2016 Lady Hill Cuvée Étienne Lucier
Etienne Lucier, a French-Canadian fur trader, was the first farmer of European decent in Oregon and produced wheat, peaches, pigs and other livestock on his prosperous farm. Years later, Lucier would attend the Champoeg meetings and accounts indicate he cast a decisive vote making the Oregon Territory part of the U.S. His homestead and farm are a “stone’s throw” from Lady Hill Winery. Also exhibiting characteristics of the 2016 vintage and Slide Mountain, this wine leads with crimson red to ruby at the core. Cool blueberry and black cherry fruits of Merlot dance with Cab Franc’s hints of fresh thyme and tobacco leaf. While fine on their own, the hefty addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Petit Verdot helps with ageability, keeping the fruit dark and ensuing tannins tight for hearty pairing. While difficult to save for your cellar, this savory masterpiece will evolve through 2025. Pair with Shepherd’s pie, seared flank steak, bleu cheese, or roasted garlic and fig spread.