After our stop at Willakenzie Estate to do some wine tasting, we headed in to Carlton to stop at a couple of other places. One of our favorites, Noble Pig Winery, recently moved their tasting room to a new location right in the midst of all of the action in Carlton. I stopped in to pick up the fall wine club shipment that I hadn’t picked up yet, and had a chance to meet Cathy, the woman behind Noble Pig Wine. It’s always so much fun to put a face with a name.
I love the logo that Cathy chose for Noble Pig. She’s done a great job with the new tasting room. Make sure you stop in if you find yourself in Carlton.
I like her wines, too. I took home two very nice bottles of 2008 Pinot Noir to add to my wine collection. One didn’t last very long. I think we finished it on Sunday evening. Here are the tasting notes from the Noble Pig web site. “This wine was made from 100% Pinot Noir fruit and sourced from clones, Pommard and Dijon 114 and 115. It is an exceptional expression of wine of place. The cooling effect of the nearby Oregon Coast allows the grapes to slowly ripen on the vine. Aged 12 months in French Oak, this Pinot Noir has a silky, velvety texture with soft supple and structural tannins playing a supportive role. Especially nice with grilled salmon, ahi tuna, filet mignon, beef bourguignon, veal parmesan, mushroom risotto, pork tenderloin, roasted chicken and shellfish dishes.”
You need to check out the Noble Pig food blog, as well. I’ve made many yummy dishes from the recipes on that blog over the past few years.
The town of Carlton was packed with people! Living Social was holding a wine tasting event, so there were more people than we’ve ever seen there before. I like how Carlton has evolved into a little town that caters to the wine crowd. It has charm, unlike Dundee who doesn’t seem to appreciate the fact that people want to come to your town and spend money without sitting in traffic or looking at dilapidated buildings. Carlton reminds me of Sonoma, CA many years ago. It definitely has potential.
After walking around town a bit, we stopped in to the Ken Wright Cellars tasting room in the old train station. They’ve done a wonderful job of preserving the look of the old train station while making it into a place that’s warm and inviting. They were offering tastings from Ken Wright Cellars and one of their other labels, Tyrus Evan. We chose to taste the Tyrus Evan flight, because we tend to enjoy big, bold reds. We tasted wines from two different regions in Oregon – a southern region down near the Rogue Valley and another out by the Walla Walla wine region, but on the Oregon side of the Columbia river.
We liked both their 2006 Del Rio Syrah and the 2008 Walla Walla Syrah. We may live in Pinot Noir country, but I like my big bold reds now and then.
It was a rare, sunny January day and a perfect day to be driving through Oregon wine country.