This is the workhorse grape of Champagne and some domestic sparklers. Very little is bottled as still wine in Oregon. It has Pinot Noir color with some similar aromas of cola and sassafras, but veers off into an earthier, almost musky direction all its own. The pretty cherry fruit calls out for duck or salmon.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.