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Oregon Advent: Day 17
Remy Wines Lagrein 2011

by Nannette Eaton on December 17, 2014

“For nonconformity, the world whips you with its pleasure.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Remy Wines Lagrein 2011 Oregon Advent 1 copyright EatonAlive

Specializing in wines that aren’t pinot noir in the Willamette Valley takes a rebel heart. Enter Remy Drabkin. Remy grew up in the valley, and began working harvests at thirteen. The circuitous life-journey led Remy to a passion for Italian red varietals. The Real Wine Julia writes more about Breaking Bad with Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines (ok, it’s breaking bread, but the Wine Harlots chronic aphasia makes breaking bad much more thematic with the rebel, iconoclast, nonconformist vibe. Just work with me here.) More Remy coverage can be found at the Oregon Wine Press.

The Remy Wines Lagrein 2011 is a knockout. For any talk of rebellion, this a classic Old World wine. Beautifully integrated, to the point the flavors meld into one inarticulable glass of deliciousness. Remy Wines attempts to explain the wine fall short: “A sophisticated and enchanting treat to any wine aficionado.  Shaved fennel, dark fruits, spice and complex tannins and hints of berry.” Nice try. But no. If you have the discipline to just drink a glass a night, you’ll be rewarded — we’re on day four, and it’s still magnificent.

For food pairing with the Lagrein, Remy suggests Ricotta Tart with Leeks and Caramelized Shallots or Herbed Polenta with Mushrooms. Wine Harlots suggest lots and lots of charcuterie or a hearty Beef Stew. The music match is “Girl from the North Country” which is a Bob Dylan classic. We’ve picked the raucous cover by Lions to please our rebel hearts.

Remy Wines Lagrein 2011 Oregon Advent 2 copyright EatonAliveThe details: 9.5% alcohol. Screw-cap closure. Appellation: Willamette Valley. Varietal: lagrein. Retail: $48 USD. The wine was provided as an editorial sample for the Oregon Advent project. When you look at the Remy Wines website, a lot of the wines have sold out. Wine Harlots don’t recommend joining wine clubs often (there is so much wine out there in the world to explore, and being tied financially to a few producers isn’t always the smartest option for people on budgets) but in these cases, such as boutique Remy Wines, where the production is small, committing to buy their wines upfront, makes sure that you’ll have the opportunity to drink the wines, but also guarantees income for the winery.

Wine Harlots love, love, love the labels on the Remy Wines and secondary line Three Wives Wines Limited edition posters were made of both labels for holiday gifting — if you want them, we bet if we pre-order Remy will make more, it never hurts to ask!

Remy Wines Lagrein 2011 Oregon Advent 17 copyright EatonAlive

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014
Styling:  Zalto Denk’Art Burgundy Glass and Riedel “O” Pinot/Nebbiolo wine glass.

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