Blood red, more than ruby but not quite garnet. Slightly hazy rim. Clear, deep in color but not black - I can see text through the wine, but not clearly. Tears are pronounced and stained. Clean, developing, medium intensity aromas. Lots of stuff going on here - chocolate, vanilla, black cherry (dark chocolate, black cherry brownies), strawberry, chocolate covered cherries, plum, dried fruit, dried floral, black fruit preserves, jammy, fruit steeped in brandy, almost like a rich Port. Towards the top of the glass the aromas are much more perfumed and include violet, cinnamon stick, and that graham cracker crust on the Good Humor strawberry cheesecake ice cream bars! Dry with medium acidity (that doesn't linger), full bodied, medium plus alcohol (15.6 abv!), soft tannins. Full flavors with jammy fruit, cedar, leather, black cherry, tart on front end, dried cranberry, and strawberry. Extremely fruit forward, luscious, and smooth. For the full review and others visit oe•no•phile.
This wine, the only white produced, is very zippy and has lots of refreshing acidity in addition to loads of citrus and tropical fruit characteristics. Presumably much of the warmth this wine shows is from the warmer Rogue Valley appellation in southern Oregon. Definitely a good food wine
R. Stuart and Company generously contributed our first large-format bottle from Oregon, a 3.0L bottle of their "Autograph" Pinot Noir, retail value $140.00.
Chehalem, of Willamette Valley, Oregon, generously contributed a six-bottle case of their 2005 Ridgecrest Best Barrel Pinot Noir (Retail Value: $450). Each bottle is individually numbered, and they are already boxed and ready for the winner. These Best Barrel bottlings are never sold commercially, making this a very special and unique opportunity.