Willamette Valley Oregon Trip 4 & 1/2 Days

Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasted Monday, July 29, 2013 - Sunday, August 4, 2013 by rocknroller with 519 views

Introduction

This was a fabulous trip with 4 plus great days of tasting followed by another 4 days on the coast. The trip was fun and educational. The highlights certainly were the time spent with the gracious Mark Vlossak of St. Innocent and the evening tasting with Tom and Deb Mortimer of Le Cadeau. Along the way there were many many outstanding wines and great meals. Too many to single out.

Vintage notes: 2010 really looks good, 2011 depending on the winemaker may be showing well or still need time ala the 2007 vintage. The 2009's were a mixed bag, from some they showed quite well, but from others the hotter vintage proved to be problematic.

Flight 2 - Domaine Serene (6 Notes)

Flight 3 - Brick House (5 Notes)

Flight 4 - Trisaetum (8 Notes)

Flight 5 - Archery Summit (8 Notes)

Flight 6 - Argyle (4 Notes)

Flight 7 - Dinner at Nick's Italian (1 Note)

  • 2009 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 93 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills

    (7/29/2013)

    Had with the tasting menu at Nick's Italian in McMinnville. If I can ever find my notes on this, I'll add them, but from memory it was delightfully floral, violets, red and blue fruits, nice perfume, medium body and some sour cherry on the palate as well. Provocative finish. Very complex, seemed to change quite a bit.

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Flight 9 - Evening Land (6 Notes)

Flight 10 - Le Cadeau Tasting Room (6 Notes)

  • 2010 Aubichon Pinot Noir 89 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/30/2013)

    Nice entry level wine, lighter color, bright, cherry, earth, loam, medium body. Medium finish.

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  • 2009 Aubichon Pinot Noir Reserve 92 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/30/2013)

    This was delightful! Bright red fruits on the nose, cherry, earthy mushroom. The palate shows complexity and depth, nice mid palate, darker fruits, darker cherry, lush and textured, integrated, very long finish. 92+pts.

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  • 2009 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Rocheux 91 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/30/2013)

    Well I guess you could say that some time has served this wine well, it was excellent, a huge step up from a year and a half ago. Medium red color. Red fruits on the nose, raspberry, minerals, earthy, spices. The palate is deep and refined, minerals, earth, darker berries, medium plus finish.

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  • 2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Diversite 93 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/30/2013)

    Dark red color. Stunning nose, deep and earthy, damp, mushroom, smoky, red berries, cherry, minerals. The palate rocks literally with crushed rock, dark cherry, raspberry, earthy, savory, deep and very elegant, very long finish. One of the wines of the trip 93+pts.

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  • 2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Rocheux 92 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/30/2013)

    Even better than the '09 is the '10 Rocheux. Gorgeous red fruits on the nose, damp earth, minerals, spice. The palate delivers even more depth and a longer finish, black cherry, tart, cranberry.

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  • 2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Côte Est 91 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/30/2013)

    This was a pop and pour, thanks Brian! No detailed notes, but showing well right out of the gate. 91-92pts.

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Flight 11 - Bethel Heights (9 Notes)

Flight 12 - Cristom (6 Notes)

Flight 13 - St. Innocent with Mark Vlossak (10 Notes)

Flight 14 - Witness Tree (7 Notes)

Flight 16 - Sokol Blosser (8 Notes)

Flight 17 - Antica Terra (4 Notes)

  • 2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Rosé Erratica 89 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/31/2013)

    Medium cherry red color. Very floral with bright cherry on the nose. the palate has abundant fruit and nice acid. this was very good and probably has some upside, but it is at a crazy price point

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  • 2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Ceras 92 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/31/2013)

    Well with a label this classy, you knew it had to be good right? right? ok, well maybe not, but in this case, it really is. Very nice, extremely elegant, soft and plush, lovely and lingering finish. Filled with bright red fruit and a perfume of rose hips. 92+pts.

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  • 2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Botanica 93 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/31/2013)

    A wow wine, this really impresses, intense on the palate and the nose, deeply layered, minerals, black cherry, earthy, floral, the palate is elegant and caressing. Very long finish. And this is just a baby, who knows where this might go...

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  • 2009 Lillian Winery Syrah 93 Points

    USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County

    (7/31/2013)

    I have to say I was really impressed by this wine. I was not expecting it to be so open and enjoyable at this point. But it was quite remarkable, I don't often describe Syrah as elegant, but I find myself using that term for almost all of Maggie's wines in this tasting. This was elegant, pretty, dark fruits, blackberry, juicy plum, vanilla, graphite, minerals, and allspice. What an alluring way to finish the tasting. 93+(+)pts.

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Flight 18 - White Rose (3 Notes)

Flight 19 - Domaine Drouhin (3 Notes)

Flight 20 - Stoller (5 Notes)

Flight 21 - Alexana (4 Notes)

Flight 22 - Le Cadeau: At the Vineyard with Tom & Deb Mortimer (5 Notes)

  • 2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Diversite 93 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/31/2013)

    This confirms my earlier tasting. This is gorgeous, a wonderful purity on the nose, ripe berries, spices and an awesome earthiness. the palate is impeccably balanced, ripe black cherry, briar, berries, spice and has a very long finish. 93+pts easily.

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  • 2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Équinoxe 92 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/31/2013)

    Another delightfully good 2010 is the Equinoxe. This has damp earth, rich cherry fruit with red currant and spices. The palate is elegant, rich, with layers of cherry and currants buoyed by nice acids and silky tannins. Another long finish.

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  • 2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Rocheux 92 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/31/2013)

    Making this a trifecta of 2010's, the Rocheux follows up the previous tasting with almost identical notes. Bright red fruits on the nose with earth and spice. The palate again is tart, black cherry, cranberry, earth, layered. Medium plus finish.

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  • 2010 Aubichon Pinot Noir Reserve 92 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/31/2013)

    Made from 40-50% Estate Le Cadeau fruit and the rest from Vista Hills in the Dundee Hills and Armstrong Vineyard in Ribbon Ridge. Still shows great earth notes, deep and layered, darker fruits with vanilla and a lush finish. All of the 2010's from Le Cadeau and Aubichon are just outstanding. 92+pts.

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  • 2009 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Côte Est 90 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/31/2013)

    I didn't get much for notes on this. 20% whole cluster, 100% new oak. Very nice, cherry, some toast and smoke.

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Flight 23 - Dinner at Joel Palmer House, Dayton, OR (1 Note)

  • 2009 Cristom Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard 91 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    (7/31/2013)

    From 375ml. Medium dark red color. Drank with dinner at Joel Palmer House. Nose has a sweet streak, allspice, red fruits, cinnamon, minerals. The palate has tart red fruits, round tannins, allspice, minerals and a medium plus finish. The nose exceeds the palate, but the palate is quite nice also. 91+pts.

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Flight 25 - Bergstrom (7 Notes)

Flight 26 - Adelsheim (6 Notes)

Flight 27 - Beaux Freres (5 Notes)

Flight 28 - Ken Wright (6 Notes)

Flight 29 - Penner-Ash (6 Notes)

Flight 30 - Eyrie (4 Notes)

Flight 31 - Day 5 Willamette Valley: 8/2/13 Trying to get out of Town!

All good things must come to an end, but we had a hard time not stopping on the way out of Dodge.

Flight 32 - Chehalem (10 Notes)

Flight 33 - Roco (5 Notes)

Flight 34 - Ponzi (3 Notes)

Flight 35 - Miscellaneous Wines From the Rest of the Trip (4 Notes)

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