With less than a week until we welcome David Adelsheim to Michael's Wine Cellar, our store is in the process of bringing in several of these Willamette Valley greats.
Remember to call now (941-366-0007 ext. 224) for reservations for Michael's special wine tasting hosted by David Adelsheim, president of the Willamette Valley's Adelsheim Vineyard, set for 6 p.m. on Monday, September 23 at Michael's Wine Cellar. (The event is open to the public for $20/person, and all attendees will receive $20 off Wine Cellar purchases of $100 or more made on Sept. 23.)
Admission includes a selection of hors d'oeuvres and tastes of seven Adelsheim wines:
Pinot Gris, Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR, 2011
Crisp, bright flavors have always been the hallmark of Adelsheim Pinot gris. In this 2012, you’ll find hints of papaya, apples and pears. It pulls off the difficult feat of providing a gentle creaminess that lends a rich, mouthfilling texture and long finish, yet still impressing as a wine that’s crisp and clean. Try it with mildly spicy foods (such as ceviche), not so mildly spicy Thai cuisine, rich fishentrees, and even classic oven-roasted fowl.
Chardonnay, Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR, 2011
This Chardonnay features intense fruit character and a luscious texture. It offers fresh, crisp flavors of pear, white peach, star fruit and kiwi. It pairs well with rich seafood and poultry dishes, and hard Alpine cheeses - comté, fontina, cave-aged gruyère.
Auxerrois, Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR, 2011
This wine has aromas of tarragon and fennel bulb, plus green pear, mineral, and citrus blossom. In the mouth, these flavors reoccur and you’ll find a lively, refreshing texture. With its balance of acid, alcohol and fruitiness, the wine has body and length on the palate, yet remains fresh. Auxerrois is wonderful on its own as an apéritif, or with many courses at the beginning of a meal. It would pair well with crab salad or cured salmon with tarragon dressing.
Rose, Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR, 2011
This delicious wine offers aromas of fresh strawberries, raspberries, peach, watermelon and a touch of baking spices. The aromas follow through on a rich, well textured palate that offers great intensity and persistence to the finish. Though a perfect summer beverage on its own, this Rosé will pair with all manner of that season’s meals, from bouillabaisse and grilled shrimp, to goat cheese, ham and poultry entrees.
Pinot Noir, Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR, 2011
With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays red aromas (candied cherry, pomegranate and raspberry) on the nose and the palate. In addition, one finds a light touch of brown spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice). True to our house style, it is elegantly textured with seamlessly integrated, silky, polished tannins. Pair it with salmon or ahi, veal or pork, poultry (think duck) or beef, or hearty vegetarian entrees.
Pinot Noir "Elizabeth's Reserve", Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR, 2010
The name “Elizabeth’s Reserve” was first used in 1986 to designate the blend of our best barrels of Pinot noir. From 1987 until 1999 it designated a single vineyard wine, but in 2000 returned to a “best of winery” reserve - the best barrels from our best lots. Most of the fruit for this wine (65%) comes from five of our estate vineyards located on south-facing slopes of the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge. With many wonderful lots representing different soil types, clones, site climates, fermenter sizes, and barrel characteristics, winemaker Dave Paige pulls to- gether those that best create a reserve level wine, one that truly reflects the vintage and character of our corner of the Willamette Valley.
This wine is both elegant and intense, offering layered aromas of red raspberries, fresh Oregon strawberries, brown spice and cedar. Its aromas are reflected on a pal- ate that speaks of purity and elegance, and is exception- ally balanced with silky tannins and a persistent finish. This wine will pair beautifully with the Pinot noir classics - lamb, duck, grilled salmon, and aged cheeses.
Pinot Noir "Deglace", Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR, 2011, 375ml
Even with this sweet wine, we stay true to our winery philosophy that a wine’s highest use is in pairing with meals. That means retaining enough of the grapes’ natural acidity to ensure that the wine never becomes too cloying. Our Deglacé has amazing strawberry shortcake, citrus blossom, and nectarine aromas that meld with the viscous yet firm texture on the palate. It should prove to be a perfect match with red berry tarts, pumpkin cheesecake, and a wide range of other desserts.
Click here to view the current Adelsheim offerings available for purchase online through Michael's Wine Cellar.