After a fantastic morning at the Evergreen Air Museum we headed back into McMinville for more wine tasting. Our first tasting of the day was at Dominio IV, Ari from Lumos directed us there with instructions to say ‘Hi’ to Mortiqui should we see him -we didn’t; we had Ryan pouring for us.
The tasting room is in the Granary District; we were on the other side of the tracks from downtown the night before and we are so glad we made it here. Inside the old Granary is a wine production facility and tasting room. The old wood walls are adorned with liquid looking colorful charts – these are the tasting notes for each of the wines, they go on the bottles in the Imagination
Series. On a narrow shelf there are half-pint canning jars with dried herbs and spices for aroma comparisons with the wine. Ryan poured each wine and provided some background for us. Our good fortune was to have the tasting room all to ourselves until the very last pour when some people we had met at previous wineries in the prior two days came in. Cordial conversation as they began their tasting and we chose our treasures rounded out the visit.
The wines, from a 2013 Viognier “Still Life” through the 2006 Tempranillo “The Tango”, a library wine, there wasn’t a wine we didn’t like! Oregon fruit, including varietals we were quite familiar with and a few Pinot Noirs were all interesting. Our favorite PN is the 2012 “Love Lies Bleeding” – bold, beautiful fruit with a full mouth feel; it is a blend of clones. We came home with a couple of bottles of the 2012 PN, a bottle of 2006 “The Tango”, and a unique wine that was fun, 2013 No. 3 Inverse Viognier/Syrah. Syrah will frequently be fermented with a bit of Viognier, this twists the blend for a little different blend. All in all a terrific visit and another fascinating learning experience in our pursuit of Oregon Pinot Noir.