Had dinner last night at a local bistro with Jeff Vaughan and our decidedly better halves
, where we paired up the food with a "modified" Pobega from BD - 2014 Richard's Cuvee and Durant Chardonnays along side the two Pinots, a 2009 Lazarus and the 2008 Winter's Hill.
I thought all four wines showed well - side by side, the Richard's Cuvee had more pronounced matchstick notes on the nose, and is also a fuller-bodied Chard than the Durant. Ann also mentioned the oak here, although not enough that it bothered me. As I have observed in the past, I really like what Marcus is doing with Chardonnay in the recent vintages.
The two Pinots were very interesting - I'm guessing that 2009 was a ripe/hot vintage in Oregon, as the Lazarus came across as more "fleshy"/alcoholic. The 2008 Winter's Hill was restrained & elegant. I liked them both, and really enjoyed how different the two wines showed - one of the fun things about vintage variation in a place like Oregon, IMO. If I had to speculate, I would put my money on the Winter's Hill as the better wine 10 years from now, but last night I think I preferred the "in your face" showiness of the Lazarus.