Search

Willamette Valley

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Stoller's 2015 Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay is awash in Asian pear, lemon curd, granulated honey, and white flowers. The palate is delicate, with French oak so well integrated, it almost feels like a stainless ferment. Almost. Extended lees contact has graced this sustainably-grown Chardonnay with a silky, seamless texture that is as complex as it is lean and bright. Lots of mineral verve and palate tension that glides through to a mouthwatering finish of lemon zest and wet shell. 13.8% ABV | Sample Stoller Family Estate 9.2 Points...

Tendril Wine Cellars White Label Chardonnay 2014

Tendril Wine Cellars White Label Chardonnay 2014

From winemaker Tony Rynders, his 2014 White Label Chardonnay shows his skill in crafting wines with stunning precision and grace. Classic aromas of d'Anjou pear and yellow apple are rendered more complex by layers of lemon curd, pastry cream, allspice, white flowers, and toast. Aged fifteen months in 30% new French Oak, Rynders shows us Willamette Valley Chardonnay at its best, a portrait of elegance and golden luminosity—he's managed to strike a finely-tuned balance between generosity of fruit and restraint. 13.5% ABV | Sample Tendril Wine Cellars 9.2 Points...

Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

Established by Cal and Julia Lee Knudsen in 1971, Knudsen Vineyards had long been a primary supplier of fruit to Argyle. The family's second generation, Page, Colin, and David Knudsen were determined to make their own wines from the estate. The 2015s mark their fourth vintage, and the wines are still vinified at Argyle. The 2015 Pinot Noir is graced with attractive, delicate aromas of lilacs, crushed flowers and rose hips. The palate is light and nimble, with nuanced black fruit alongside raspberry and cola notes twining hibiscus tea on the finish. Knudsen Vineyards 9.2 Points  ...

Rain Dance Vineyards Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2016

Rain Dance Vineyards Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

From the Chehalem Mountains sub-appellation, Rain Dance's Nicholas Vineyard sits at an elevation of 544 feet and consists of silty clay loam Jory and Laurelwood type soils—the expression is more black fruit than red. A spicy mélange of black cherry and black raspberry hovering between vanilla and more compact forest floor notes. Smooth and silken on entry, this is a supple, genial Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from a warm vintage. 13.9% ABV | Sample Rain Dance Vineyards 8.9 Points...

Patricia Green Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Patricia Green Cellars Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016

These notes, posted in honor of Patricia Green—her untimely passing was announced on the winery's website today. I enjoyed this elegant 2016 Sauvignon Blanc only a few days ago. Glinting lemon yellow in the glass, with heady tropical notes of kiwi fruit and papaya rendered more complex by lilting herbaceousness. It's generous in the mouth, and full, a sensation offset by high-toned grapefruit-tinged acidity and a touch of spice. Further, it's gone through malo, which has graced it with subtle creaminess. Sample  Patricia Green Cellars 9.1 Points...

Aberrant Cellars Philtrum Pinot Noir Blanc 2015

Aberrant Cellars Philtrum Pinot Noir Blanc 2015

Pearlescent and ethereal, Aberrant Cellars 2015 Philtrum Pinot Noir Blanc is a delicate shade of honey alabaster and imbued with peach pit, golden raspberries, white flowers, and a breezy top note of line-dried linen. In the mouth it's fine boned and linear, there is much to be said about the texture—fruit at the core is decidedly white peach, but the acid is sprinkled in fleur de sel, a tantalizing hint of salinity that follows the entire sensory arc of this unusual Oregon white. 13.0% ABV | Sample  Aberrant Cellars 9.1 Points...

Brooks Rastaban Pinot Noir 2014

Brooks Rastaban Pinot Noir 2014

Showing beautifully, Brooks' 2014 Rastaban is named after one of the stars in the Draco constellation, derived from an Arabic phrase "Rās al-Thu`bān, or head of the serpent. 2014 is a riper, lusher vintage than the 2011, the last I sampled under this label—this striking estate-grown Pinot Noir presents a broad sensory arc of ripe raspberries, roasted strawberry and black cherries, sweet tobacco, and exotic spice. It's brooding, with a somewhat muscular frame. Earthy minerality and iron ore emerge on the finish. Sample Brooks 9.3 Points...

UnCruise Adventures

Experience Oregon & Washington Wine Country Aboard a Replica Coastal Steamer

Join Me for a 7-Night Wine-Themed Cruise on the Columbia, Snake & Willamette Rivers Evidence of the ice age floods is easy to spot — 15,000 years later, the results are as profound as they are delicious. Lifting a glass of glinting ruby-hued wine, it’s impossible not to appreciate the lasting effects ancient geology had on this remarkable region. Complex soils, ample sun,  just-so winds, and the unwavering dedication of Oregon and Washington winemakers—this combination of factors have yielded spectacular results. I’m pleased to announce that once again, I’ll be partnering with UnCruise Adventures as the wine expert on two ‘Rivers of Wine’ cruises. Together we’ll explore five AVA’s traversing dramatic topography as we make our way east along the Columbia—from alpine forest to semi-arid desert—we’ll visit multiple wineries followed by nightly onboard tastings and presentations. I’ll co-host the wine presentations along with the ship’s talented resident sommelier. [caption id="attachment_11536" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Rivers of Wine Map[/caption] Itinerary Day 1 Portland, Oregon–Embarkation A crew member shows you to your cabin. After a short time getting situated, gain your bearings with a spin around the ship before heading to the lounge where sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres await as you set sail from the City of Roses along the mighty Columbia River. DAY 2—Hood...

Domaine Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir 2015

Domaine Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir 2015

Comprised of grapes sourced from seven vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley, 35% of which is from the winery's own Bishop Creek Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA—the 2015 Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir strikes a balance between power and elegance. More red fruited than black, the nose is perfumed with rose hips, underbrush, damp soil, and crushed stone. Texturally, I love what the acid does in this wine, as it builds and crescendos, fanning out towards a finish of nuanced white pepper and mineral splendor. 13.0% | Sample Domaine Nicolas-Jay 9.3 Points...

Bluebird Hill Cellars Duology 2016

Bluebird Hill Cellars Duology 2016

BlueBird Hill Cellars is a tiny winery located in Monroe, Oregon—one can find it navigating a series of winding, scenic backroads between Salem and Eugene, that wend their way to the foothills of the Coastal mountain range, their 2016 Duology is a blend of 55% Viognier and 45% Chardonnay that emits pear, white peach, white flowers, and coconut flake on the nose. The attack feels quite dry, but there is a subtle nuanced sweetness at the core, like tender peaches at the height of ripeness nicely balanced by a mouthwatering burst of acidity that lends to a lengthy, meandering finish. Sample Bluebird Hill Cellars 8.9 Points ...