Tasting the Six Appellations with Grape Radio
Grape Radio hosts Jay Selman and Eric Anderson joined me recently to taste 2006 Willamette Valley Pinot
Noirs representing each of the six sub-appellations (there was one 2005 vintage wine). I am trying to educate
Jay about Pinot Noir and it is a long, arduous and thankless task. The convivial banter can be heard on an
upcoming Grape Radio podcast.
Every taster had their favorites but the fact remains that Oregon is producing regal Pinot Noirs with plenty of
welcoming balance, length and acidity. Could we match these wines to their respective sub-appellations if
tasted blind? No way, except maybe the Dundee Hills Pinot Noirs. Nevertheless, it is a commendable geeky
pastime to talk about Pinot Noir characteristics from the different sub-appellations.