Wine tasting expeditions – Fire + Flood

Fire + Flood is a new tasting room that’s opened up in downtown Newberg. Their label plays off of literature such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (chessboard label, “Two Messengers” label) and Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey (Chapter 24 label).

We started off with a 2012 Walter Scott Pinot Blanc, which was a little bit hearty for me, but had good acid. It seems like a good wine to pair with food. Their 2012 Walter Scott La Combe Verte Pinot Noir was young, evident in its bouquet, bold and fruity. It needed a little time to aerate but was better by the third sip.

The 2011 Chapter 24’s Two Messengers Pinot Noir has an interesting story. Two Messengers is based on a quote from Lewis Carroll, when the king said something like “I need two, you know, one to come and one to go.” The idea behind this being both the vineyard and the wine play an important part in the process. The wine was great for the price ($20!) but a little one dimensional. If you are entertaining, I’d say this is a great go-to wine with a fun story to go with it. I preferred the 2012 Chapter 24’s Two Messengers, which was a little sweeter, sat on your tongue more fully, and was easier to drink.

Chapter 24’s 2012 The Fire was just that. It was bold and spicy, surprising your palate from the beginning to the end. It had a strong start, complicated spiced middle, and went out with a bang as well. It was only bottled three weeks ago, but was showing well already. Aptly named, it had a spark to it with a clean finish (none of that metallic taste that’s in too many Pinot Noirs).

The 2012 Flood isn’t what I’d expect from a 2012. Created from a mix of the Chehalem Mountains, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton AVAs, it has darker fruit and a smooth, soft–almost muted sensation that slides down your throat like a river. It has the great 2012/2008 characteristics while still maintaining the subtle elegance of a 2011. It was my favorite of the flight in its complexity, and was a sheer pleasure to drink.

20131110_163956The tasting room is also going to have an interactive wine wall. Bottles of wine will be displayed along one of the walls, with accompanying audio files of the winemaker’s commentaries about those wines. Customers will be able to access the stories of wines they are most interested in using a tablet. It’s the perfect way to engage the consumer on another level, with minimal effort, while still keeping the tasting room staff available to answer any additional questions.

Visit their tasting room/wine bar Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
602-A First St. Newberg, OR.

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