The Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir 2020 is produced from grapes from several growing Oregon regions. Willamette Valley is the most well-known, but there are 23 AVAs, including Rogue Valley and Umpqua Valley. The Firesteed Winery (founded in 1992) is located in Dundee, Oregon. This is their entry-level offering with their wines focusing on different areas of the Willamette Valley.
The Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir 2020 lists on their website for $20 with average prices on the internet being $13 to $16, I found it for $12.99.
The 2020 vintage (the current release is the 2021 vintage) was a Covid year and an Oregon fire year. The grapes used here had a long and full growing season and were picked before the fires and smoke could have caused damage.
The Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir 2020 was fermented two ways, in sealed stainless steel vats and open-top containers. The yeast used came from grown in wine cellars in Burgundy. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels and stainless steel vats.
The Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir 2020 is produced with great care, using grapes from all over Oregon and using a variety of winemaking techniques. The alcohol content is 13%.
The Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir 2020 Tasting Notes
The color is see-thru cherry red with black highlights. The nose cherry, herbs, mushroom, crushed fall leaves, asphalt, spice, and orange zest. The Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir 2020 has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel with sleek flavors.
This Pinot Noir tastes like black cherry, a shot of spice, faint dark chocolate, and plum. The mid-palate adds rough-edged spice, raspberry, sour cherry, vanilla, and cranberry. The acidity is well-balanced and gives the flavors good length.
- The Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir 2020 is a well-priced solid introduction to Oregon Pinot Noir.
- It has real Pinot Noir characteristics and flavors at a very affordable price.