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What We’re Drinkin’: O.P.P. (Other People’s PINOT) by Susan Argiris

O.P.P. (Other People’s PINOT – that is…Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 11.53.14 AM), Mouton Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

After I cleared up that the second “P” is for Pinot Noir, the second thing I noticed about this wine was it’s stark, yet interesting label. I was looking for a nice and easy Pinot Noir and Jack suggested this bottle. He then explained that the owner and winemaker of Mouton Noir (french for Black Sheep) is the former sommelier of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry and wine director of Per Se. Not only did I grab the bottle, but I was intrigued to learn the story of how André Hueston Mack has successfully interwoven street art style with his Oregon wines.

SusanOPPOf all the grape varietals, Pinot Noir is the most difficult to grow since it is particularly delicate, susceptible to several diseases, and low yielding. Burgundy, France is home of the Pinot Noir grape where this wine is considered to be the best of the reds. Oregon’s Willamette Valley, home of Mouton Noir’s O.P.P., has a latitude and climate very similar to Burgundy, thus making it a prime location for growing Pinot Noir grapes.

O.P.P. is 100% Pinot Noir with earthy, spicy, somewhat floral notes along with flavors of cherry. You’ll notice a fresh acidity with a subtle mineral undertone. It is approachable and pairs very well with food. I’m so glad this is back in stock! There’s much more to Mack’s story – a gig at Red Lobster, designing “Beaune-thug” tees and above all, making wine accessible.  Stop in; I’ll help you choose a few cheeses to pair with your (not-too-naughty) bottle of O.P.P.