I recently volunteered for an event at my alma matter called “Life After Linfield,” wherein Paloma Dale, another alumna and close friend, and I served Desert Wind and Duck Pond (different labels from the same producer) wine. After the event, the event coordinator kindly let us take home the opened bottles, so we both got to try some of what we had poured!
We poured 2010 Desert Wind Chardonnay, 2012 Duck Pond Rose of Pinot Gris, and 2010 Desert Wind Ruah. The Chardonnay was tart, with an occasional surprisingly strong bouquet of vanilla. It was one of those crisp, mineral Chardonnays that so reflect Oregon’s terroir. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try the Rose, but I heard good things about it! Rose of Pinot Gris seems to be the popular unique wine choice lately (Eyrie is making one as well). Finally, the Ruah, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a little Cabernet Franc, smelled and tasted predominantly like purple fruit and delicious full, ageable wine. The current in this red blend would pair perfectly with red meat.