Italian Varietals in Oregon Wine Country

In the heart of pinot noir country lies the Remy vineyard, known for its robust Italian wines
Italian wines in Oregon.

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

After a quick tour of the winery, we settled in at the bar and sampled a couple of Remy’s fantastic single vineyard Italian varietal wines: the 2009 Illahe Vineyard Oregon Lagrein and the 2009 Rosebud Vineyard Washington Barbera.

The lagrein was super dark and inky red in the glass, with a glowing halo of bright ruby red. Vibrant aromas of plum and raspberry were highlighted by leather and vanilla. In the mouth, round supple tannins and bright acidity with a gorgeous velvet-like texture came together to create a sultry, soulful, dark fruit wine. I absolutely loved it.

I loved the barbera equally, which was quite the Old World-style beauty. The nose was all about the blackberries, plums, and spice. On the palate, super soft tannins were rounded out by a nice, solid acidic backbone. Medium- to full-bodied, this wine was filled with jammy, fruity, dark berry flavors that were enhanced by black licorice and pie spice. A seriously awesome wine, with layers of flavors and great depth of character.

I was dying to know how Remy ended up producing intense robust Italian reds in the middle of the Willamette Valley, and I was about to find out.

Click here learn more about the Remy vineyard, and the winemaker's inspiration.

— Julia Crowley, Snooth

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