Mean, lean, light bright green..lemon, lime, tart orange notes on the nose... no hint of reduction, no oak. The wine is acid/forward, with tart Granny Smith and hard, nearly ripe pear. Light in body...I think the wine will pick up weight as it warms. So very far from Cali butterball (read:sweet)...the wine demands food to fly! ATTN: if you’re not buying and appreciating cold climate Willamette Chards....you’re sleeping! WAKE UP, y’all! — 20 days ago
Absolutely stunning! Transcendent bottle that started wild and evolved over an hour. Opened up beautifully to a very Morey-St-Denis like cuvée. Crisp ruby color. Low viscosity and light bodied. Red cherries, raspberries, wild strawberries, wet forest floor and spicy aromas. My guess is there is some whole cluster fermentation here. Gorgeous nose. Tannic backbone. Medium high acidity. Fluttery mouthfeel. Complex wine that’s beautifully integrated. Extremely long acidic finish. Possibly one of the better and most interesting Oregon Pinots. Interesting to note this is a 15% Pinot Gris blend. Biodynamically farmed on a vineyard with a southern facing slope along side Hood river. No additives, nothing removed..naturally made. And of course Nate’s a legend!! Day 1. Will update for day 2..can’t wait to see this cuvée continue to evolve! It was hard to stop myself and it would be so easy to quaff the whole bottle in a few hours :) — 4 days ago
Pulled another domestic Chenin... glad I did. Lovely concentrated, complex Old Vine Chenin from WA Columbia Valley. Med weight, nice round full texture. Really nice fruit/acid balance...lime, lemon, blood orange hints with green grass and savory herbal notes. Great accompaniment to Halibut, Bass, and herbed, pickled beets with rice pilaf. Chenin Blanc is fast becoming one of my favorite food wines. So much more interesting than Sauvignon Blanc. — 5 days ago
Smell: ripe red fruit. Cherries. Vanilla. Earth and oak. Taste: very smooth, round on the palate, taste red fruit like raspberry and cherry. Decent body for a Pinot (still light). Nice complexity on the palate, long finish. Very dry. I really liked this wine. Will get again. — 8 days ago
More youthful than expected, the nose is a little reserved but show classic notes of dark cherry, moist gravel, baking spice, and crushed rock. Tight and still exhibiting some youthful tannin in the mouth, it shows fairly Burgundian flavor profile, with fruit and clean earth in equal measure. Finish shows a slight bitterness as it recedes, but it’s not so much that it detracts. This needs some time in the cellar still. Better in 2-4 years I bet. — 12 days ago
Pale lemon in color with a green hue.
On the nose citrus, vegetables, herbs, green apples, earth, minerals, and grapefruit juice.
Medium bodied with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing with long legs.
Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, lemons, bitter herbs, earth and vegetables.
Tangy finish with limes and almonds.
This young Pinot Gris from Oregon is easy drinking and tangy, with a soft mouthfeel. Surprisingly good out of a can.
Earthier on the nose than on the palate. As it opens up, grapefruit notes show up on the nose, and nicer with some airtime, so be patient.
I had an older vintage of this wine, and it definitely is better with some age. I wonder how it would age in a can, though. For now, it is lemony and refreshing. A nice sipper by the pool.
Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with fresh seafood like oysters.
Aged in neutral French Oak barrels and stainless steel for 11 months.
13.3% alcohol by volume.
$8. — 17 days ago
Nose is floral and hint of berries, maybe some melon. Palate is wonderful. Stone fruit (nectarines, peaches, pits of these fruits), rose water, a touch of Meyer lemon, some sea grass, and melon. Probably more to unpack but it’s so easy to drink and wonderful. This one lives up to the hype for me. — 2 days ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
This is a delicious Merlot from Columbia Valley. Big bold and beautiful.
Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Showing black plums, black currants, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, spices and coffee.
Dry on the palate and very fruity.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This 5 year old will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.
Extracted and bold. Fruit forward and opulent. Tasty and delicious.
Good by itself or with food. I had it with cheeses, olives and fresh fruit, but will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.
A blend of 75% Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 5 days ago