Chehalem Mountains AVA
For the absolute best of Oregon's winemaking scene, you turn to the Willamette or Walla Walla Valleys. Located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, in the Willamette, the Beckham Estate was founded in the early-to-mid 2000s by a couple who originally had their hearts set on opening a ceramics studio. Funny how things go, it was pretty soon after acquiring the property that they realized they could plant Pinot Noir and other varietals. And so they did, spending the first few years maintaining their new plantings and apprenticing with a wide range of accomplished winemakers to boost their bona fides.
Not only is their Pinot Noir seen as a reference point for Oregon but they're also the foremost producer of clay amphorae in the US. Inspired by Elisabetta Foradori's choice of winemaking vessel and combining Andrew Beckham's background as a ceramics artist and ceramics professor, has brought an even greater renown to their amphorae production.
The winery's production is sort of split into 2 different branches, guided by vessel choice. The AD line makes Andrew's legendary amphorae the heart of those bottlings, while the Estate line makes use of neutral oak. Salivating aromas of cranberry, strawberry, rhubarb, and peppery herbs and spices underpin this savoury Pinot. The stem inclusion brings a note of baking spices and tarragon. The mouthfeel is tense and lively, with an acidic lift to counter the fruity deliciousness.
Aging potential: 8-10 years. A classic addition to any cellar.
Pairs perfectly with grilled pork tenderloin, braised rabbit tagliatelle and seared filet mignon with sauteed wild mushrooms.