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Anne was born in the islands. Her father was a French diplomat with exquisite taste in Burgundy. On weekends, the family dinner table featured bottles from the likes of Roumier, Méo-Camuzet, Morlet, and Barthod. While still in her teens, Anne stunned guests with her blind-tasting precision, often identifying vintages by color and smell before taking a first sip.(Read Full Article)
After earning her enology degree from the Faculté de Bordeaux under professor Denis Dubourdieu, in 2008 the adventurous young winemaker accepted a cellar position in Oregon with another French émigré, Laurent Montalieu. Four years later, in the 2012 vintage, Anne decided ...
After running through a trio of 2012 Pinot Noirs from Oregon’s Youngberg Hill received as samples, I was struck by one thing they all had in common: richness. These are not lacy, delicate wines! A quick internet search about the 2012 vintage in Oregon turned up a post where these words were trotted out to describe [...](Read Full Article)
This month’s Value Picks include wines made from grapes grown in Southern Oregon and the Columbia Valley, and whose heritages can be traced to France’s Rhône, Bordeaux and Savoie, Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and Italy’s Piedmont and Apulia wine regions.
Melrose 2012 Umpqua Valley Estate Tempranillo(Read Full Article)
Ken Wright’s 2012 Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir ranked first among Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Top 100 wines of 2014. Upon initial evaluation earlier in the year, Wright’s 2012 Yamhill-Carlton AVA Pinot was awarded a near-perfect 97 points and named an Editor’s Choice.
When the magazine went about determining its best 100 for the year, the 2012 Ken Wright Abbott Claim Pinot Noir emerged on top among a star-studded field of wines from around the world.(Read Full Article)
So many of my wine habits are dictated by the season: refreshing whites and Provencal rosé in the summer, warming reds in the winter, and a mix of all three during spring and fall. This past year I spent the better half of November and December drinking Spanish Tempranillo and room-temperature white Burgundy. Since the New Year, I’ve left the Old World for vines planted here in the states in one of my favorite regions: Oregon’s Pinot-loving Willamette Valley.
Those who drink Pinot from California and Burgundy should look at Oregon as a type of middle ground, a ...(Read Full Article)
The first time I was introduced to the Angela Estate wines was during a 2012 winter wine event in the small wine-centric town of Carlton, Oregon – a town I like to refer to as “the front porch to wine country.“ Ducking into one of the many tasting rooms that line the quaint downtown main street, I discovered Angela Estate wines via the Folin Cellars tasting room. Angela Estate did not yet have a tasting room – the camaraderie in this small town is impressive.(Read Full Article)
We got our first look at Oregon's spectacularly juicy 2012 Pinot Noirs last July, on the eve of the International Pinot Noir Celebration. Several months before many began calling 2012 the Willamette Valley's "first 100-point vintage," we were already scouring the valley, locking up every top 2012 from Ribbon Ridge to Eola-Amity Hills.(Read Full Article)
Rarely in the last seven years have we acted so decisively. Never more opportunistically.
We've often said that for collectors, Robert Parker is the The King.But when it comes to teasing America's bargain hunters, nothing tops Wine Spectator. Yesterday's Spectator cover ...
The last time I visited the idyllic grounds and beautifully streamlined tasting room of Oregon pioneering winery Sokol Blosser, I was set amid tent after tent of famed local chefs working side by side with local farmers to present the bounties of Yamhill County for the popular event that benefits Susan Sokol Blosser’s Yamhill Enrichment Society, named – you guessed it – Bounty of Yamhill County. It was an incredible event that I wrote about in detail here.(Read Full Article)
You’ve long heard Oregon’s Willamette Valley is home to world-class Pinot Noir.
But admit it, when it’s time to order from the wine list, or pluck one from the shop shelf, something often stops you and, instead, you sip yet another Pinot from Burgundy or California’s Russian River Valley.
And you’re not alone, ya scaredy cat.
California and Burgundy (Pinot’s hallowed ground) are home to delicious wines and are the regions you know. But you’re really missing out on one of wine’s most exciting treasures: well-crafted sips that marry New World strengths ...(Read Full Article)
I wrote enthusiastically about White Rose Estate earlier this year in the PinotFile:www.princeofpinot.com/ article/1524/ and readers should refer to this for additional coverage.
Greg Sanders is the mid behind White Rose Estate and the innovative wines produced here based on a “Neo- Classical Objective.” Greg bought the 10-acre White Rose Vineyard in the Dundee Hills in the summer of 2000. Having found satisfaction as the owner of a moderately large manufacturing company in Los Angeles, Greg had begun to look for a different pursuit that offered an emotional connection and found it in wine. He embarked ...(Read Full Article)
2012 Bergström Gregory Ranch Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc.,$47.50. From an estate-farmed vineyard owned by Wine Club members Dr. Kenton and Cindy Gregory. The vineyard was planted in 2007 to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 21 acres with 15 different clonal blocks on a steep hillside. Soils are sandstone-based marine. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic and alluring with bright aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, plum reduction sauce and spice. Exuberant and luscious on the palate with waves of black cherry, boysenberry and black raspberry fruits accented with spice. Velvety ...(Read Full Article)
2012 Anam Cara Nicholas Vineyard Reserve Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 420 cases, $46. 30% Pommard, 30% 777, 20% 115, 10% 114 and 10% 667. Aged in 37% new and 29% once-filled French oak. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose invigorates with effusive aromas of fresh cherries, spice and dark red rose petals. Bright and elegant on the palate, with a pleasing core of cherry fruit accented with hints of brown spice and white chocolate. The suave tannins are nicely integrated, the texture is silky, and the finish is clean and refreshing ...(Read Full Article)
“For nonconformity, the world whips you with its pleasure.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Specializing in wines that aren’t pinot noir in the Willamette Valley takes a rebel heart. Enter Remy Drabkin. Remy grew up in the valley, and began working harvests at thirteen. The circuitous life-journey led Remy to a passion for Italian red varietals. The Real Wine Julia writes more about Breaking Bad with Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines (ok, it’s breaking bread, but the Wine Harlots chronic aphasia makes breaking bad much more thematic with the rebel, iconoclast, nonconformist vibe. Just work with me here.) More Remy ...(Read Full Article)
“It is our inward journey that leads us through time – forward or back, seldom in a straight line, most often spiraling. Each of us is moving, changing, with respect to others. As we discover, we remember; remembering, we discover; and most intensely do we experience this when our separate journeys converge. Our living experience at those meeting points is one of the charged dramatic fields of fiction.” — Eudora Welty
There’s no drama on the Cowhorn fields, just deliciousness — and that’s not fiction. This is a fantastic wine, indescribably good on day one, even better on day three. It ...(Read Full Article)
I want to create my wine, my art, my life on my own terms. And part of those terms is that I don’t see wine as a status symbol, or some type of an exclusive club. I see wine as art, geography, history. A condiment to life. My mission is to make wine more accessible to everyone.” — André Hueston Mack
Wine Harlots love what André Mack has created with Mouton Noir. Learn more about how You Too Can Be a Black Sheep in this TEDx Martha’s Vineyard talk Mack gave over the summer. Go ahead, view it now ...(Read Full Article)
This week we attended the monthly Supper Social at the Southeast Wine Collective in Portland. The Collective is one of our favorite places to recommend - especially to out of state visitors. Most are flying in and out of Portland and in a short trip can't visit all of Oregon wine country. With 10 urban wineries and 20 varietals under one roof, this working winery and tasting room give visitors a chance to taste a wide range of Oregon wines.Special tasting opportunities at the Collective include the Guest Winemaker Series. Every week they host either a Collective or guest ...(Read Full Article)
Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that which we do not see. Our eyes of flesh see only night.” — Victor Hugo
“I believe that there is luminosity hiding in the shadow of the mundane. And things that hover at the periphery of our vision. If that’s magic, then I believe in it.” ― Natasha Mostert
Luminous and delicious. Shadows and light. Corporeal and ethereal. Earthbound and magical, the wine changes and transforms with each swirl and sip.
The Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012 was seriously intense the first evening (if you ...(Read Full Article)
Once a month, I wake up extra early and head into KPNW’s 1120 AM Newradio’s studio to talk wine with Robb Holloway and Bill Lundun of the Wake Up Call. Every time I’m there Robb asks, “So, what wines are out there that are in the $8-$12 range?” Without a doubt, I’m like a deer in headlights since most wines that immediately pop into my head are in the $25 dollar range. This doesn’t happen because there’s a lack of great wine out there in the price range that Robb is looking for ...(Read Full Article)
In May of 2012 one of our writers Megan visited with a guy named Justin Paul Russell who had come to the Willamette Valley from the Alabama with a dream of making Oregon Pinot Noir. Two years have past and Justin has successfully launched Jasper Sisco with his first wines, including a 2012 Pinot Noir and a 2013 Riesling.(Read Full Article)
“I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
― Langston Hughes
French soul. Oregon soil. It’s the motto of Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The French are cooler than we are. It’s that whole savoir faire, je ne sais quoi action, and we just can’t complete. (Trust us, we Americans have our charms, but the French je ne sais cool is unrivaled.) And in the wine world, it’s no different. The French have been making wine ...(Read Full Article)
“I drink to separate my body from my soul.” ― Oscar Wilde
Argyle Brut was the first Oregon wine we ever had, a pre-party quaff before we ventured out somewhere disreputable on New Year’s Eve, long, long, ago on a rainy night in Seattle on the last day of the year. The label is different now, but I’m sure the bottle would say the same of us, it’s more minimal and sophisticated, and how we wish that was also our destiny.
For us, the Argyle Vintage Brut was a fun and festive glass, the flavors were green apple ...(Read Full Article)
More and more Oregon winemakers are making excellent sparkling wines at a variety of price points and a variety of styles. There's a little something for almost every palate to celebrate the New Year holiday. Here are a few of my favorites.
2011 Argyle Brut Rosé ($50): A blend of 70 percent pinot noir, 25 percent pinot meunier and 5 percent chardonnay, this wine has a beautiful faded antique pink rose color; aromas of rose petal, anise biscotti and pepper; complex flavors of strawberries, citrus, creamy butter cookies and spice notes; and a crisp acidity and clean finish.
2011 ...(Read Full Article)
Since the Wine Spectator's "near-perfect" 97-point 2008 vintage, Oregon's growers have been dealt challenging hands. But after spending 36 hours cellar-hopping from McMinnville to the Dundee Hills, the Eola-Amity Hills to the steepest slopes on Ribbon Ridge, it's clear that all the pre-release hype associated with the 2012 vintage is well deserved. In many cases, these luscious 2012s will outpoint the historic 2008s.(Read Full Article)
Bordeaux-born-and-bred enologist Laurent Montalieu, long one of Oregon's brightest Pinot Noir stars, explained why.
"It was really a storybook vintage, unlike any I've seen since I moved to Oregon from Bordeaux. Old-timers ...
“Wine enters through the mouth,
Love, the eyes.
I raise the glass to my mouth,
I look at you,
― W.B. Yeats
Iconic wine. Iconic label. The image on the label is the Adelsheim’s daughter, Lizzie, drawn by her mother, Ginny. Her father, David, talks about the origin of the labels, branding and the vision for the future in this 2010 interview with Wines & Vines. In thisbeautifully produced video, Adelsheim talks about why the Elizabeth’s Reserve is, in many respects, their most important wine, one that reflects the character of the winery and the Chehalem ...(Read Full Article)