If there is such a thing as wines that can conjure a personal connection irrespective of “greatness,” but a connection of language and dialect, this is one of those wines for me. The same is true of all Ovum wines I’ve tried - quiet wines of place. Voluptuous but not clamorous.
Green herbs and aloe. Ice box spiced lemon meringue pie. Fat and creamy. Minty lemony creme brûlée. — 5 days ago
The ‘Willamette Valley’ Pinot Noir by the talented Erik Kramer is a fantastic new wine from this storied Oregon winery. The nose is loaded with red fruits that combine with lighter orange zest and peat moss undertones that round out the enticing aromatics. The texture here is really good, as is the bright, mouth-watering acidity. Red fruits dance with citrus tones and minerals on the palate. Seriously good, enjoy this beautiful new wine over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 92
— 4 days ago
Opened a few fun bottles to celebrate my birthday this past weekend. Cheers to 31!
Pale yellow in the glass. Fruit is very bright...lemon, underripe peach, and limestone aromatics. Quite strong acidity upfront...reminiscent of a nice Chablis. Because of the structure and acidity, I think this is best enjoyed slightly warmer than cellar temp. It rounds things out. Definitely not an overoaked Chardonnay, but just a kiss of it to keep it from being racy. Lemon zest and caramelized green apple highlight the finish. I’d have no problem holding these another year or two, but great now if warmed up slightly. — 10 days ago
This is the 30th anniversary of this iconic Pinot Noir bottling. This particular edition was aged for sixteen months in 65% new French oak prior to bottling. The nose here is simply sensational ranging from cardamon accents to peat moss and black truffle shavings to bright red fruits and citrus zest that all amalgamate marvelously. The texture is beautiful as this silky wine effortlessly dances across the mid-palate. The seamlessness of this wine really entices. Dense dark and red fruits pack this incredible new release. I realize that I have written this before but this 2016 ‘Evenstad’ is up there with the best of its kind ever produced. If enjoying in its youth I beseech you to afford at least a two hour decant prior to enjoying this seductive, hedonistic Oregon Pinot Noir. Drink 2020-2040- 95 — 3 days ago
I think this one has done quite a bit of growing since the last note made here 5 years ago. This wine has a lot of very good structure, raspberry and bing cherry in the front, and herbal quality in the middle. Finishes with good acidity and grip with softening tannins. Not a lot of power here and was easily outdone by an Antikythera. Actually seems to be in a really good spot, not really too sure if this is capable of much more. — 5 days ago
Art rock and exceptional Oregon Pinot Noir. One of the most creative and layered records I know. A different journey with each listen even after all these years. Great Pinot Noir is similar, always something to love and always something to learn. Acid driven fresh example from Goodfellow here. — 9 days ago
One of the great Pinot Gris bottling in Oregon, the 2017 ‘Vitae Springs’ Pinot Gris by St. Innocent is a dazzling new release. On the nose this shows really good range from sourdough bread to ripe Japanese pear to grassy tones that all fill the bouquet. The palate shows incredible texture and tension, with gobs of mouth-watering acidity that excite. Harmonious throughout with ripe pear, starfruit and brioche flavors, this is a complete wine that is one of the best of its kind that I have ever sampled. Simply put, this wine is a masterpiece. Drink 2019-2025- 94
— 4 days ago
The ‘RMS’ Rose Sparkling Wine is a limited production bottling by superstar winemaker, Rollin Soles, who first began making this style of Oregon sparkling wine in 1987. The nose is highly perfumed with red rose petal, guava puree, teaberry and melon tones that fill the aromatic profile. The palate is refined as there is a wonderful elegance and seamlessness to this beautiful Rose Sparkling Wine. Red fruits and lighter earthy and citrus rind notes dance with the bright sense of minerality on the palate. While refined, this wine has some seriously good weight. A stunning wine that is truly one of the best of its kind, I can imagine this great bottling will cellar well for two decades. But why wait? Drink 2019-2035- 95 — 9 days ago