“Granits”, 100 cases made. Deeply extracted pigment, purple red. Graphite, blackberry, cherry, herbal, blueberry, funk and barrel wood notes in nose, all layered, a lot going on there. Flavor profile is similar, cherry-berry dominant with tart, slightly bitter finish. Some lactic acid present. Needs time to open. Paired this with lemongrass beef jerky from Richmond BC (Taiwanese style, but processed in Canada) and playoff baseball. Fruity style, but where are the tannins? Light fine grained skin tannins begin to emerge after 15 minutes, increases to moderate astringency after an hour. Stylistically more like Oregon Gamay noir than Washington State Cabernet Franc, but well made, quality wine and highly drinkable. Only after an hour do the black pepper and herbal flavors begin to emerge that are more consistent with varietal character. — 8 days ago
Peach saison cider, made with “northwest apples and juicy freestone peaches [and] French saison yeast”, 5.6% alc/vol. Not much of a head on pour, a moderate stream of pinpoint bubbles emerges from the cloudy orange-yellow cider. Apple aroma profile on nose with light yeast notes. Apple flavor profile with some peach flavor on finish. Good mix of malic acid from apples and peach fruit acids on finish. Finish is fizzy, creamy and pleasantly tactile, with slightly tart aftertaste of peaches and slightly bitter saison yeast, which I rather liked. Almost dry. Well made, wonderfully textured with layers of simple flavors; another pleasant winner from Two Towns. — 15 days ago
A small lot production, bought at winery. Yeasty nose. Lightly fizzy, dry, crisp, especially on the finish. Citrus and yeasty flavors, light skin astringency. The Melon variety “juice” here is just the high-acid canvas for the pet-nat magic to be displayed. Refreshing, well-conceived. — 5 days ago
Drew Voit is knocking it, I find that his wines need time in the bottle to really understand them. While in a great spot more time will only aid in its development. Has a ever so sweet side balanced by savory notes. This particularly vineyard displays definition and highlights the details. Great offering. — 3 months ago
Nose has ripe plum, raisins, slight peppery spice, cold cherry and distant oak notes.
Palate has tannic plum, cherry, ripe raspberry, dried green herbs (light) and trailing dried strawberry.
Decanted ~2 hours, tannins are light but linger. Medium finish. I believe the (field?) blend is 40% Tempranilo, 25% Syrah, 20% Blaufrankish, 10% Viogner and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. — 16 days ago
This is a new wine by the Nicolas-Jay duo. A selective pick of Own-Rooted vines from three vineyards-Hyland, Nysa, and Bishop Creek. They isolated the pick, vinification, and barrel time. Some of the vines go back to 1972. I thought three things after tasting this wine... ”That’s some pure textured fruit in the glass”, “Man...I wonder how many cases are they going to keep for the house library”, and “Yeah, these guys know what they are doing”. — 3 days ago
Wet earth and mushrooms, a hint of ripe black plums on the nose. Light and smooth body with zing of acid the end that turns into light but lingering tannins. Tart black cherries and a rich earthiness. Yum! From Oregon Class, definitely need to seek out Willamette Valley pinots! — 3 days ago