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! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 6 days ago
I’m just going to straight out say it. There is a lot of jealousy around the valley over these wines. Yes, there is some bottle variation. Guess what, 1 man show, does everything on his own, bottles barrel by barrel, some cases are different from others. But this what we always talk about supporting, the little guy who is making it happen no matter what, doing it on his own terms and don’t give a F. When very important guests come into your restaurant and ask for a “mic drop” wine...this is my Go-To every time. Never had someone be disappointed. Say it over and Over 2005 Oregon is the vintage of a lifetime, the good wines are still getting better. — 5 days ago
I’m not sure Delectable knows which wine this is- 2010 MSR white label; a small low yield “crown of the hill” parcel of the estate. Been saving this guy and holy mother of god did it reward. I venture a guess that at 8 years old it could be in its “prime” window but it absolutely could go another decade. This wine made me a little sad that we might not get another cold vintage in Oregon. It was so stunning and so pure it took my breath away. Not an understatement in any way. — 6 days ago
Located in Salem, OR; Founded May 1988 by Mark Vlossak & 8 investors, producing only 396 cases in 1st year, gradually increasing capacity to 6800 cases in 2004. Big aromas of ripe berry fruit with layers of complex spices. Blackberry & Raspberry flavors with exotic spice and herbal tea notes, great mouthfeel. Round full tannins, good acidity balance, lingering intense ending. Very Nice! — 5 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 — 9 days 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! — 12 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. — 13 days ago
Sorry about the faux label - lost my pic somewhere.
The last wine from my Oregon tasting, and it was a special one.
Lovely nose of blackberries and minerals. Palette is saturated, concentrated and sails on. Very supple. $100 wine - I’m not sure about that... — 4 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. — 12 days ago