April 2016 Domestic Wine : 2014 Christopher Michael ,Pinot Noir,Oregon
Fine Wine Source Wine Club
Christopher Michael: Brothers Eric Christopher and Ryan Michael Harms have long had the spark of entrepreneurial spirit, from lemonade stands to wood-working shop sales. The winemaking business is a somewhat unlikely landing point for the brothers who were born and raised in the Midwest; however, as fate would have it, both brothers landed on the West Coast in the wine business–Ryan in Oregon and Eric in California. After many brainstorming sessions about how the pair might work together, the idea of an expression of their collective experiences was born under the Christopher Michael label. Each brother brings a unique skill set to the table, Ryan is a winemaker by trade and Eric a financial analyst in the wine business. The winery started out in 2009 by selling a small lot of Syrah by hand in Oregon. The idea was simple, craft delicious wines everyone could enjoy regardless of varietal or origin. Not afraid of vineyards in the far reaches of any growing region, the Harms brothers focus their efforts on finding expressive fruit that produces vibrant and fresh wines. Without worrying about geographic boundaries, Ryan and Eric look to work with growers that farm sustainably and seek out the best expressions of their grapes. Be it Oregon Pinot Noir or Washington Cabernet, what matters to the brothers behind Christopher Michael Wines is finding fruit that will make a delicious wine, regardless of varietal or origin.
About: The 2014 vintage started off warm, bud break was early, and vineyards went through flowering under ideal conditions. Warm and dry conditions persisted throughout the growing season and resulted in the warmest summer on record. The unusually warm weather continued in to the harvest window as picking began under optimal conditions. This was a rare year as both quality and quantity of fruit was very high. The resulting wines are showy with ripe fruit flavors and great
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir—52% Umpqua Valley & 48% Willamette Valley (10% New French Oak)
Tasting Notes: Notes of baking spice and ripe red fruit on the nose lead into plum and cherry on the palate.
Food Pairings: Think Farmer’s Market fresh: Cranberry glazed pork, grilled salmon with honey mustard and brown sugar glaze, coq au vin, Risotto with stewed tomatoes and Taleggio cheese.
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Real Pinot Noir Here-Natural flavors of Rhubarb and Dried Cherries.!! Great Served with Oily Fish, Poultry, and all red Meats. The most food friendly red wine you will ever taste.