Trisaetum Vineyard held its grand opening this weekend. It is an organic and biodynamic vineyard specializing in riesling and pinot noir. It is located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, just east of Carlton, Oregon and north of Dundee. We learned of this event through a co-worker who is an in-law of the Frey family who own the winery. In fact, she met us at the entry as she was restocking the paper towels in the restroooms. Business was good and they needed her help.
The winery was lovely, with the gates and drives laid out nicely. Inside, abstract impressionist art graces the walls, most of it the work of owner James Frey. The wines are produced in small batches, with two of them produced just for their wine club and the opening event. First stop was the riesling table. We love a nice riesling and this one was one of the better ones. Next, we had the first of three pinot noirs, each one crafted differently. Rich and I preferred the first one with the fruity notes we love from this region – black cherry especially. But the next two pinots were also excellent. Even though they were 2007 vintages, each was drinkable in its current young state. Back upstairs, we had a late harvest pinot blanc and enjoyed the art work. Trisaetum is definitely a winery to watch for the future.
Photo © Wendy Bumgardner