Category Archives: Oregon

2008 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard

Garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black raspberry, marionberry, cherry, leaves, cola, clove, nutmeg, with subtle oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium- tannin, medium acidity, on a medium body, beautiful balance, with layered dark berry cola, and baking spices on a seamless finish. Well worth the dollar!

2006 Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Light ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, strawberry, raspberry, baking spice, leaves, some oak, with no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, very silky red berry fruit, medium- tannin, medium+ acidity, follow by rhubarb pie component, very delicious, with good length to the finish.Continue Reading

2007 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley

An old favorite of mine, from a not that great vintage. On the nose, youthful, raspberry, strawberry, sandlewood, cooking spices, leaves, pretty flowers, pine cone, with moderate oak, and subtle earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, silky tannins, pretty wine with good balance and a moderate finish. One of the better 07’s…Continue Reading

2008 Solena Grand Cuvee Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

This winery has been acting as a crush facility for many vineyards in the Willamette Valley. If you grow grapes and don’t have a vineyard, you talk to these people, and ask the wine-maker to tend your fruit. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, pretty and elegant, cherry, plum, vanilla, loaded with spice,…Continue Reading

2006 Scott Paul Pinot Noir La Paulée Willamette Valley

First wine of many Pinot Noir the other night, and this on was the top dog. Bright ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, strawberry, cherry, raspberry, red licorice, lavender, clove, nutmeg, almost creamy, with no earth, and subtle oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, bright acidity, harmonious balance, pretty fruit,…Continue Reading