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Lingua Franca Mimi's Mind Pinot Noir 2015

Lingua Franca Mimi’s Mind Pinot Noir 2015

Mimi’s Mind, so named to honor the work of Mimi Casteel, and her east-facing vineyard site of Woodburn, Nekia, and Jory type soils planted in the 1970s. I am told that the vines are own-rooted and phylloxera-free, making them a rarity in the Eola-Amity Hills. The 2015, dressed in a translucent ruby robe, is poised yet edgy—this wine struck me as the one in Lingua Frana's lineup with the most structure. Ultra-fine sueded tannins form the articulated spine of this wine's sous bois, dried orange peel, cola, and black-fruited core. Sample Lingua Franca 93 Points...

Beaux Frères Gran Moraine Pinot Noir 2015

Beaux Frères Gran Moraine Pinot Noir 2015

From a small, narrow vineyard aptly named The Tongue, Beaux Frères 2015 Gran Moriane Pinot Noir is made from Dijon clones planted in transitional volcanic marine uplift. Coastal influence has graced it with lavish aromas of ripe blue fruit, black raspberries, underbrush, lilacs, and a dusting of cocoa powder. The profile is more masculine in expression—the interplay of acid and fine tannins lend focus, a center of gravity, even as buoyant shards of flecked and ancient siltstone dance and shimmer on the palate. The finish, one of smoky minerality, cacao nibs, and warm spice. Sample Beau Frères 94 Points...

Tendril Wine Cellars Extrovert Pinot Noir 2014

Tendril Wine Cellars Extrovert Pinot Noir 2014

Winemaker Tony Rynders 2014 'Extrovert' is so named because it is the most fruit forward label in Tendril's portfolio. On the nose, the subtle interplay of blackberry, black cherry, cola, underbrush and decaying rose petal sets the stage for this focused Pinot Noir. In it, one can find concentration and balance, fine tannins, and admirable length. Tendril Wine Cellars 91 Points...

Murrieta's Well Dry Rosé 2016

Murrieta’s Well Dry Rosé 2016

Rosé for Valentines Day? Yes, why not. The 2016 Murrieta's Well Dry Rosé is an excellent candidate. Composed of 55% estate-grown Grenache and 45% Counoise, it's a pretty shade of orangey-pink salmon and delivers lifted aromas of bruised peach, Queen Anne’s cherries, melon, baking spice.Medium-bodied and crisp, the palate is awash in red berries and melon flavors, culminating in a rose hip and peach pit finish. 13.5% ABV | Sample Murrieta’s Well 88 Points ...

Bluebird Hill Cellars Trilogy 2016

Bluebird Hill Cellars Trilogy 2016

Densely packed aromas canned pear, honeydew melon, thai coconut custard are the welcome tones that lead into a palate that is surprisingly more taught than the nose belies. Bluebird Hill Cellars' 2016 Trilogy is an undisclosed blend of three white varieties sourced from the Willamette Valley, displaying predominant orchard fruit flavors embroidered against a backdrop of subtle toast. A moderate finish of lemon pith and pear skin. 13.5% ABV | Sample Bluebird Hill Cellars 88 Points...

Aubert Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2007

Aubert Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2007

Now a decade on, the 2007 Aubert Sonoma Coast Chardonnay slowly unfurls to reveal lemon curd, poached pear, and baked apple notes, couched in mellow and toasty tones of salted butter, brioche, caramel, and vanilla. Nice delineation on the palate, where voluptuous spiced orchard fruit is neatly intersected by a firm acidic spine and beautifully integrated toast. The persistence on the finish is impressive, it goes on for over a minute, an alluvial fan of lemon zest and oyster shell. Aubert Wines 94 Points...

Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay 2015

Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay 2015

Crafted with native yeast, 20% of which goes through malolactic fermentation, the 2015 Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay is uniform and varietally correct on the nose and palate with attractive aromas of bosc pear, yellow apple, and banana cream pudding. Crisp and bright on the palate, the acidity is slightly softened by six months of aging on fine lees. While not an overly-complex wine, it's not weighted down and is a nice value for those looking for a compromise between oak and stainless. 13.0% ABV | Sample Charles Smith Wines 87 Points...

Robert Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2015

Robert Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2015

A suffusion of smokey minerals, creme brûlée, toasted coconut flake, mandarin and grilled pineapple. Robert Talbott's 2015 Kali Hart Chardonnay is made from the winery's Sleepy Hollow estate vineyard, a hillside parcel that is relatively close to the Pacific Ocean—where cool maritime breezes lend a moderating effect. The effect of this microclimate on the palate is a spike of citrusy acidity, piercing through a creamy tropical fruit core. 14.5% ABV | Sample Talbott Vineyards 89 Points...

Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2016

Bluebird Hill Cellars Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2016

A classic Chardonnay profile of orchard fruit, yellow apple, and bosc pear with gently warming tones of vanilla paste and baking spice. Bluebird Hill Cellars 2016 Willamette Valley Chardonnay shows a degree of freshness on the palate—50% of the fruit undergoes malolactic fermentation while the other half does not—and lees aging has added body and round, silky mouthfeel as well. A taught vein of acidity slowly dissolves to reveal the underpinnings of a mineral spine. Sample Bluebird Hill Cellars 90 Points  ...

Walnut Ridge Pinot Gris 2016

Bluebird Hill Cellars Walnut Ridge Pinot Gris 2016

From 15 year-old grown in Bellpine soil, the 2016 Bluebird Hill Cellars Walnut Ridge Pinot Gris is a pale sunbeam in the glass with soft aromas of apple yellow, cantaloupe, and dried mint. In the mouth, the perception of softness continues with generous layers of fruit that relaxes a pleasant burst of acidity tinged with lemon drop. Aging in neutral oak on fine lees has had the finish is long and mouthwatering. sample * Bellpine series are found throughout Southern Willamette Valley and are composed of silty clay loam over sandstone. Bluebird Hill Cellars 89 Points  ...