Tasting Notes: A wine tour of Oregon in one bottle

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Oregon is known for their great Pinot Noir but lately some of the state’s top winemakers have begun to experiment with different varietals with delicious results. Enter this brand new blend from Aberrant Cellars winemaker Eric Eide, Sidecar: G-Force. Although it sounds like the title of a forgotten 70s action TV show, this label allows Eric to play around with some of the great but off-the-beaten-path fruit he has access to in Oregon. This inaugural vintage is mostly Gamay from the western edge of the Willamette Valley with a healthy dose of Cab Franc from the mountainous Applegate Valley in the south (just above the CA-OR border). Then just a drop of Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills in Willamette is blended in. The result is a red blend that’s loaded with juicy, almost California-like fruit but finishes with those delicious earthy and spicy notes that Oregon reds are known for. Only 365 cases were made and somehow it’s only 20 bucks a bottle. Small production, totally unique, totally delicious and all at a great price? I’ll be enjoying this with everything off the grill all summer long!

Aberrant Cellars “Sidecar G Force” – $20
This funky blend is made from 60% Gamay, 28% Cabernet Franc, and 12% Pinot Noir, all sourced from widely separate vineyards throughout Oregon. Gamay and Pinot spent 12 months in barrel (Gamay-Neutral, Pinot 20% new), Cab Franc 15 months (25% new) but the fruit here is vibrant and the tannins silky. Juicy black cherry and plum, with hints of violets, cola, black pepper and nutmeg. My new go-to grilling red. 

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