2014 REX HILL Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Magnum
Olive oil poached salmond, mushroom risotto, mild cheeses, grilled ahi, pumpkin ravioli, pork tenderloin, proscuitto, pizza with sausage and mushrooms
Recipe from Chef Amy:
- 7 cups mushroom or chicken stock
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 large shallot, minced
- 1.5 cups Arborio rice
- 1 lb wild mushrooms (about .5 lb shitake, remaining .5 pounds any mix of maitake, chanterelle, morel, or any seasonal wild mushrooms), cleaned and torn into bite-size pieces
- .5 cups dry white wine (chardonnay works well)
- 3 Tbs butter
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 sprig thyme or savory
Bring stock to a simmer and keep warm.
Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and add shallots, stirring to cook until translucent. Add mushrooms, along with a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute for about 5 minutes.
Add rice and thyme and stir frequently until it starts to smell slightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add wine and stir until wine is cooked away. Add about 2 cups of the hot stock (enough to cover the rice) and stir until the liquid is almost completely absorbed. Continue adding the stock in about a half cup at a time, cooking until the stock is absorbed each time, until the rice becomes tender but not falling apart. You should have about a half cup of warm stock left. Remove the sprig of thyme or savory.
Stir in butter and half of the parmesan, and add salt and pepper to taste. If the risotto is very thick, add in the remaining warm stock. Serve topped with the remaining parmesan.
The 2014 REX HILL Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a dark ruby red color with striking clarity and depth. Primary aromas of plum, black cherry, blueberries, tobacco, violets, lilacs, iris and wet stone lead. Over time, notes of cassis, thyme, iron, clean earth (sous bois) and wild strawberries (fraise de bois) deepen and add complexity to the initial bouquet. On the palate, the attack is focused and pure with a transparency that belies the intensity of the vintage. Flavors like cherries, cassis, flowers and smoke echo the aromas. Structured with ripe tannins and good acidity, the 2014 REX HILL Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a classic example of Oregon Pinot Noir from a vintage that gave us real density on the palate with bright fruit flavors and purity. The wine has the intensity, balance and concentration to age and become more complex over the next 15 to 20 years.