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.

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Raptors were out in full force, making lazy circles in the azure skies.

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We decided to only go to Carlton Cellers this time.

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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.

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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.)  🙂

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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!

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After lunch, we headed home feeling happy and contented….and ready for a good evening.

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