Wither Hills

Ken Wright Cellars

Canary Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Color of purple with ruby hue. Quite clear and nice legs. Nose of dark fruits, dried strawberry, aldehyde, oily and crayon, a bit smoky, and fragrance is refined. Taste follows the nose with addition of grapefruit sweetness, strawberry vanilla, zest, mineral, minty, simply quite tasty. Second sip shows some more zest and peppery. Good flavors. Aftertaste shows some more ripe grape and a bit too much bitterness. But still a good one. — 4 days ago

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Domaine de la Côte

Bloom's Field Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

This was the wine featured in Somm 3 that was lighter in weight, more elegant & transparent than most Pinots I have tried showing cherry, strawberry, mineral, spice & floral notes showing good balance with nothing out of place. — 5 days ago

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Spider Bill Wines

Adelaide Hills Barbera 2019

I haven’t yet had the pleasure of enjoying many examples of Barbera. This is a great wine without any comparisons.
Balanced, intriguing enough to warrant a second glass. Great small local producer also!
— 9 days ago

Ceccherini, Bob and 3 others liked this

Raptor Ridge

Crawford Beck Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Medium body. Dry, smooth, nice acidity. Strawberries, raspberries, and black cherries. — 8 days ago

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Arcadian

Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005

Out of a .375. Very concerned as the cork crumbled as if it were made out of sand. Filtered multiple times as I tried to remove cork bits. Very spicy and floral on the nose . In the mouth a medley of red fruit and herbs . Very lively acids and almost resolved tannins. Not sure time will do much for the palate but it might add additional complexity to the nose. — 14 hours ago

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Maan, haven’t seen that winery in maybe 15 years? Remember the chards being pretty solid.

Foxen

John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

2018 vintage. Great, full nose. Medium body. Not overtly fruity but just enough along with an elegant finish. Delish. — 2 days ago

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Antica Terra

Aurata Chardonnay 2011

Shay A
9.5

Color me shocked at how good this was. I’m a big fan of Antica Terra wines, and while I’m always impressed, my expectations for this 10yr old OR Chardonnay were vastly blown out of the water.

The main reason I opened this bottle is I thought the age would have been more evident, and it would be channeling a more rich, slightly oxidized type profile, and would go with an assortment of blue cheese I was sampling at a small local event. Upon opening, color is still gorgeously yellow gold. First impression was it came across thin yet still had really vibrant acidity…very steely and mineral driven. About an hour later, this absolutely exploded out of the glass as of it was a different wine. Pear, grilled lemon and lots of honeysuckle aromatics. It bulked up on the palate with supreme texture and balance showing a kiss of oak. Creamy yet weightless. Lemon confit, honeyed golden delicious apple, sea spray, and a rounded finish with plenty of baking spices yet the core of minerality was still there. This left me scratching my head in a good way…I seriously need to find another. This is the best OR Chardonnay I’ve ever had.
— 21 days ago

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@Eric Urbani : Check out OO Wines from Oregon. I’ve only had a few of their Chardonnay’s (haven’t had the pinots), but they are a new and impressive addition to the OR wine scene.
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@Shay A lol I was just going to ask you about 00. My fave. Just signed up for AT list.
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@Shay A And 00 pinots are great

Sine Qua Non

Esto No Es Una Salida Grenache 2009

It was a Sine Qua Non night (which are always my favorites!). This was surprisingly tight given its age. Came back to it a couple of days later and it was SO MUCH better. If you have this in your cellar and are planning to pull it soon, I’d suggest a 4-hour decant to let it open up. It’ll be fantastic! — 4 days ago

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What a pull

Ken Wright Cellars

Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

See past notes (3-4 months ago) with a + half point improvement as the tertiary notes of soil are starting to overtake the cranberry.

92 points
— 10 days ago

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Patricia Green Cellars

Balcombe Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2008

Beautiful showing of a mature, classically styled Pinot Noir. Pretty garnet color, slight bricking at the rim. Bottle funk at first, which blew off within 15 min. A somewhat reduced nose remained until day two. Apart from that, forest floor, a little leather and spice. Savory, cherry on the palate, bright acidity brings liveliness. The smooth tannins are less prominent, but still present. Cork was in perfect shape, only minor penetration. Considerable amount of fine sediment, definitely needs careful decanting. — 13 hours ago