This has quickly become a favorite producer. Wild cherry, raspberries and cinnamon red hots on the nose. Ripe red fruit flavors in the mouth that are so smooth while meaty tannins take you past the finish. Such a great food wine! But also so refined that it’s a great sipper. TBL — 3 days ago
39th anniversary 🙂 — 2 days ago
3/11/20. 2014 vintage bought at winery. With Sue and Richard Spooner at our Gîte for dinner. Perfect wine with Lynn’s boulonnaise. — 2 years ago
Stone fruit. Insane depth and finesse. — 10 hours ago
Partnership w/Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat. Barbara Barham & Richard Mendelsohn planted 5 acres of Pinot on Lala Panzi Ranch in the RRV. They had similar visions on Pinot’s & thus led to this partnership. Aged in predominately new Allier & Vosges wood. Aromas of berry fruits with dusty earthy nose. On the palate, berry flavors come forth with hints of tea & spice. Medium+ length, fine tannins, ending with earthy mushroom character, it was good, lost its luster, at its prime now! — 2 years ago
Fine bubbles, compact and enveloping bouquet: White fruits, chestnut, honey/brioche, citrus zest. Fine fresh, deep.. winey champagne ideal for replacing whites on seafood, white meat, cheeses.
Bulles fines, bouquet compact et enveloppant: Fruits blanc, châtaigne, miel/brioche, zeste d’agrume. Fin frais, profond.. champagne vineux idéal pour remplacer les blancs sur des fruits de mer, viande blanches, fromages. — a month ago
Rounding up here. Closer to 89-90 upon opening, but fleshed out and mellowed (in a good way) later in the day.
I’ve had the VGW, EGW, Eola Springs and the Richard Hermann and found the VGW to be the most different. The vein of simileties between these Chardonnays is a fair bit of reduction, but the others have this sweet-smoke to them…the VGW comes across more sweat/vegetal on the nose. I put it in a decanter and left it alone for an hour and it had shed that note and revealed grilled lemon and oyster shell in its place. Deep yellow in the glass with a bright yet mid weight profile. It’s not rich nor is it lean. Herb crusted yellow fruits and lemon oil dominate the palate. Stoney/mineral driven. I corked this after 6hrs and then revisited the next day and found that it was fairly similar to the last glass I had the evening before. Obviously a few years will benefit this, but if opening now, definitely give it a decant.
I’m not sure I can compare this Oregon Chardonnay to anything else. 13% ABV, and I suppose it’s very “Oregon” as I could see it being a bridge between OR and burgundy. — 3 months ago