Firesteed Pinot Noir Oregon Wine Review (Under $15)

December 13, 2011

Following the tradition of equine related vineyards, here’s another uncomplicated wine from the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is fast becoming known for its brilliant Pinot Noirs and the properly paired Firesteed, while not a brilliant Pinot, certainly serves up a fair offering to this reputation.

Be aware, that is an extremely light Pinot! I suggest letting it breath for at least 15 minutes and note it pours very thin but don’t let that steer you away as its uncomplication seems to be its strength.

I’d pair this with something tangy like Indian food, BBQ or anything with a little zest to spice it up. It’s easy to drink without a meal yet I prefer going solo on wines with a little more body than this offers.

Firesteed chose to start with varietals, not because they had vineyards full of ripe grapes, but because they believed they would rapidly gain a following with the wine-buying public. These are wonderful food wines, with bright fruit flavors and low tannins.

My recommendation… ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Technical Data
Appellation: Oregon State
Alcohol: 12.7%
PH: 3.73

Winemaker notes:
“Garnet in color with aromas of raspberries, cedar, leather and exotic spices, the wine’s berry and cherry flavors are framed by soft tannins and continue throughout its on the lingering finish. Grapes for this wine, as in previous years, were sourced from throughout the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue and Walla Walla Valleys, creating a truly Oregon blend.”

Recommended pairings:
Texas-style spicy BBQ, Filet mignon w/ garlic roasted lemon potatoes, spicy curries.

Request it from your favorite local wine shop or you can find 2009 Firesteed Pinot Noir 750 ml online for $14.99 plus shipping. Tell them you found Firesteed from Angelea at HorseGirlTV!

If you’ve tried it, please feel free to share your thoughts with a comment below!