Clear, medium intensity, ruby red, bright. Clean nose, medium intensity aromas of red fruit, cherry, cranberry, strawberry, fresh mushroom, leaves, evergreen forest, dried flowers, baking spice, and bacon fat. Dry on the palate, elegant, medium-light body, medium to medium-high acidity, medium-low tannin, medium flavor intensity: red fruit, cherry, cranberry, apple skin, tart fruit, raspberry, dried violet. Medium-short finish. Pair with pasta in a red pepper sauce or herb-crusted pork tenderloin with raspberry glaze.
Clear, bright lemon yellow color. Clean nose with medium-low intensity aromas of citrus, lime, steel, stone fruits, and slate. Dry, medium body, high acidity, medium alcohol, and flavors of green apple, lime, tart peach, and pineapple. Unbalanced acidity—even for an acid freak—and perhaps a little past its prime. Rough. Not recommended.
Clear, bright, soft golden color. Medium intensity aromatics of pear, apricot, crème brûlée, and stone. Dry on the palate, with medium acidity, medium alcohol, and flavors of pear, apple, citrus, lemon water. A little alcohol is noticeable as the wine warms up. Medium finish. Pair with a salad dressed in a fruit-based vinaigrette. Recommended.
This is an interesting wine, a blend of the Burgundian and the New World. The nose offers up cherries surrounded by wafting odors of mushrooms and scorched stone. The palate is a similar blend of red fruit, tart cherries and cranberry, with mushrooms not washed quite clean of black earth, river rocks charred with a torch until they crack, and a hint of smoked meat. Think Volnay in a forest fire. Drink with smoked duck.
It is almost Burgundian, rather like a light Pommard. Nose of earth, cedar, and lingonberry. Opens up on the palate with vibrant flavors of dark cherry. Finishes a tad short, but still a superior Pinot Noir—far, far better than a lot of the insipid wines touted as “good Pinot.” Great with lamb.
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.