Medel bottle

Medel

Pinot Noir, 2015

Oregon winemakers seeking 90-plus scores get their grapes from the Johnson and Briscoe vineyards. Matt Wengel did, too—but he wanted this wine to set a new Oregon Pinot standard. That’s why the organically grown grapes were picked by hand, then fermented naturally. Matt never even ran the wine through a pump—he let gravity do the work. More than extend his own run of high scores, he wanted this Pinot to make a direct trip from the vine to your glass.

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Medel Pinot Noir is the Oregon Pinot paradigm: Old World nuance and New World fruitiness. It has fuller flavors, though, from the wine’s 30 days macerating with the grape skins and seeds.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Ruby
APPEARANCE
Ruby
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Vanilla
Strawberry
Earth
Plum

Pairing

The two foods that always pair beautifully with Oregon Pinot Noir: salmon and pork, almost without exception. But this Pinot has the heft to handle heartier, meatier dishes, too.

TASTING TIP

The subtle vanilla flavor comes from aging the wine for 14 months in French oak barrels.

Where you have fall-season earthy and roasted flavors, don't forget the plush, fruity red wine to complement them perfectly.

Pour a plush, fruity red to complement the dish's earthy grains and veggies. As classic as a fall comfort-food pairing can get.

Pour a plush, fruity red that can stand up to the chicken and complement the roasted flavor of the spuds. Simple, classic match.

Pinot is always perfect with salmon—especially when the dish has some sweetness, which the wine will balance out.

A fleshy, fruity red is always a sure thing with steaks, especially here since the wine will play nicely with the dish's umami.

A plush, fruity red matches the sweetness of the squash and complements the dish's toasty, fall-season flavors.

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More About The Wine

Willamette Valley is America’s most prestigious Pinot Noir region, with the soils and cool climate the grape loves—not to mention six sub-regions that all impart distinct flavors and aromas. What Willamette isn’t, however, is consistent; there are more cloudy, rainy years than sunny ones. But warm, dry 2015 is being heralded as the best in a decade.

DID YOU KNOW?

Only 14 years after the first vines were planted, an Oregon Pinot Noir won a prestigious wine competition—in France. French winemakers then started moving to Oregon.

  • VARIETY
    Pinot Noir
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Johnson Vineyard & Briscoe Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
  • OAK
    100% French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.2%
  • FARMING
    Certified organic

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