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Oregon Advent: Day 11
Adelsheim Vineyards
Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

by Nannette Eaton on December 12, 2014

“Wine enters through the mouth,
Love, the eyes.
I raise the glass to my mouth,
I look at you,
I sigh.”
― W.B. Yeats

Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 8 copyright EatonAlive 2014

Iconic wine. Iconic label. The image on the label is the Adelsheim’s daughter, Lizzie, drawn by her mother, Ginny. Her father, David, talks about the origin of the labels, branding and the vision for the future in this 2010 interview with Wines & Vines. In this beautifully produced video, Adelsheim talks about why the Elizabeth’s Reserve is, in many respects, their most important wine, one that reflects the character of the winery and the Chehalem Mountains. And what a beautiful wine it is. Elegant with red fruits, and earthy with the sense of place in the glass.

Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 9 copyright EatonAlive 2014The perfect pairing for the Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir is duck confit in the French classic Cassoulet. The music match should be “Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play That Part” by Ryan Adams from the album 29, just to be thematic; but for one of the beautiful wines in the world, one of the most beautiful songs we pair, “Your Song” by Elton John from his eponymous second album.

The details: 13.9%. Cork closure. Appellation: Willamette Valley. Varietal: pinot noir. Retail: $55 USD. The wine was provided as an editorial sample for the Oregon Advent project.

Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 5 copyright EatonAlive 2014

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014

Oregon Advent Posts:
Thank You’s and Credits
How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar
Oregon Advent: Day 1:  Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 2:  Fossil & Fawn Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 3:  Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 4:  Kramer Vineyards Celebrate! Müeller-Thurgau Sparkling 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 5:  Repeal Day Special Edition: Volstead Vodka
Oregon Advent: Day 6:  Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 7:  Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 8:  Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 9:  Brandborg Oregon Gewurztraminer Umpqua Valley 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 10: Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvée Chardonnay 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 11: Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 12: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 13:  Argyle Vintage Brut 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 14: Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 15: Cowhorn Spiral 36 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 16: Mouton Noir Oregogne 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 17: Remy Wines Lagrein 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 18: Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot in a Can