When you watch Alfred Hitchcock's timeless thriller, "Psycho" (1960), consider pairing it with a Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley, like Owen Roe. This elegant red wine, with its delicate flavors and subtle nuances, is the perfect companion for a suspenseful evening spent exploring the mysterious corners of the Bates Motel.
Psycho (1960), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is a psychological horror thriller and a rightful classic. The film follows Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), a secretary who steals a fortune from her employer to start a new life with her lover. On the run, she checks into the remote Bates Motel, run by the enigmatic Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his domineering mother. As the narrative unfolds, the film explores themes of obsession, duality, and the darkness within the human psyche.
Why Owen Roe's Pinot Noir? This exquisite wine hails from the renowned Willamette Valley in Oregon, a region celebrated for its exceptional Pinot Noir grapes. This particular vintage offers a harmonious balance between the elegance of Old World Pinot Noir and the fruit-forward intensity of its New World counterpart.
On the palate, the a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir presents a delicate dance of flavors. The initial taste is dominated by bright red fruit, which then transitions into a rich and velvety mouthfeel, evoking the film's gradual descent into darkness and suspense. The wine's smooth tannins and bright acidity keep the tension alive, much like the movie's unforgettable score.
A Willamette Valley Pinot Noir also offers a sophisticated and memorable pairing with the original 1959 novel by Robert Bloch, less so the A&E prequel series, "Bates Motel." It's anyone's guess what would best accompany the 1998 remake - stick to the classic. Whatever you do, don't pair any of them with your mother. Find someone else to watch with.
By Eddie Beeby
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