January Wines of the Month: Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
The January Wines of the Month come from Blakeslee Vineyard Estate, a beautiful winery in the Chehalem Mountain AVA of Oregon at the base of Mt. Hood in Willamette Valley. Blakeslee’s stunning vineyard is 100% sustainable and received their Low Impact Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) certification with their 2012 vintage.
Volcanic soils and cool air climate are just part of the reason why Oregon’s Willamette Valley was recently named “Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and it’s the outstanding terroir that makes Blakeslee so well known for their Pinot Noirs. In fact, they are one of only a few wineries that produces a white Pinot Noir.
Oh — and by the way, Blakeslee cleaned up at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Awards.
- The 2015 White Pinot Noir, a relatively uncommon varietal, was awarded a Gold Medal in the category of “Other White Varietals.” It’s made similarly to a Chardonnay but with 100% red Pinot Noir grapes and brings a delicate balance of white cherry, peach, and orange blossom aromas.
- The 2015 Rose’ of Pinot Noir was honored with a Gold Medal in the “Dry Rose/Blush” category.
- The 2014 Estate Reserve Chardonnay was awarded a Silver Medal in the “Chardonnay $42+” category.-
Blakeslee produces award winners in addition to these. Their 2014 Willamette Valley Riesling won Double Gold at the Grand Harvest competition and is off-dry with only 1.4% residual sugar.
Make a trip to visit them. The place is busting with award-winning wines.