Brave Cellars Two Roads Pinot Noir 2016 is made by none other than Tahmiene Momtazi, head winemaker at Maysara Winery in the Willamette Valley. Maysara wines are unquestionably excellent, making her (without question again) one of the best winemakers in the valley. The Demeter certified biodynamic Momtazi vineyard produces outstanding Pinot Noir in the coastal range of the Mcminnville AVA. Tahmiene and her husband Colin Smith got Brave Cellars going in 2017 and are using Pinot Noir grapes from the Momtazi vineyard in their two opening wines. The idea behind this project is to make elegant Pinot Noir’s that are also affordable, and they’ve ticked both those boxes. The Two Roads Pinot Noir is lithe, elegant, earthy and a diverse partner for many different food stuffs. We are looking forward to trying their other wine, “Less Traveled”.

Tasting Note: This Brave Cellars Pinot Noir is friendly and ready to go. The screwcap commands you to take it with you on a picnic or camping. We were charmed on first taste. The fruit comes from the Momtazi vineyard and is crafted into a lighter style of wine than we normally associate with Momtazi. Which is what they are going for. The flavors are fruity with hints of earth, the wine is elegant in style and the weight is lithe. Flavors of strawberries, raspberries, and cherries persist, with a background of black pepper, light baking spices, and orange marmalade. This went perfect with our pasta + red sauce dinner, but could easily accompany a wide swath of food stuffs. A steal at $27.

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