The Soléna 2009 Pinot Gris is interesting, and stands out for its complexity amongst the many fine Pinot Gris releases in Willamette Valley. Fruit is sourced from 3 different vineyards: Grapes of higher acidity from cooler climate are blended with riper fruit from warm climates, to provide the complexity and differentiation. Pale straw color; Nose of green apple, pear, hint of minerality, more floral as it opened up. Lush texture, with the green apple carrying through, and citrus. The wine has a wonderful mid palate density for a stainless, non malolactic white wine, with fruit and acidity that is present at front, mid, and finish. It drinks wonderfully on its own, and would pair well with lighter fare, and most seafood. The full review can be read on Simple Hedonisms.
2008 Anne Amie Pinot Blanc – Willamette Valley The color is a pale yellow straw, clear and brilliant. Aromas of Asian pear, nectarine, and light citrus on the nose. In the mouth, a pleasant mix of pear, pineap...
The color is a pale yellow straw, clear and brilliant. Aromas of Asian pear, nectarine, and light citrus on the nose. In the mouth, a pleasant mix of pear, pineapple, and citrus, none of which are overwhelming, but well balanced. Lees aging gives the wine a wonderful mouthfeel and a slight creamy texture that combines well with the natural acidity for a pleasant, lingering finish. This combination will pair well with many foods, although it’s very enjoyable on its own as well. A well made, versatile wine, at a reasonable price. Only 400 cases made. Highly recommended. Read the full review on Simple Hedonisms.
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.
The 2006 Lange Three Hills Cuvee (90 points by Wine Advocate) is a great example of what Oregon is doing with pinot noir. This blend from three Lange estate vineyards is powerful on the nose with an earthy, dark cherry, and smoky taste. This rich-colored red wine is a fine expression of the jory soil in the Dundee Hills. There are more expensive wines on the Lange list and throughout the Dundee Hills, but few are any better. Read more at Howard's blog, Grape Sense.
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.
Laurent Drouhin is a tall man with disarming charm. The great grandson of the original founder of Maison Joseph Drouhin, Laurent was in Indianapolis on March 25, 2010, to pour through a tasting of his company’s 2008 Burgundy, Chablis, and White Burgundy wines.