VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, Mouton Noir is a two-fold project producing a line of t-shirts and Oregon wines. The wines are described as unique and distinctive garage wines, initially created for some of New York's best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier and now available nationwide. Mouton Noir apparel is inspired by skateboarding, punk and hip-hop cultures.
Mack was awarded the prestigious title of "Best Young Sommelier in America" by Chaine des Rotisseurs. This got him a job as sommelier at The French Laundry restaurant and later the head sommelier position at Keller's Per Se restaurant in New York City. Over the years, he has developed relationships with well-known winegrowers and winemakers and it is with this prestigious group that he currently creates his wines. Notable vineyard sources include Thistle, Guadalupe, Elvenglade, Hyland, Zena Crown and Roserock, all in the Willamette Valley.
Wines offered include "Knock on Wood" (unoaked Chardonnay), "Love Drunk" (Rosé), Oregogne and Other People's Pinot (Pinot Noir). The wines are priced less than $20 and are sold on the winery's website. Touted as "Kick-Ass Garage Wines from Oregogne."
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