Volcanic Hills

Archery Summit

Red Hills Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2014

Beautiful example of Oregon Pinot. Brambly jam on the nose. Red and black raspberries, a touch of currant, some green herbs, then a dash of white pepper. Opened up really nicely. Not the best single vineyard offering from archery summit but great stuff! — 5 days ago

Heather Dillaway
with Heather
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Lutum

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

I just like this one. Sometimes wonderful is just simple. Grab what you can because they have apparently closed their doors. Wonderful PnP. Medium light red color. Floral bouquet on the nose. Cola and raspberries. Wonderful acidity brings everything into balance. Paired well with my grilled whole lemon chicken. — 18 days ago

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David T

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Roasted Chicken looks tasty.
Deborah M

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Thank you @David T it was a winner! Big Green Egg is my secret sauce 😉
David T

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The Green Egg is fantastic...definitely worth the spend.

Odem Mountain Winery

Volcanic Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Red currant, slight berry, excellent with pizza. — a day ago

Bethel Heights

Estate grown Riesling 2016

And another one bites the dust... Tasty though; see earlier tasting notes — 13 days ago

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Domaine de la Côte

Bloom's Field Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2013

David T
9.2

Thought it would be good timing to finally try Rajat’s 2013 Bloom’s Field.

The nose straight out of the decanter gave a strong presence of potpourri laced candle wax. That has subsided now. The fruits are ripe, ruby; blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, baked strawberries, some dry cranberries, raspberries with blackberries pulling up the rear. Nice evenly, soft, layered baking spices; clove, cinnamon, light nutmeg and gentle vanilla. Mixed dark berry cola, understated, black licorice, whiff of lightly grilled meats, black, fruit tea, limestone alluvial soils, dry crushed rocks, dark turned earth, dry herb blend, light, fresh tobacco notes, worn leather with a nice bouquet of; red, dark, purple and blue florals.

The body is, round, ruby and just full. Tannins still have adolescent teeth. The structure, tension could use some more time in bottle...length and balance have just hit their stride. Gorgeous mouthfeel. The fruits are ripe, ruby, a little gluey; blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, baked strawberries, some dry cranberries, raspberries with blackberries pulling up the rear. Nice evenly, soft, layered baking spices; clove, cinnamon, light nutmeg and gentle vanilla. Mixed dark berry cola, dark spices, understated, black licorice, lightly grilled meats, black, fruit tea, limestone alluvial soils, dry crushed rocks, dry pebbles, moist, dark turned earth, dry herb blend, light, fresh tobacco notes, worn leather with a nice bouquet of; red, dark, purple and blue florals with gentle lavender on the back end. The acidity is a gentle rain shower. The beautiful finish is straight up; elegant, well balanced, seamless and persists nicely for minutes.

Paired with Kentucky Bourbon Marinated Chicken Skewers and Wild Rice.

Photos of; Bloom’s Field Vineyard, The Sommeliers Altas of Taste that Rajat & Jordan Macrat wrote. Good read if you are so inclined & of course, Master Sommelier/Owner/Winemaker-Rajat Parr.

Additional notes; Rajat has always loved Pinot and its many expressions from all over the world. After becoming one of the better & more well known Master Somms, it was his dream to make world class Pinot Noir. He is succeeding as his last few vintages have gotten very high notoriety. It was his 2015 Bloom’s Field that Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson featured in Somm 3 in his recreation of the Judgment of Paris with some of the best palates in NYC and again separately with The Godfather of Master Somms-Fred Dame, Author-Jancis Robinson & Steven Spurrier.
— 20 days ago

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This wine is kick ass
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Fred Dame is a legendary man!

Methven Family Vineyards

Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Really solid pinot. This has aged beautifully into a seamless wine. Hints of dried plum, cassis (strange for a pinot), cranberry, along with spicy cedar accents. It glides across the palate with just enough acidity to leave you wanting more. Glad I let this one rest awhile. — 6 days ago

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Dusky Goose

Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

Earthy nose. Medium body, dry, mild acidity. Lots of black and blue fruit. Anything made by Lynn Penner-Ash is going to be terrific and this is no exception! — 2 days ago

Michael SeelyJoe Roth
with Michael and Joe
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Gentle Folk Wines

Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018

Labeled Village honoring the Burgundian classification
Pure expression, racy, but moderately soft too
Fresh, long, enjoyable
I didn't expect anything, but I found a lot
My kind of at the moment
.. I look forward to drinking the Cru too
— 3 days ago

Daniel, Severn and 8 others liked this

WALT Wines

Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

Dark-fruited and weighty for a PN. Lovely balance and elegant mouthfeel. — 8 days ago

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Ella Valley

Vineyard's Choice Red Blend 32/35 2012

Ella Valley Vineyards Vineyard's Choice 32/35 2012, Israel 95

Time for some
#Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a great Merlot blend from Israel.

Deep purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose of blackberries, sweet plums, dried figs, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet oak, spices, chocolates, black pepper, mocha, coffee, milk chocolates and tobacco.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, toasted cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, earth, mocha, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a wonderful Red Blend from Israel. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Rich and extracted, yet elegant. Resembles a good quality Napa Bordeaux blend.

This 8 year old is peaking now and will be good in the next few years. I had it before, as a 5 year old, and this time it's so much better.

This is a big red wine, with teeth staining color. Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the tannins.

Thank you Sean for sharing this wonderful wine with me. This is a delicious wine to have with friends.

Enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 17 months in oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$50.
— a month ago

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