South Stage Cellars 2011 Pleasant View Vineyard Pinotage, Rogue Valley, $30

By on March 5, 2016

south-stage-cellars-pleasant-view-vineyard-pinotage-2011-labelThis South African cross of Burgundy (Pinot Noir) with Rhône (Cinsault) is that country’s third-most-planted red grape, and it is one of 29 varieties the pioneering Moore family manages among 14 vineyards throughout Southern Oregon. In the hands of Linda Donovan at Pallet Wine Co., in Medford, the product of nearby Pleasant View Vineyard offers perfumy aromas of baby powder, black currant and Marionberry, followed by flavors of plump black cherry, red currant and pomegranate. Juicy tannins and its finish of milk chocolate and vanilla bourbon lead to thoughts of a pulled pork, eggplant parmesan, barbecued meats or a plate of aged cheddar, gruyère and Rogue Creamery’s Rogue River Blue. The fascinating wine is available at the Moore’s historic brick South Stage Cellars tasting room in downtown Jacksonville.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 75 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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