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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...

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...

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  ...

Troon Riesling Whole Grape Ferment 2016

Troon Riesling Whole Grape Ferment 2016

Southern Oregon wines never fail to surprise me, such is the case with Troon's 2016 Whole Grape Ferment Riesling from Applegate Valley. Burnished gold in the glass, with oxidized notes—baked apple, lemon oil, grilled pineapple, almond skin, and yellow flowers. On the palate, texturally speaking skin contact is quite evident, as is the case in most orange wines. The medium-length finish is slightly herbaceous too. Crushed herbs and lemon pith. 12.0% ABV | Sample Troon Vineyard 9.1 Points ...

Ledger David Rouge Valley Southern Oregon Tempranillo 2015

Ledger David Rouge Valley Southern Oregon Tempranillo 2015

Ledger David's 2015 Red Valley Tempranillo displays some hard angles on opening, especially in terms of acid balance. It's much better on the second day, yielding soft aromas of plums, bing cherries, cedar, and violets. Medium bodied, and tightly-wound, with powdery tannins and a spicy hit of black pepper that charges in the back palate and gradually fade to Dutch cocoa powder process. Needs decanting. 14.7% ABV | sample Ledger David Cellars 8.8 Points ...

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...