Travel Tuesday: Hitting the Orgundian Trail at WillaKenzie Estates
The Gate is Straight, Deep and Wide; Break On Through to the other side ~ Jim Morrison
Break on through is what we did in
, broke through to the other side of Pinot Noir and onto the Orgundian Wine Trail. Here in the picture above you have the aerial view, which of course I sadly didn't take. But I wanted you to have the bird's eye view of this beautiful property. Their winery and the vineyards are easily located at Oregon 19143 NE Laughlin Rd. in in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. So please do yourself a favor the next time you're in Portland stop by the tasting room, see the property [take a tour], taste the great wines and relax because after-all you're in wine country. Yamhill, OR
Here in the picture above you see the old tasting room, which is still used. And in the picture below you can see the brand-new tasting room, which I think I like quite a bit better. But with such a big space, I was surprised that the new bar was not a lot bigger.
After a quick spin through the new tasting room it was time to take the bloggers out to see what makes the wines so special, it was time to play in the dirt. There was a large hole dug down into the soil so we could see the layers of sediment and complexity that give the grape and wines from this area their distinctiveness.
The next thing we did and thought this was a fun exercise is that we learned to cut-off the wing-man that grow off to side of the main grape bunch, sucking the life out the other grapes. Which you can see in the picture below.
After that fun and informative trip into the vineyard, it was time to go back in side to taste the wine from the many different wineries who call the Yamhill Carlton AVA home.
Wow, this was a great tasting, that they had lined up for us. Each wine on that sheet told its own story. You had everything from freshly cut cigars, florals to an odd unexpected eucalyptus jumping out of one of the glasses. I also found what I would call all the other usual suspects in Oregon Pinot Noir, things like tar, black berries, raspberries, coffee and baking spices. Some more subtle than the others, while still others had an amazingly captivating nose. After this was the an up-hill walk to the Triple Black Slopes, tasting wines and sampling snacks meant to be paired with the wine.
There was a bit of logistical difficulties, but by the time we made it to the top it was all worth it. Taking into account the considerable heat some of the bloggers wilted like a sun-flower on parched soil, it was not a pretty sight. But none-the-less most of persevered and drove-on wine glass in hand.
All in all, it was a great adventure and I for one learned so much more about Oregon wine that day and look forward to seeing the Orgundian Wine Trail again soon. Until next time folks, sit-back, relax and remember to sip long and prosper cheers!