Cameron Giuliano 2011
Oregon is not associated with white wine. There is an occasional Chard that garners praise, but for the most part its Pinots overshadow everything else. Most of the time this is justified. However, this Italian influenced white blend from Cameron merits serious attention.
Cameron’s side-project is Cameroni, which focuses on Italian varieties and white wines. These wines are made in a bright, dry style. The grapes for the Cameroni program are sources from the highest elevation sites in the Abbey Ridge vineyard
Italian Wine in Oregon
The Giuliano is a blend of Friuliano, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Auxerrois and Muscat. It is highly aromatic, and smells nothing like other Oregon whites. Pear, apple, citrus, peach, florals and mineral dominate, and the extremely fresh and clean palate certainly reminded me of Northern Italian whites. The wine also has a wonderful textural lushness that offsets the crisp acidity perfectly. Harmonious and balanced, this is a food friendly wine that will pair with bold flavours. I paired mine with Chinese pork, tomato and eggplant stir fry and it was an awesome compliment. 12% ABV.
$36 at Marquis Wine Cellars