A beautiful and light vision of port, the 2007 Quinta Reserva is made entirely of pinot noir grapes fortified with brandy from the winery's own fruit, making it unlike other more traditional ports. This wine shows concentrated flavors of black cherries, ripe black plums, and sweet strawberries with well-integrated silky dark chocolate and a sensually exotic spice that lingers on the delightfully long finish. The 9.3% residual sugar and 18% alcohol by volume are well balanced by good acidity, giving the wine good structure and drinkability. Try a glass with cocoa nibs, hard cheeses, or all on its own with just a few friends and maybe a good cigar; it's a truly luxurious dessert destined to make a memorable end to any evening. Read more about Willamette Valley Vineyards at Sip With Me.
This elegant yet complex, medium-bodied Pinot noir (from the lesser-known east side of the Willamette River) opens up immediately with ripe red cherries and raspberries. Keep swirling and discover layers of tobacco, rose petals and mint will come through. Slightly savory notes balance out the sweet, red fruit and the peppery finish adds an element of interest that persists long and pleasurably in the mouth. This is a classic Oregon Pinot Noir; pair this wine with cedar-plank salmon or try it with coffee-crusted pork tenderloin. Read more about Piluso Vineyards at Sip With Me.
Keg wine. It might not sound very romantic, and it's certainly not an entirely original idea, but Oregon's Wooldridge Creek Vineyard and Johann Vineyards are taking a risk in a tough economy by selling wine kegs to restaurants for their by-the-glass pours. I think it's nothing short of genius.
The 2007 Bishop Creek Barrel Selection Pinot Noir spoke volumes. The wine was delicate, a bit thin and a light ruby color, yet incredibly complex and well integrated. The taste was undeniably gorgeous, opening up to reveal layers of tart cranberry, luscious pomegranate, fragrant rose petals, and a hint of forest floor in fall. At $22, this wine’s a very reasonable indulgence—especially for Oregon Pinot noir—and one you’ll want to have speak to you again and again. Read more at Tamara's blog, Sip with Me.
With a rich and creamy mouth feel, the wine made its entrance with the typical apple and pear you’d expect at the surface. Underneath however, I detected entrancing layers of melon and tropical star fruit notes while the mouth offered additional exotic flavors of grapefruit, mango and a spicy, zingy ginger finish; a delicious, intriguing, and complex white wine with nice acidity and a moderate price point making it the perfect complement to lighter summer fare. Read more at Tamara's blog, Sip with Me.
The 2009 JK Carriere Glass White Pinot Noir holds all the promise of summer in one glass. The wine is produced using the same techniques as turn-of-the-century French rosé Champagne, and though it doesn’t actually have any bubbles, it does have lots zest and perhaps even a slight spritz which lifted the flavors to new heights. The magnificent peach color is complemented by aromas of mouthwatering watermelon Jolly Ranchers, bubble gum, white flowers and citrus. On the palate, there were strawberries, Key Lime pie, bright grapefruit and a delightful and lingering kiwi finish. Food-friendly acids and a great price make this a perfect summer sipper.