Our little valley hasn’t been under cultivation since the Roman Empire, but we do have some great wine!
Foris Vineyards 2011 Fly-Over Red, Rogue Valley, Oregon.
Merlot 49%, Cabernet Sauvignon 42%, Cabernet Franc 9%. 13% Alc.
Good old Bordeaux varietals grown right here in the Rogue Valley. With flavor of blackberry and strawberry it finishes with a gentle and luxurious richness cut by slight oaked herbs thanks to the 18 months it spends in French Oak.
Fruity, rich and easy, this is a night drinker for camping and sitting around the fire, watching stars, or at least passing satellites. The generous fruit, alcohol and slight acid are more than enough to cut through the cotton mouth of a Cannabis pairing. Try a pure Indica like Purple Kush that features relaxing high with earthy and sweet flavors.
Château Petit-Freylon 2012, Cuvée Michael, Bordeaux, France.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot. 13% Alc.
Very subtle aroma with a surprisingly big flavor. Young, juicy with gentle tannins and flavor profile of ripe raspberry. Medium finish with hints of minerality and wood aging. Solid for the price and an affordable chance to try something from this famed appellation.