Ardiri Winery & Vineyard – Cornelius, OR

A mere 30 miles west of Portland lies Ardiri Winery & Vineyard in Cornelius, OR. The atmosphere is hard to beat with a view of Mt. Hood on sunny days and fire pits, cozy seating and oversized blankets for the more typical cool and rainy days. The bar is located inside but the entire tasting room has roll-up windowed doors for an indoor/outdoor experience. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the afternoon with some fabulous wines no matter the weather.

If that alone doesn’t convince you Ardiri is one to visit, then let’s talk about the wine. They produce Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc blends with the grapes coming from 5 acres down in Carneros, Napa Valley, California as well as a 15 acre vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon. So whether you prefer Oregon Pinot Noir or Napa Valley Pinot Noir, Ardiri has you covered!

The staff at Ardiri is well-informed and unpretentious, and I always enjoy talking with them while tasting. I find nice people in the tasting room always add to my experience. Speaking of tasting, here’s a look at their current tasting flight, which costs $10 and is refunded with a two bottle purchase:

First Pour: Picpoul de Pinet 2012, Coteaux du Languedoc, Le Chevalier de Novato
Price: $19 Retail (this is at the winery pricing and will be for all that are listed below too)
Notes: Ardiri ran out of their delicious Chalem Gold Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc blend fairly early in the summer so they imported this wine from France to have a white. This wine is light and crisp with lots of citrus on the nose and mouth. This goes nicely with a salad.
My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Second Pour: Pinot Noir 2010, Willamette Valley
Price: $29 Retail
Notes: The quintessential Oregon Pinot Noir with bright cherry, smoke, and rich earth on the nose. Very smooth in the mouth. This one is probably my favorite wine they are pouring right now, and it will pair nicely with a large variety of foods.
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Third Pour: Pinot Noir 2010, Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Price: $29 Retail
Notes: I love having the Oregon Pinot Noir first followed up by the Los Carneros Napa Pinot Noir to be able to compare the two side-by-side. This one is much more fruit forward as well as lighter and brighter.
My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Fourth Pour: Pinot Noir 2009, Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Price: $29 Retail
Notes: I also enjoyed having the 2010 Carneros followed by this 2009. It’s amazing how wines can vary each year. This one is really nice on the nose with more spice than the others. Tart raspberry in the mouth.
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5. My husband would give this 4 stars out of 5. I mention this because we all have different palates and preferences. Be your own judge and drink what you like!

Fifth Pour: Pinot Noir 2009, Willamette Valley
Retail: $29
Notes: Bright yet bold, earthy with notes of cherry. This is a complex wine and it’s difficult to pick out exactly what you smell and taste, but it’s delicious. The Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs are my preference here at Ardiri.
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Not a part of the tasting flight is my new obsession called Due Stati (shown in one of the photos above). This is a 50/50 blend with half of the grapes coming from the Carneros region and the other half from the Willamette Valley; Oregon and California playing VERY nicely. Retails for $38 at the winery or $43 online. Be extra friendly in the tasting room and you’ll probably be able to score a pour of this one too.

For more information on Ardiri Winery & Vineyard, visit http://www.ardiriwine.com/.

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