vineyard). I did purchase all three (I believe GO price on all three is $5.99/bottle), at the wine sale, to taste test for the blog.
Thoughts: “Wow, this is good.” Yes, I did just quote myself. lol But that was my first thought. Then “Fruity, dry-ish and spicy.”
The vineyard PR blurb says this “The bouquet bursts open with bright red raspberry, juicy plum, and candied cherry followed by a surprise of marionberry and cranberry tart finish.”
I agree, nearly across the board (except that I don’t really get the “candied cherry”). Taste is very similar to the bouquet and really only have to add that there is a slight spiciness in the wine, more due to the higher alcohol content than any baking spices. It balances the fruit (this wine is fruit forward but thankfully not sweet). The fruit mellows and the wine is more smooth as it opens up. No, it’s not super-dimensional, if you are looking for that style, but to me, it is very tasty and still an excellent deal at $5.99. The wine opens with a screw cap top; although these days, that’s so not indicative of quality, I mostly forget to mention it.
This has been such an odd wine sale. I don’t find myself gravitating to fruit forward wines as a rule and yet several of the wines I’ve really enjoyed from GO of late have been quite fruit forward. So there’s no accounting for how my tastes will vary, apparently. I have not yet tried the Merlot or Syrah but I’d buy more of this in a heartbeat. In fact, I called Salem to see if this was still in stock. The owner tells me that they only have a “couple of cases” but she’s going to check with the buyer to see if there’s any more available. She said they also have a couple of cases each of the Merlot and the Syrah. Albany only has the Syrah, Corvallis, tmk, has none.
I will update this post with additional availability when I find out.