Iris Vineyards bottle

Iris Vineyards

Pinot Noir, 2014

Richard Boyles and Pamela Frye discovered a shared interest in food and wine when they met at University of Oregon. After graduation, they spent their weekends visiting nearby wineries and vineyards in both Oregon and Washington. They later moved to Europe and tasted their way through several wine regions in France, Germany and Switzerland. They returned home to Oregon to start their own vineyard, which they did in 1996.

Profile

Iris Vineyards Pinot Noir is classic Oregon, bursting with fresh cherry and berry characters. It has floral hints, too, and a smooth texture from six months of aging in French oak.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Ruby with purple edges
APPEARANCE
Ruby with purple edges
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Smoke
Blackberry
Cherry
Plum

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

TASTING TIP

As 2014 was a warm growing season, Oregon’s Pinots have slightly higher alcohol than is typical. Pair this wine with bolder-flavored fare.

This Pinot Noir shares an earthiness with the kale, while its fruit counters the subtle heat of red pepper flakes.

This Pinot Noir's earthy, fruit flavors complement the spices in the tacos and counter the sweet potatoes' heat.

Pork and Pinot: a classic pairing. Especially when the meat gets a sear that bridges pork's earthiness with Pinot's fruit.

The Pinot Noir's brightness matches the goat cheese's tang, while its fruit flavors complement the beets' earthiness.

Pinot's fruit loves salmon's richness. Even more so here, because the bright aioli matches the wine's acidity.

Pinot Noir is a classic match for mushrooms, as both have an earthy character that bridges food and wine beautifully.

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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 subregions that all impart distinct flavors and aromas. What Willamette isn’t, however, is consistent; there are more cloudy, rainy years than sunny ones. In a good vintage, such as 2014, enjoy as much Pinot as you can before it’s all gone.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Pinot Noir grape’s thin skin is susceptible to excessive sun, rain or wind. A mild, even growing season is essential for healthy fruit—and good-tasting wine.

  • VARIETY
    Pinot Noir
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • OAK
    100% French oak
  • SOIL
    Silt and loam
  • ALCOHOL
    13.6%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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