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Post Kentucky Derby - 1998 Oregon Pinot Noir Dinner

May 6th 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Maginnis Residence

Host:         Melinda & Bill Maginnis (venue)
                  Harry Kamin (providing 8 different Oregon Pinot Noirs from his cellar)
Location:   Magginis Residence, 3601 SW River Pkwy, #2903, Portland, OR 97239
Caterer:    Gourmet Productions

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$105 members, $125 Non-Members
Limit: 14
 The 1998 Pinot Noir harvest was clearly the finest vintage of the 90's for Oregon.   The best wines from 1998 have it all: deep, fresh colors; sappy, complex aromatics; concentration and depth of flavor; solid supporting acidity and ripe, even tannins and length on the palate. Mother Nature did the crop-thinning that many producers were unwilling to do for themselves. The 1998 growing season had a cold, rainy spring resulting in a poor fruit set, with small clusters and small grapes.

From the outset, 1998 Oregon crop levels were typically down 30% to 50% from the norm, setting the stage for early and complete ripening and concentrated wines. August and September were warm, and the grape skins reached thorough ripeness in most vines, and harvest conditions were mostly dry. Sugar levels were average to above average, and acidities were generally adequate to good. The wines have plenty of tannic support, and the tannins tend to be round and well-integrated. The harvest was generally a few days earlier than average-and conditions were mostly dry.

The results were superb 1998 Oregon Pinots that have proven themselves time and again as some of the most enjoyable Oregon pinots ever, a benchmark/watershed vintage for pinot lovers.  We have the pleasure to sample some of the finest special cuvees, single vineyard, and reserve bottlings from some of 1998’s most renowned properties in Oregon matched with a superb menu from Gourmet Productions.

Gougeres, French Cheese Puffs
Lemon Artichoke Crostinis

Oregon Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris

Smoked Copper River Salmon atop a bed of Spring Greens
with Farro flecked with Pickled Asparagus

~1998 Bethel Heights - SE Block Reserve
~1998 Broadley-Claudia’s Choice
~1998 Chehalem-Ridgecrest
~1998 Evesham Wood-Cuvee J

Herb-rubbed Bistro Filet of Beef drizzled with
Aged Balsamic, Tomato Aioli
Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Shallots & Green Onion accompanied by Rapini

~1998 Cameron-Clos Electrique
~1998 Ken Wright-Shea
~1998 Ponzi-Reserve
~1998 St. Innocent-Seven Springs

Lemon Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Blackberry Sauce

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