A to Z Wineworks Oregon Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir’s delicate structure and subtle flavors are on display here: wild strawberry, black cherry, dried cranberry, pomegranate, and a little earthy autumn leaves and graphite coming through on the finish. This shows all the hallmarks of Oregon Pinot Noir and is the perfect lighter style of red wine for the hot summer months. Pair this wine with classic pairings like grilled salmon, mushroom risotto, or chicken Marsala.
King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris
King Estate was founded in 1990 by the Kansas City-connected King family, who operated King Radio Corporation and was quite a fixture in the area and in the avionics industry for decades. Declared the “Year’s Best Pinot Gris” by Wine & Spirits Magazine, this fresh and lively white wine exhibits flavors of snappy green apple, pineapple, lemon, and honeysuckle. Stainless steel fermentation keeps the wine crisp and refreshing, while four months on the lees gives a little more weight and roundness to the structure. This patio wine is great with any variety of fish and shellfish, as well as pasta primavera, Greek chicken with pita, or a simple cheese and fruit plate. 90 pts. Wine & Spirits
Saviah Cellars “The Jack” Cabernet Sauvignon
Hailing from some of the best vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley, “The Jack” offers great value and flavor from this exciting region. Black currant, blackberry, and baked blueberry flavors mingle with subtle cedar, dark chocolate, and clove spice notes. This is truly an exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon for the price, and will pair well with a nicely peppered steak, barbequed brisket, or sizzling fajitas.
89 pts. Wine Enthusiast
Radicle Vines Cabernet Sauvignon
Another locally-connected winery, Radicle Vines is the brainchild of a former KU Jayhawk, Jerry Owen. Dark fruit flavors of blackberry, blueberry, black fig, and black plum dominate the fruit profile, while an interesting floral note and a little earthiness is imparted from a portion of Cabernet Franc blended into the wine. This Cab is a great match for pot roast, barbequed beef short ribs, or cacao-inflected chicken mole poblano.
North by Northwest Red Blend
Also made by the folks at King Estate, the composition for this blend is 42% Syrah, 24% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec. A rich, oak-influenced palate of ripe black cherries, dried figs, boysenberries, and raspberries gets a healthy dose of vanilla, mocha, sandalwood, and baking spices. Grilled lamb chops would make a good match for this red blend, as well as smoked meats and sausages.
Underwood Pinot Noir
Refreshing and light-bodied reds like this offer a pleasant respite from the brutal heat of the summer for die-hard red wine drinkers. Tart cherry, pomegranate, and strawberry flavors get a floral kick, keeping the wine light on its feet. This is the type of red wine that pairs well with fish and poultry, normally the domain of white wines.