I am new to the arena of Oregon wines, and it took me awhile to get used to the idea of them since I am a long time fan of wines from California, France and Italy. However, as time has passed and Willamette Valley wines have won medal after medal, I have been wetting my whistle now and again with our local wines. I seldom imbibe alcoholic beverages at all, but a good glass of wine with dinner now and then is something I enjoy. Today, we tried a winery that has been receiving a lot of local buzz, and I’m glad we did.
The 38 mile drive to Carlton was beautiful! Because it was a 2 lane highway, it took over an hour to get there, but that was ok. We enjoyed the scenery and had a nice chat along the way.
Raptors were out in full force, making lazy circles in the azure skies.
We decided to only go to Carlton Cellers this time.
We chose Carlton Cellers because it has, in recent months, this little artisanal winery has received:
- three 90-point ratings from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate
- 1 Platinum Medal,
- 12 Gold Medals (including 3 Double-Golds),
- 8 Silver Medals,
- 6 Bronze Medals,
- 2 Outstanding Awards,
- and a Best of Show.
Our choice was not a mistake. We were thrilled with their offerings. Very unique wines. We took home 3 our of the 6 bottles we tasted, and they will probably still be around a year from now, since we drink so little.
We bought 2 pinot noirs, a pinot gris and one specialty wine that was a blend of 3 different types of pinot grapes. I usually don’t go in much for the blended grapes, but this one was exceptional.
This is their little storage room. They have a larger one elsewhere, I believe…but I could be wrong. (I have been once or twice in my lifetime.) 🙂
After the tasting, we walked down the street to a little wine bar and ate lunch. I had THE most deliciously perfect avocado sandwich I have ever eaten! The avocado was perfectly ripe. It had leaf lettuce, sweet onions that had been marinated in balsamic vinegar, deep red heirloom tomatoes and a mayo/horseradish spread on it. Fantastic!
After lunch, we headed home feeling happy and contented….and ready for a good evening.