One of the bottlings that Battle Creek Cellars winemaker Sarah Cabot takes special pride in is her entry-level Unconditional Pinot Noir, which has traditionally pulled significantly from Battle Creek Vineyard. This time, it accounts for 25% of the blend, trailing Waldo Hills Vineyard (30%) and Sunshine Mountain Vineyard (30%) while gaining help from Yamhill Valley and Yamhela vineyards. There’s little influence of oak, which allows for tones of blackberry and blueberry, joined by cherries and dried herbs. Spot-on cranberry-like acidity and a sprinkle of white pepper combine for a lovely farewell. And during the pandemic, wines such as the Unconditional are more valued than ever. This was among the unprecedented eight “Outstanding!” ratings — the equivalent of a gold medal — earned by Cabot during Wine Press Northwest magazine’s tasting earlier this year of 137 examples of Pinot Noir.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (13.5% alc.)
Cases produced: 1,988
Food pairings: Enjoy with salmon, lamb, pork, poultry, mushroom risotto, hearty casseroles or game such as venison, elk or wild birds.
Battle Creek Cellars tasting room
820 NW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
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