Featured Wine: 2010 Primarius Oregon Pinot Noir
Over the holidays when we were in PA visiting family, a group of us went to one of our favorite area restaurants, River Grille in Easton. We wanted a wine that would pair with our various meat and fish dishes, and I was pleased to see this Oregon bottle on the menu at an affordable price point that allowed us to keep the wine flowing throughout the meal. I was taken with the bursting tart cherries, great acidity and soft tannins of the 2010 Primarius Oregon Pinot Noir. While it wasn't terribly complex, we found it to be highly drinkable, super food friendly, appealingly earthy and varietally correct (i.e. no attempts to extract more color and tannin than you should from a Pinot...) The name, by the way, comes from the Latin word for "distinguished."
Flash forward to last week, when I was shopping at my local Harris Teeter. I was excited to come upon it on the shelf for $15...which means I can add it to to my repertoire of go-to, affordable, domestic Pinot Noirs. Enjoy.