We don’t talk much about Oregon wines, but after this tasting, we really should! I have had my proverbial socks knocked off by the wines of St. Reginald Parish. With unique winemaking practices, and excellent vineyard sources (Sisu vineyard in Yamhill Carlton) - winemaker Andy Young is taking the world of Pinot Noir by storm! His 2016 Reggie Pinot Noir jumps out of the glass with fresh vibrant raspberries and cherries - and, though the nose is bright and fresh, the palate is more serious with soft structure, strawberry fruit leather, and the faintest hint of freshly sharpened pencil that had me asking for a second pour. This wine is a must try for Pinot fans. With only 50 cases total production, and a mere 3 cases that came to Texas, you should act fast to try this groundbreaking Pinot Noir!
Andy Young was taking a Louisiana community college class in wine making when he heard the news. "I found out that a vineyard about 10 hours away in West Texas was willing to give away fruit to students," he says. "I drove out there with my dog and 10 10-gallon buckets. I drove for hours and hours, rented equipment, and took chain saws to plastic bins that formerly held tomatoes to create fermentation tanks. In the end, I got two whole cases of wine out of the deal, and I loved every minute of it. So did my dog." The 2016 Reggie Pinot Noir features 92% Pinot Noir and *% Pinot Gris - the wine undergoes 40 day carbonic maceration before barrel aging- leading to the fun fresh fruity qualities of this wine. Unique winemaking, and a unique story make for a unique approach on wine. Stay posted- this guy is going places!