Julia, The Wine Buzz
2008 Honig Schlucht Pinot Meunier
Their Alsea Vineyard is near the small town of Alsea, Oregon, located on the west side of the coast range, about twenty two miles as the crow flies from the Pacific Ocean. On windy days, you can sometimes smell the salt from the ocean breeze. This cool, south-facing site at 550 feet of elevation, consists of Bellpine soil, an ideal earth for Pinot vines.
The Alsea vineyard was one of the first certified organic farms in Oregon. Wild clover, elephant garlic, carrots, dill and various wildflowers grow throughout the field. There is no tilling or irrigation, forcing vine roots to drill down deep into the water table below, drawing up the earth's minerals and nutrients which feed into the fruit. Farmers from the area who have tasted Barnaby's wines said it reminded them of the aroma of their well water! A good example of grapes taking on elements of their locality.
From the east slope of the coast range, this cool climate red offers flavors of cracked black pepper, black cherry and deep mineral notes. With fresh acidity this is a foodie's wine. Only 70 cases were produced (yes that's right—Seven-Zero) and we snapped up about 20% just for our club customers. Drop some fresh pasta in the water and sauté up some mild chicken sausage with some spring greens and drink Barnaby's Meunier a little cool. It's just perfect.