Wine Wednesday: Domaine Roy & Fils 2014 Incline Pinot Noir

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Domaine Roy was the first winery I visited in Portland, Oregon in 2017 during the Society of Wine Educators conference. I was surprised at the size of the winery and sleek nature of the winery. I didn’t know much about it before we arrived and found the visit truly eye-opening. We tasted the Pinot Noir Incline 2014 it had rich fruit notes and a round mouthfeel. While 2014 in some parts of the wine world wasn’t considered a great vintage, as the year of my son’s birth, it is a very special vintage to me. We also tried the 2013 Pinot Noir and a Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton Incline. That one had great minerality and was beautiful, floral and fruity at the same time. It also showed some tea notes.

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The history behind Domaine Roy & Fils is very interesting. It began in 2012 when two sons, Marc-André Roy and Jared Etzel decided to follow their fathers efforts. Their fathers had created the very successful winery, Beaufreres in 1991. We visited the Iron Filbert Vineyard and Winery in the Dundee Hills AVA. Formerly a hazelnut orchard, they planted it to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2013. It is a south facing parcel with volcanic soils and Basalt rock. 2015 was their first vintage. Their wines are made from estate and non-estate fruit, currently.

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They were lovely hosts and we were all impressed with their attention to quality fruit and the wines. I’m sure they will be hugely successful going forward. I haven’t had their subsequent vintage but imagine they just get better and better. I am reposting this in honor of the last days of Oregon Wine Month.

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  1. Reblogged this on avvinare and commented:

    Remembering this amazing trip to Oregon to celebrate #InternationalPinot Noir Day. I found this great site which talks about the grape and the day. To me Pinot Noir is the height of elegance in a wine. Raising a glass to all for a healthy and safe last few weeks of August.

    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. While this was not the final moment in the struggle to get the vote for many women, particularly women of color, it was nonetheless an important milestone in American history. The right to vote is so fundamental to our democracy that it seems today should be celebrated all the more when our votes being counted seem in question in the coming election. Raising a glass to women everywhere.

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