A featured wine at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Oregon, where the original "Spruce Goose" (a mammoth wooden "flying boat" built by Howard Hughes during World War II) is on display. Also looming large is the quality of this honest little Pinot. Spruce Goose is 100% Pinot Noir from the famed Willamette Valley in Oregon, home to many of the country's very best Pinots. Spruce Goose is remarkable for its depth of flavor, presenting black cherry, strawberry, and white pepper notes - and also remarkable for its low price.
Not only is this a great wine but one with a beautiful label, both in it's design and the history it invokes. The "Spruce Goose" (Hughes H-4 Hercules) is a prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company. The aircraft made its only flight on November 2, 1947 and the project was never advanced beyond the single example produced. Built from wood because of wartime raw material restrictions on the use of aluminum, it was nicknamed the "Spruce Goose" by its critics, despite being made almost entirely of birch, rather than spruce. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built, and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. It survives in good condition at the Evergreen Aviation Museum, adjacent to Evergreen Vineyards in McMinnville, Oregon.