Friday night enjoying a very nice Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with a good friend of many years. The 2011 Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir.
On the nose there is beautifully delicious red fruit, ripe strawberry, red raspberry, ripe tomato, clove, cola, vanilla, rose petal and some dry earthy soil.
On the palate is red raspberry, strawberry, cherry, cranberry, cola, vanilla and a forest floor component.
The wine is medium bodied with medium + acidity, medium smooth tannin that leads to a long fruit filled finish. A very nice expression of a clean Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Have a great weekend and please be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — a day ago
Artwork shows a public barrel tasting. Ruby with tangy fruit & floral spice aromas. Dark fruit and cranberry flavors on the palate with spices, tobacco and earthy notes. Lingering finish tight tannins that need some time, ending with rustic earthy tones. Nice! — 7 days ago
Limpid yellow-gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of peach, Anjou pear, melon and Meyer lemon, along with a bright floral overtone. Juicy and densely packed, displaying a deft interplay of richness and vivacity to the citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Picks up smoky lees, honey and iodine nuances with air and shows excellent clarity and back-end lift. The strikingly long, penetrating finish echoes the mineral and citrus fruit notes and betrays no rough edges. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 8 days ago
Second tasting, one year on from first. Purple red in color. Cola and menthol notes in nose. Cola, blackberry and blueberry with length, ink and cedar notes in mouth. Tongue drying astringency in center of tongue, bitter seed tannins and black tea on finish. Needs time to open — 4 days ago
Abbott Claim is a single vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District. Ruby with floral & spicy aromas. Dark fruit and plum flavors on the palate with spices and mineral notes. Medium finish soft tannins ending with berry fruit and earthy tones. Much better than the ‘12 vintage I tasted. — 9 days ago
Andrew Rich’s Sauvignon Blanc Croft Vineyard has long been among Oregon’s best Sauvignons. Concentrated, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit and floral qualities hearken to the Loire Valley, while the wine’s and depth and balance make it extremely flexible at the table or on its own. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018) $23.00 — 12 days ago
Kitchen sink blend Alsatian kitchen sink blend from Oregon. 42% Pinot Blanc, 16% Resiling, 14% Muller Thurgau, 11% Muscat. I LOVED THIS. For starters, I love this producer. She nails emulating a classic region with Oregon grapes. What’s most impressive to me in expressive white wines, is the ability to present sweet flavors while remaining bone dry. Super balance. — 16 days ago
A cross between a Le Corton in a warm year and one of the low-throttled Belle Glos Pinots. So finely made, barely restrained power on the nose (dark, stemmy red cherries and rosy florals) and on the palate (deep black berries and strawberry, black tea). This got better and better, portends to a long life. Outstanding value and sophistication. — 7 days ago
Color of light burgundy. Nose of cocoa, milky chocolate, vanilla, and berry note. Taste follows similar not with addition of sweetness. Aftertaste is light with some zest, almost no tannins. Decent and stock wine if the price can be a bit more appealing. — 10 days ago