I have been a little silly over a certain wine that is definitely a product of New World fruit – Willamette Valley, Oregon to be precise – but has a certain Old World sensibility. The result is one sexy wine that keeps me coming back for more.
So what is it about the wine? It is an authentic reflection of its cool climate and proudly so. The wine pops with juicy cherry fruit and violet mingle with earth and exquisite minerality. What’s also intriguing is that it’s a red wine that is only 12.5% alcohol, which is not the norm in the New World. When it comes to pairing it with food, the possibilities are mind-bogglingly vast: steak frites, seared duck breast, pork chops over mashed sweet potatoes, etc.
And let’s not forget the label because they do matter. Intriguing. Is there a message here? Why rhinestones, something shiny and inexpensive? I would characterize the wine differently as a “diamond” as in the phrase “a diamond in the rough,” the “rough” being our U.S. wine production, which can be touch and go. (I can still recall a wine maker event at Bay Grape in which Jill Matthiasson spoke about how Napa “lost its way.”) Yes, it has been compared to Cheverny from the Loire Valley and rightfully so – though it is more Pinot Noir than Gamay and red Cheverny is dominated by the latter. Bow & Arrow prides itself on making wines from grapes found in the Loire Valley and in the Loire Valley style.
Above all, it is a reminder of all-things-good that our domestic wine industry. has to offer This is what happens when you put a little soul in your wine making.
For your consideration and drinking pleasure Portland’s own Bow & Arrow’s 2014 Rhinestones ($25), a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Gamay sourced from the Willamette Valley.