Tag Archive: 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, a root beer component, slight earthiness, with subtle oak, and really nice depth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, silky tannins, juicy red fruit, nicely balanced with spice, silky and luxurious finish. This is a steal, load up because this will deliver for a good bit of time.    

2007 Scott Paul La Paulee Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

I just had the 06 and was extremely impressed by it, 2007 in Oregon is considered an off vintage by most critics, but most growers say if you waited till the rains stopped to harvest, you made a nice Burgundian Pinot Noir. This guy has a true passion for Burgundy and you get that feeling when you taste his wine. The 07 was lighter in color, more of a see through garnet. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, strawberry, raspberry, subtle smoke, mushroom, cooking spices, with slight oak, and also slight earth to it, although this is “New World” all the way. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium- tannin, medium acidity, nice balance, what this wine is lacking in intensity, it makes up for in prettiness, delicate velvety finish of red fruit, spice, and leaves. More people should be drinking this wine.    

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, sexy spices, and a silkiness that really made me stand back and contemplate how great this Pinot was. Now I want more.    

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, slight mushroom, with moderate oak, and very subtle earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium- tannin, medium acidity, showed a lot of velvet and grace, with pretty fruit, and a silky finish of moderate length this showed pretty well against other great Pinots, enjoyed with smoked Copper River Coho! I only have two bottles left.    

2005 Cherry Hill Winery Papillon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

cherryhill_papillonI 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, and some indicators of oak. On the palate, dry, medium- tannin, medium acidity, ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, herbs, vanilla bean, spice, nicely balanced flavors and alcohol with moderate length on the finish. Solid wine for the money, more people should seek this out.    

NV Panther Creek Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

panthercreekI had this a few weeks back at an Oregon Pinot Noir tasting and enjoyed it a lot, especially for the price. At the table, the Assistant wine makenot broadr called it their answer to the recession, and I get it, making something of quality for us hurting folks to enjoy. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, raspberry, strawberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, leaves, straw, not earthy, and not oaky either, pure soft red fruit with a nice lingering spice. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium- tannin, medium acidity, very balanced and delicate wine, not broad or masculine in any way, but finishes well. I will drink more of this for sure.    

2006 Argyle Chardonnay Willamette Valley

argyle We are pouring this by the glass so we opened a bottle last night. It was way too cold and closed for the first few minutes. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, apples pears, spice, not earthy, some oak but slight. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, floral element, apple pie, cinnamon, bread, some oak, nice acidity, nice finish of moderate length.