Iris Vineyards, Oregon (United States) “House Call” 2019

($20):  Though not apparent from the label, Iris’ 2019 House Call is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Franc (50%), Malbec (32%) and Merlot.  Since Oregon’s signature red is Pinot Noir, it is odd to think of a Bordeaux blend coming from there.  The warmer (at least compared to Willamette) Rogue Valley, the origin of these grapes, is not as Pinot Noir-centric as the rest of Oregon.  Iris’ blend works because it’s lively.  Nothing is overdone.  This juicy, but not too fruity, mid-weight red displaying an engaging sour-cherry-like zip.  Mild tannins allow you to chill it, which serves it well.  Untwist the screwcap when pondering what to serve with BBQ.  Its energy will cut through any rub or sauce you put on the ribs.
88 Michael Apstein Aug 23, 2022