Some of you may remember that in the last couple months, I had an opportunity to taste some fantastic wines from Seven Of Hearts and Luminous Hills. Both labels by talented winemaker/owner, Byron Dooley. The post for the Seven of Hearts GSM can be found here and the post for the wines by Luminous Hills can be found here. I know some time has passed since these two posts, mostly due to being out for a long time recovering from surgery and recently heading back to work. I recently had the opportunity to taste some more wines by Seven of Hearts and I am excited as ever to be able to share these with you. Without further ado, I present to you Seven of Hearts’ 2011 Pinot Gris, 2010 Pinot Noir, and 2010 Pinot Noir Dessert Wine.
The Seven of Hearts 2011 Pinot Gris is fermented completely dry in 77% neutral French oak 23% stainless steel. In the glass, the wine pours a light straw color and right away you get lovely floral aromatics. On the nose, there is also Asian pear, white peach, crisp green apple, and wet rocks. On the palate, there are flavors of white peach, delicate honeysuckle, honeydew melon, and green apple, followed by a long finish. This wine has great acidity, making it a very food-friendly wine. I paired the wine with salmon with a creamy dill butter sauce. The crispness and acidity of the wine was a wonderful compliment to the richness of the salmon and the cream sauce. This wine sells for $18 per bottle on the website. Only 385 cases produced, so definitely get your hands on some.
The next wine I tasted was the Seven of Hearts 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Those who know me well know that 2010 is one of my favorite vintages for Oregon Pinot Noir. 2010 was a cooler growing season, producing wines that were lighter in body, more acidic, and pure. Seven of Hearts 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir gets its fruit from five different vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills, Yamhill-Carlton District, Ribbon Ridge, and Dundee Hills. The wine is fermented in French Oak with 22% New. In the glass, the wine pours a gorgeous ruby color with some delicate pink hues. The bouquet of the wine is filled with dark cherry notes, plum, strawberry, cranberry, rose petals, and gentle spice. On the palate, flavors of cherry, cranberry, and pomegranate come alive. There are also hints of vanilla and baking spice. All of the flavors are tied together by beautiful acidity. This is another example of a fantastic Pinot Noir from Oregon’s 2010 vintage. This wine is a perfect pairing for salmon, pork roast, or lamb dishes. The price of the wine is $20 per bottle but unfortunately it is sold out on the Seven of Hearts website. If you do some detective work, you can find a few online retailers carrying it. 469 cases of this wine were produced. I highly recommend seeking some of this Pinot Noir out.
And now, who’s ready for dessert? Seven of Hearts makes dessert wine? Why yes indeed. The Seven of Hearts 2010 Coupe’s Cuvée marks the third vintage for this port-style Pinot Noir. Utilizing Brandy and the Traditional Port Method, this dessert wine is fermented in all Neutral French Oak and contains 6% residual sugar. In the glass, the wine pours a deep ruby color. The nose is brimming with cherry preserves, plum, caramel, maple, spice, and a hint of tobacco. The palate is coated with generous flavors of plum, raspberry, vanilla, and a touch of mint on the finish. This wine is very smooth and in a word, luscious. Pair this with some chocolate and you have an absolutely decadent indulgence. If you happen to be in their tasting room in Carlton, definitely pair this with some of the chocolates from Honest Chocolates sold onsite by wife Dana. The 375 ml size of this wine sells for $22 and the 75ml bottle sells for $42 on their website. Note: the one available on the website is the 2011 vintage. Very few quantities are produced each year, so definitely get some before they’re all gone.
I am lucky enough to be able to visit Oregon’s Willamette Valley a couple times a year and I have found many great wineries. Seven of Hearts is among one of my favorites and I recommend their wines to everyone I know and always recommend a visit to their Carlton tasting room to people that are planning trips to Oregon’s beautiful wine country. Seven of Hearts and Luminous Hills produce consistently wonderful wines. I have never had a wine they produce that I didn’t like. That definitely says something. As always, it is an absolutely pleasure tasting Byron’s wines and sharing them with you. I definitely recommend tasting his wines and paying him a visit when visiting Oregon wine country. You’ll be glad you did. I definitely look forward to when I can plan my next visit to the Willamette Valley. You can bet a visit to the Seven of Hearts tasting room will be on my list!
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Until the next time friends.
*These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes.