Tag Archives: Willamette Valley

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 I’ve had lately.

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

2005 Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

It had been a little while since I’ve tried the 2005 Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, years actually, so I was curious to see how it showed. Pretty ruby color, with a serious cloudy haze. On the nose, youthful but showing signs of development, medium intensity, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb, clove, cinnamon, hay, flowers,…Continue Reading

2005 Cherry Hill Winery Papillon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

I didn’t know much about this producer before having it blind a few weeks back, and everyone agreed of it’s varietal typicity. Extremely low intensity ruby that you can read through. On the nose, youthful but starting to develop, medium intensity, spice driven, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, forest floor, pine cone, dried leaf element, not earthy,…Continue Reading