A friend and I decided to go wine tasting in Carlton today, then discovered that there were a bit too much to do in a limited time frame. We decided to go to two, grab a bite from the Carlton Bakery, then call it a day (for now).
Omero Cellars is a baby label, with 2011 being their first vintage released to the public. I enjoyed all of their pinot noirs, but was especially a fan of their 2010 Iliad and Odyssey pinot noirs. Omero is an anagram of the winemakers last name, Moore. It also means “Homer” in Italian, so they decided to name two of their wines after Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. They have a limited case production for their 2010 and 2011 vintages (one of the wines on the flight only had 100 cases produced), but in 2012 they should have more to go around. I recommend going to their tasting room in person instead of buying their wine online, since they have some stock in the tasting room that is marked as “sold out” online.
Their tasting room is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 116 West Main St. Carlton, OR 97111.
We also went to Ken Wright Cellars* known for pinot noir. Their tasting fee ranges from $15 to $20 for 6 wines. I did like a few of the pinots from Ken Wright (many of which aren’t available for single bottle purchases), but what really stuck out in the tasting was the syrah from Tyrus Evan. Yum!
The Ken Wright / Tyrus Evan tasting room is down the road from Omero, at 120 N Pine St, Carlton, OR 97111. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Ken Wright Cellars doesn’t offer industry discounts or comp flights