In advance of an upcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest, I’m on a quest to taste through some of the best wines from Washington and Oregon, especially the Willamette Valley. Cameron Winery and the wines they make definitely fit the bill as some of the very best wines being produced in the U.S. It’s hard not to be impressed when they are giving consumers high quality nebbiolo, on top of the classy pinot noir and chardonnay. Nebbiolo is not an easy grape by any means (nor is pinot, but that’s another story for a different post), and very few winemakers have had even marginal success with the fickle grape outside the foggy hills of Piedmont. It is both early flowering and late ripening, and also has particularity about its soils – mostly calcareous marls (a type of limestone). But, there are those who can make something surprising and special, as Cameron has done with their nebbiolo.
2014 Cameron Nebbiolo This had a beautiful bright red color in the glass. The nose was extremely compelling, cherry and strawberry at the fore. There was also tar, graphite, lavender, and black licorice to make this such a fun and interesting wine. On the palate there was excellent acid, but not overly powerful tannins. There was also a distinct saline quality to the finish. The finish was not overly long, so I don’t expect this to have a terribly long life. It was really enjoyable to drink this wine as it is today, and that is exciting. Highly Recommend