Mid week and I needed a reasonably priced pinot to match a nice duck breast cooked at home in a traditional orange sauce. A reasonably priced oregon pinot should fit the bill. I selected the Erath 2009 so here goes!
Nice clarity and pale cranberry coloured. Some funky and earthy notes showed promise on opening but blows off after a short time and does not develop leaving aromas of stewed strawberries.
Palate is quite disjointed initially with flavours all over the place. It settles into the strawberry and raspberry fruit spectrum. Light to medium weight with good acid balance. The length is perhaps a little short and finishes reminiscent of fine coffee grinds. The wine lacks definition, weight, complexity and finish. This is a relatively simple wine that would be easy to dismiss. I would have, in fact, been a lot harsher in my assessment if I hadn’t drunk this wine with a good meal to compliment it. Normally wine enhances food. In this case the food lifted the wine! In these lighter feminine wines, good balanced acidity is very important and this wine gets it right. As a result it is good food wine and matched our meal quite well.
While this is not one for the cellar, it can be a good companion for an appropriately matched meal and is reasonable value for money.
According to their website (http://www.erath.com) “The “Oregon” Pinot Noir is the cornerstone of the Erath wine portfolio. A blend of different vineyard sites in Oregon, this wine is a fruit forward, ready-to-drink style of Pinot Noir designed to highlight the variety’s best characteristics. Our goal with this wine is simple – make the best Pinot Noir in the world for under $20.” A big call!!