Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

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#1 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 3rd, 2019, 10:46 am

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  • I will pay $5 per posted TN
  • $10 per TN if you post a photo of your pet.

About Dakin Humane Society
Dakin Humane Society is a community supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in the Pioneer Valley and a national leader in animal welfare.

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Dakin Humane Society delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them.

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We believe people are good and will make good decisions for animals when they are treated with kindness and understanding, and when they have enough information and resources.

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At Dakin, we have a set of core values that everyone involved with the organization shares and works every day to uphold. They are:

Integrity We hold ourselves to the highest standards of transparency, honesty, and respect in our words and actions.
Compassion We serve all people and animals with open, compassionate hearts and minds.
Optimism We meet challenges with a spirit of enthusiasm and optimism.
Innovation We seek out new ways of doing things and embrace change.
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#2 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 3rd, 2019, 11:13 am

Drink up for Dakin! It's where we got these two wonderful boys in 2010.
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#3 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 3rd, 2019, 4:29 pm

2017 Division Winemaking Company Beton - USA, Oregon (12/3/2019)
My personal favorite of the lower priced Division wines, this always reminds me of a refreshing Loire red blend (e.g. the late, lamented Clos Roche Blanche). This bottle is no exception, with crisp red berry, green tobacco and bright acidity. Lovely as always.

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#4 Post by Frank Murray III » December 3rd, 2019, 5:42 pm

David, I don't own much in Oregon wines but I do have this Girardet Seyval Blanc that you gave me an excuse to open. I also owe Marc Girardet an email, as I told him I would give him some honest feedback when I opened it. I'm gonna paste the link to this thread and send to him. Of note, when I visited Girardet with my Dad this past June, I also took a liking to the Baco Noir that they make. It would seem to me that Girardet is kicking out some cool stuff and I may decide to put some more of their craft in my cellar, thanks to you motivating me.

As for the dog, he is a year old now. We brought him home on 12/29 last year and it's been a year of learning but he is smart as hell and he is definitely teaching me some things about how to train him, as well as manage my own frustrations!
  • 2011 Girardet Seyval Blanc Estate - USA, Oregon, Southern Oregon, Umpqua Valley (12/3/2019)
    This bottle was a gift from Marc Girardet from my visit in June 2019. My Dad and I had made a trip out to the winery to visit, as I was looking to see if they had any more of the 2015 for sale. That vintage for this wine was/is outstanding and while I wasn't able to buy anymore of the 2015, Marc went into the back of the winery and returned with the 2011 in hand as a gift. It was the very first vintage of Seyval Blanc from the Estate that he had made, and I was fortunate for his kindness. I've held onto this bottle of the 2011 and found reason tonight to open it in support of David Bueker's challenge on Wine Berserkers to talk about Oregon wines. So, what's here in the 2011? This is beautiful. Aromatically floral, it's a real gem to smell in the glass. The palate offers a mix of green banana, grapefruit, lemon curd, and the same slate/flint feel of the 2015's texture. The acidity here in the 2011 resembles the energy of the 2015, with the lemony quality really lifting the wine, alongside a bit of honeysuckle. What a treat to drink this, and knowing how it's showing tonight, I wonder if I can track down some more and pour it blind for our wine group. Frigging awesome.
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#5 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 3rd, 2019, 5:57 pm

That’s one pretty pooch. Thanks for participating Frank!
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#6 Post by joeduncan » December 3rd, 2019, 9:34 pm

Continuing the Goodfellow theme from last week's Pinot Noir thread. Went with the sister wine tonight.

2017 Goodfellow Whistling Ridge pinot noir

Delicate and subtle, but mid weight still. The wine feels like it's floating in my mouth, not an ounce of heaviness. There's still plenty of flavor though - I'm a little lost for words, but cherry seems to be the predominant fruit, along with some slight medicinal notes. Medium acid and low to medium tannin, certainly less than the Durant.

Interestingly this year I've preferred Durant Chard and Whistling Ridge Pinot, at least when drank young.

"Pet" belongs to my 9mo old now, but we got him from the California wolf center when we visited a few years ago.
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#7 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » December 3rd, 2019, 9:40 pm

I’m in!

TN: 2016 Loop de Loop, Four Winds Vineyard Pinot Noir-clear garnet color. Youthful aromatics, pie cherries, cherry stones, a hint of lilacs and sea water. From the new school of Willamette Valley producers, this is light to medium bodied, more linear than plush. An array of red fruits, more cherry and raspberry, with a hint of brushiness. Lovely balance, with bright but not overbearing acidity. Feels like a wine to open around 2024.

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#8 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » December 3rd, 2019, 9:42 pm

joeduncan wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 9:34 pm
Continuing the Goodfellow theme from last week's Pinot Noir thread. Went with the sister wine tonight.

2017 Goodfellow Whistling Ridge pinot noir

Delicate and subtle, but mid weight still. The wine feels like it's floating in my mouth, not an ounce of heaviness. There's still plenty of flavor though - I'm a little lost for words, but cherry seems to be the predominant fruit, along with some slight medicinal notes. Medium acid and low to medium tannin, certainly less than the Durant.

Interestingly this year I've preferred Durant Chard and Whistling Ridge Pinot, at least when drank young.

"Pet" belongs to my 9mo old now, but we got him from the California wolf center when we visited a few years ago.

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#9 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 4th, 2019, 3:34 am

Guys,

First, thank you so much for participating.

Regarding photos, if you do any tiny edit of the photo on your device they will then post properly. Not sure what that’s true, but it is.
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#10 Post by joeduncan » December 4th, 2019, 9:33 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Guys,

First, thank you so much for participating.

Regarding photos, if you do any tiny edit of the photo on your device they will then post properly. Not sure what that’s true, but it is.
You're right re: the photos and it's very strange. I edited them as an experiment on my PC, saving multiple rotations and they all showed up sideways here. A tiny edit on my phone and re-upload and everything was correct.

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#11 Post by Fred Bower » December 4th, 2019, 9:46 am

I typically crop my pics a bit to get them to orient in the posting here. It's a simple edit.
I'll pitch some dogs on the pile later tonight.

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#12 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 4th, 2019, 4:31 pm

2015 Matello Whistling Ridge Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (12/4/2019)
First try of a Matello wine, and this is quite good. Drinks dry, but also quite fruity (mimicking sweetness that is not actually there), it has a complex aromatic that combines crisp tree fruit, a touch of spice and some exotic tropicals. The palate is quite dry, even with a pleasing touch of phenolic bitterness. It feels more German than Alsatian in style, likely because it has brighter acidity, as well as lighter body than most modern Alsatian wines.

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#13 Post by marc d » December 4th, 2019, 4:48 pm

2013 Kelley Fox Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir
I know a lot of the folks here are fans of Kelley Fox wines and for good reason. This wine however was very grumpy about being opened. The fruit is mute and there are a lot of flavors from whole cluster stem inclusion. So it’s mostly funky stem notes and structure right now. The next day some wild alpine strawberry flavors show up, and the wine is much better tasting. So let this one rest in the cellar for a few years.
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#14 Post by Charlie Carnes » December 4th, 2019, 5:17 pm

Alright David, you're in for it. I have 5 dogs, 1 big coon cat, 2 rabbits and 2 turtles, and a lot of Oregon wine. Julie literally today said, don't forget to give to the humane society. That was one of her grandmother's, and now her favorites.

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#15 Post by Brian Tuite » December 4th, 2019, 8:53 pm

  • 2016 BKB Pinot Noir Makena - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills (12/4/2019)
    Dark garnet to the rim, candied black cherry nose, juicy core of black cherry made in a carbonic style, lip smacking acidity, stemmy, soy sauce, juicy, lively, gulpable. If Hardy Wallace made a Pinot Noir it would taste like this. Pour me another glass!
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This is Taz. Taz is a 60lb lap dog who we rescued from Alabama when he was just 8 weeks old. Loving the pampered life in Sunny California. Love how you’re supporting our 4-legged friends David.
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#16 Post by Doug Ackerman » December 4th, 2019, 9:18 pm

2010 Thomas PN: Ethereal raspberry, strawberry but anchored with a grounded black cherry and forest floor. Lifted not only aromatically but also in the palate, with 2010 acidity and graceful tannins just starting to mellow out. This is more Morey than Gevrey (sorry about the inevitable Burgundy comparison), but pure Dundee Hills. Notes of blueberry intermingled with savory notes, this is a classic. I know, and have endured, bottle variation from many producers, but this was just great. Long, fine and satisfying wine that refreshes with each sip.
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#17 Post by Chris Seiber » December 4th, 2019, 10:23 pm

I ordered a case of assorted Vincent wines, and I cracked my first bottle tonight, the 2017 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard.

This wine is way too young, with some barrel sample raw grapey character to it still. It has an almost glowing brightness to the transparent light red color. The nose reveals no fruit until several hours after the bottle opens, and even then, it's still mostly chalky mineral and some kind of forest or herb, but it's hard to pin down.

After a few hours, some crisp red almost-ripe cherry and cranberry flavor mixes into the savory character of the wine. The acid is high, there is really no oak or alcohol (13.2%) in evidence.

I think this is going to be good wine, and it's a very honest effort at transparency of grape and terroir, probably at the expense of being something with broader appeal to non-geek customers. But I wouldn't open another of these for at least a few years.

Fozzy found the bottle interesting, at least.

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#18 Post by Chris Seiber » December 4th, 2019, 10:25 pm

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#19 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 5th, 2019, 3:11 am

Love seeing the pics of the pets!
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#20 Post by Fred Bower » December 5th, 2019, 5:58 am

For my first entry, I pulled one I've been letting sit to see what would happen.

John Paul is a hoot of a character and I have always enjoyed his wines on release. Clos Electrique was pretty tricky to find in the market back in the '90s. I expect it is still a bit of a hunt, but haven't shopped it in awhile. The bad news for me is that the brett in these wines steamrolls the fruit profile after some time in the bottle. Consequently, I decided to let my '96s sit. The vintage had high acids to age on and pretty red fruit which I love a bunch. It was my kind of vintage.

1996 Cameron Pinot Noir "Clos Electrique"
Decanted cleanly off of a significant crust of sediment. Medium-dark brick/garnet red color with medium transparency. There's some bricking out at the edge. Aromas of smoke and leather signal the funk is there and it still remains on the palate too. There is some pinot and earth lurking under the brimstone and horse sweat and the balance of this wine is better now than it was 5 or more years ago when I last sampled. The brett always wins and I'm left wondering what could have been. Fine enough with some summer truffle stuffed Camembert. Have leftovers for tonight and will report back if anything notable comes from the day in the decanter.

The dogs were both rescued out of the flooding from recent Hurricanes that hit the Carolinas particularly hard. The gray one we think is a Lab-Weimaraner mix named Salvador Dagi (inspired by our visit to the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL the week prior to adoption). We got him in January 2018 and he was rescued as part of the long-term aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The black one we think is a Lab-Malinois mix named Gala and was an add in November 2018. She was rescued out of Hurricane Florence. They are, by far, the most challenging pair of dogs we've ever had to manage (and we've had dogs for decades). Someday the energy will mellow out. Until then, we play referee a lot.
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#21 Post by Jared Wagner » December 5th, 2019, 9:51 am

Great notes and pets so far, people! I unfortunately do not have any pets due to animal allergies but love seeing the pics and love animals. Penguins, turtles, and buffalo are in my top three.

2018 Kelley Fox Freedom Hill Pinot Blanc -- Just an absolute pleasure to drink. Gorgeous yellow color immediately puts you in the mood to drink this wine. Nice combination of pear, apple, and citrus on the nose. Palate is also loaded with some ripe pear and quince accented by just enough zip to keep you going back to the glass. Not quite as much energy as the 2017, but an absolute delightful Wednesday night wine! 92pts

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#22 Post by Fred Bower » December 5th, 2019, 5:58 pm

Postscript on the 96 Clos Electrique. The color lightened up and the fruit did seem to come more to the surface. Maybe it was the smoky salsa I had eaten, but I felt like I got more pinot and less funk on day two. Will dig something else out for Friday and post another note. Might get another picture of the same dogs. We managed to keep them another day.

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#23 Post by Ken Strauss » December 6th, 2019, 6:50 pm

Oregon Pinot Patricia Green Berserker Cuvee 2014.

Drinking terrific tonight. Silky smooth and luscious!

Chloe Rajah our yorkie approves!
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#24 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 6th, 2019, 6:53 pm

Yorkies do like wine. ;)
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#25 Post by Jonathan Sirot » December 6th, 2019, 7:06 pm

Hi David
Not sure if I will be opening up an Oregon wine, but any charity helping animals has my support. Both my cats came from Mary's Kitty corner in Granby I donated $20 on Dakin's site in your honor. Wishing you a happy healthy New Year !

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#26 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 6th, 2019, 7:09 pm

Thanks Jonathan.
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#27 Post by Ken Strauss » December 6th, 2019, 7:26 pm

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Yorkies do like wine. ;)
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#28 Post by brigcampbell » December 6th, 2019, 8:22 pm

Let's get this out of way. This is my goddaughter's dog, her name is Beauty. I call her Fluffy. The dog now thinks her name is Fluffy. This is a picture of her after we blocked off the stairs when we went to dinner. She knocked it down. We came home to this... F you! Love this dog. Now 16 years old and full of life and love.

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#29 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 7th, 2019, 5:41 am

Little dogs are fierce!
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#30 Post by marc d » December 7th, 2019, 7:27 am

2018 Vincent Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley
This has always been my favorite wine from Vincent, although with time the Pinot Noirs may take over that spot. The 2018 Pinot Blanc is a beauty! It pours a slightly hazy light yellow color.
First aromas are leesy and maybe even saline. With a bit of air there are ripe pear and some green apple both aroma and flavors. There’s a fleshy richness to this year’s version, but with nice acidity that it doesn’t ever feel tired. No detectable oak flavors. A very nice balance between ripe fruit, acidity, and the body/richness that I’m guessing comes from extended lees contact. Drinking beautifully now, no need to wait.
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#31 Post by Chris Seiber » December 7th, 2019, 8:30 am

Chris Seiber wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 10:23 pm
I ordered a case of assorted Vincent wines, and I cracked my first bottle tonight, the 2017 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard.

This wine is way too young, with some barrel sample raw grapey character to it still. It has an almost glowing brightness to the transparent light red color. The nose reveals no fruit until several hours after the bottle opens, and even then, it's still mostly chalky mineral and some kind of forest or herb, but it's hard to pin down.

After a few hours, some crisp red almost-ripe cherry and cranberry flavor mixes into the savory character of the wine. The acid is high, there is really no oak or alcohol (13.2%) in evidence.

I think this is going to be good wine, and it's a very honest effort at transparency of grape and terroir, probably at the expense of being something with broader appeal to non-geek customers. But I wouldn't open another of these for at least a few years.

Fozzy found the bottle interesting, at least.
By the way, the second half of this bottle the next day had opened up considerably. Still primarily a savory style, but much more expressive, and the tart red fruits were much more in balance.

I think this will be quite good with a few years’ patience.

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#32 Post by Gary Schulte » December 7th, 2019, 8:48 am

Thanks for doing this charity drive David. I don't have much Oregon in my collection but here's a very enjoyable QPR Siduri pinot noir.

2017 Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - Screw cap closure so unscrew and pour right away in restaurant for first night and then a second night at home. The nose in the glass was faint violets and red fruit. Color was a clean clear medium garnet intensity with no bricking. Once in the mouth this flawless clean wine was nicely dry with nicely sweet cherries and raspberries. Good acidity gave it a nice balance and a medium duration mouthfeel. Simple wine but very enjoyable. On the second night there was more aromatic intensity. The mouthfeel was the same but the raspberries receded with the cherries remaining intact with a new spiciness that entered into the mix. Very nice wine on the second night.
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#33 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 7th, 2019, 8:52 am

Wow! I am impressed. We’ll count it!
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#34 Post by brigcampbell » December 7th, 2019, 8:55 am

This was a berserker day special just saying
  • 2016 Paetra Riesling "K" - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (12/7/2019)
    I had planned on opening this tonight and thought there was one in the refrigerator. Oops now it's time to go find one in the cellar aka hall closet. I tasted this at room temperature and it was really quite good. It definitely gives off a oily aroma. The palate shows more gasoline notes. Fruit flavors are pear and yellow apple. I'm always surprised by the fact this wine has a low alcohol level yet fairly well bodied with high acid. How does that work?
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#35 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 7th, 2019, 1:34 pm

2015 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (12/7/2019)
Deep red fruit and a bit of earth kick this one off. The palate is very well balanced, as the fruit is not “sweet” at all. It just has a richness, and is supported by ample acidity and good finishing tannins. This feels like a long ager, that is in the mold I look for in Pinot Noir.
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#36 Post by Jim Stewart » December 7th, 2019, 2:21 pm

Soléna 2016 Domaine Danielle Laurent Chardonnay
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Ripe, in a positive sense, is the first word that comes to mind. Vanilla and oak lightly coat a full ripe fruit taste. A slight lemony and nutty suggestion of sweetness coats the mouth and hangs in the aftertaste. Evokes the California ripe, and oaky (and sometimes too much of both) chardonnay style, but THIS IS DONE RIGHT, at least to my tastes. Different than my usually preferred unoaked or lightly-oaked, minerally chardonnay. This is very good. Both eye-opening and mind-opening to the possibilities of this style chardonnay which I had mentally written off long ago. Delicious. The words serious and elegant might also apply. Recommended.

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#37 Post by Lee Short » December 7th, 2019, 2:24 pm

1999 St Innocent Pinot Noir "Brickhouse Vineyard"

The top of the cork on this was a bit soft, so I grabbed my Durand for opening. Cork proved sound, but history has taught me to reach for the Durand if there's any question at all, and I never regret it.

From the first pour, there was no question but that this was a fantastic bottle. The nose just soared out of the glass, classic sous bois and dried sour cherry. Great length on the palate, and ample acidity to give the flavors good definition. I've had better bottles of Oregon pinot, but not many. This is just perfectly a point, and a great match with a lunch of green salad, seared duck breast, and penne sauced with leeks and chanterelle duxelles. There aren't many times when I've picked the absolutely perfect time to try a bottle -- I bought 2 of these on release, and still have the second. I'll plan on drinking it in the next 2-4 years.

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#38 Post by Lee Short » December 7th, 2019, 2:42 pm

And here’s Caraway, aka “Our Little Hurricane”, in action —- trying to retrieve aforementioned Durand from its resting place. She's part Bengal, so super active. And a rescue kitty, thanks to Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue. Next post will show her "little brother" -- not actually her brother, but rescued at the same time and place.

And, yes, she opened the drawer by herself.

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#39 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 7th, 2019, 3:30 pm

Excellent wine and cat!
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#40 Post by brigcampbell » December 8th, 2019, 9:06 am

  • 2018 Vincent Chardonnay - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (12/8/2019)
    If you love acid driven wines then this baby is for you. Probably one of the most acid forward wines I've tasted. It's got a distinct green apple flavor which is not unexpected. But almost comes across a bit like a Sauvignon Blanc. Very angular and palate-cleansing finish.
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#41 Post by Frank Murray III » December 8th, 2019, 9:22 am

  • 2018 Vincent Chardonnay - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (12/8/2019)
    Brig and I tasted from the same bottle. Not sure how long this was open but this seemed coiled and singular, showing a distinct green apple note, along with a very linear and direct acidity that structures the wine. This needs to fill in and add some more texture, as while I very much like acidity, its was dominating here above everything else.
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#42 Post by Scott Tallman » December 8th, 2019, 11:09 am

2018 Goodfellow Family Cellars Whistling Ridge Vineyard Riesling - I’m used to burying all my Matello/Goodfellow wines as I know time is what they need, but most of my seven bottles of this particular bottling likely won’t survive beyond 2020. Pale yellow with outstanding nose of citrus, green tea and a touch of petrol. I could smell this all night. Still a bit recoiled and tight on the palate hinting at a long future for this wine, but so eminently drinkable now. Lime, ginger and stone dominate in a seamless package. Medium-long finish. Great with or without food.

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#43 Post by Lee Short » December 8th, 2019, 5:01 pm

2000 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir "Southeast Block Reserve"

First pour of this was served with braised duck legs and more pasta with the leftovers of the leek + chanterelle sauce. The wine was thick and heavy, black-fruited, and without much aroma. And a bit on the sweet side, with a moderate-length finish.

Left to sit for an hour and served with cheese, the wine had seemingly gained some acidity and the fruit had moved into the spectrum of plums or late picked cherries. It still seems a bit heavy, but not so much as it did before -- and there's much more aroma, mostly of sweet red fruit. Hopefully the wine will continue to improve as it airs out. This isn't a producer I've bought often, I don't know if this is the house style or if it's the vintage speaking.

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#44 Post by Lee Short » December 8th, 2019, 5:11 pm

And here's a pic of Kalonji, our little guy. He and Caraway were rescued together, and they were put up for adoption as a pair. At the time of adoption, he was 8 weeks and she was 12, and she looked out for him in the same way older siblings looked out for younger ones 100 years ago. He was pretty traumatized by his rescue, and is still very, very skittish. Which is sad, because he's just so cute and everyone wants to pet him.
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#45 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 8th, 2019, 5:21 pm

He looks very cute.
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#46 Post by Pat K » December 8th, 2019, 7:29 pm

2018 Van Duzer Pinot Gris Estate Willamette Valley
Straw colored, below medium legs. Aromas of white flowers and lighter fruit: grapefruit, green apple, faint lychee, apple blossom. On the palate, this is a very tart wine; just acid and fruit. Unlike some Pinot Gris that lean toward cream/honey similar to Viognier, this wine reminds me of a dry Chablis. More Pinot Grigio-like than Pinot Gris. Light-medium body. Medium finish, high acidity. Impression : correct to the grape, but better labeled a Pinot Grigio. Drink now.

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Crimson fading to garnet. Medium legs. Aromas of red fruit and the earth: cherry most dominant, a bit dusty. On the palate, red fruit dominance continues but hint of earthiness there. Medium body, medium plus finish, medium plus acidity. Impression: subtle yet distinct complexity. Not really distinctly better than the 2014 Berserker's Cuvee. A bit disappointing....

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#47 Post by Lee Short » December 8th, 2019, 8:02 pm

The Bethel Heights did improve some more, but the final night 1 verdict is that it's still too much on the heavy side for my taste. Leaving some to revisit tomorrow.

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#48 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » December 8th, 2019, 8:43 pm

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2007 Biggio-Hamina Syrah “XX” Deux Vert Vineyard: cool wine. On opening it was a ringer for Fernet Branca aromatically. MHerbaceous, brushy, lean. Palate follows suit. With air this really fleshed out beautifully. Still the amaro tones, folded into mulberry and ripe plum, hints of leather, underbrush, and bitters. Light bodied but with good texture, clean dark fruit, hints of olives, excellent fine tannins, and (very) bright acidity. Nowhere close to fully mature(imo).

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#49 Post by Bill Mauger » December 8th, 2019, 10:11 pm

Here are pics of the zoo - 2 cats and two dogs...

A little taste off tonight 2 entry level wines...

18 PGC Reserve - I believe Jim A said in a thread this is the best version of this wine made. Very open and supple almost borders on overripe and then backs off and wonderful acidity carries the wine to a nice finish. Red fruited and most definitely a crowd pleaser that will appeal to different palates.

17 Goodfellow WV - A bit lean upon opening but with an hour of air Holy Cow! Lots of material here and definitely made in the 2017 house style. Sneaky power and weightlessness on the palate. When tasting with Marcus and Megan a couple weeks ago I asked about Fir Crest fruit and here it is to add some lushness to a lean wine. This unfurled and had crazy layers for an entry level wine.

Both wines make you wonder - are there better sub $25 wines made outside of OR?
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#50 Post by Bill Mauger » December 8th, 2019, 10:23 pm

2018 Pierce Riesling Columbia Gorge: Super delicious bottle of PNW Riesling! Needed a few hours to really get going, and it is quite youthful. With air the bose is restrained still, mostly stones, touch of wet wool, and kaffir lime leaf. Palate is stone fruit, nectarines specifically, with beautiful balance. With a few hours open, this is juicy, long, and intense with just great balance between extract, rs, and acidity.
Great Note - I really want to try to obtain and taste one of Jess’s wines. Great personality and passionate wine maker.

Excited about your note on Todd’s wine as well as I look forward to trying some of his shitty 07 pinots at some point! Although, it would be fun to try both of ur DV Syrahs side by side...

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