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White

2013 Ovum Riesling "The Oyster" Corral Creek Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

6/29/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

Super tight with massive grapefruit pith. big acids. Opened up a bit on day 7, but needs 20 years really. If you have $20 and decades of patience, I think this will really pay off.

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White

2007 J. Scott Cellars Pinot Blanc

Southern Oregon more

6/22/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

surprisingly delightful. good acid, a touch of RS, nice fruit. very food friendly.

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White - Sparkling

NV Charles de Cazanove Champagne Brut Azur á Épernay 1er Cru

Champagne Blend more

5/18/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

from what appeared to a 90s disgorged bottle. Some cider notes and decent depth, good acid that saved it. Worth $17 for sure.

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White - Off-dry

2008 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/11/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

damn this was nice. Great acidity, crisp, yet robust texture and weight. pure. nice lemon. Really enjoyable and a great value.

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Red

2003 Hugel et Fils Pinot Noir Jubilee

Alsace more

5/4/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

Dusty nose every day for 3 days. Dark in the glass and not obviously Pinot. Ripe almost stewed fruit nose but also savory, saline qualities of olives and wet earth. Still quite structured with surprising acidity on day one. I'll likely seek out a better vintage to compare.

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White - Off-dry

2001 Florian Weingart Schloss Fürstenberg Riesling Spätlese

Mittelrhein more

5/4/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

wow, such varied notes on this wine.

I thought it was profound, dark auslese color and texture but then bold lime that kept this wine lingering for a while. beautiful green apple skin. youthful. I'd hold.

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White - Sparkling

1992 J. Lassalle Champagne Special Club

Champagne Blend more

4/27/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

Really lovely for a moment then fell apart pretty quickly. Oxidized with limited bubbles left. noticeably sweet but with really pretty vanilla and baked sugar cookie, sweet bread dough. Decent acidity but then after an hour, it fell apart.

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White

2012 Sylvain Langoureau Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Champlots

Chardonnay more

4/27/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

a fair bit of oak. soft, rich and fruity but also really precise acidity. great wine.

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Red

1991 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Red Rhone Blend more

4/22/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

This took a few hours to open up. Initially very closed nose and bitter but then when it did flesh out, O Wow!

Cork was in ideal condition, felt fresh and indistinguishable from a new cork.

Noticeably light body in the glass with some maroon age indicating color but no considerable bricking.

Nose of dried lavender blossoms and strawberry seeds. There was a strong undercurrent of rusty iron gate. Sometimes lead describes a bloodiness but not here, this was oxidized iron (III).

Initially pretty simple on the palate with a still slightly bitter finish. But after 3 hours of air some really fleshy cherry notes emerged. Almost candied cherry but rather subtle. On the finish, the structure of the Syrah and Mouvedre really shows but also the coolness of the vintage with just a hint of stems. I don't know if that's the whole cluster Grenache or the under ripe Syrah/Mouvedre

The nose evolved into caraway and other cool spices, then the wine really started to freshen up. The acidity picked up and flowers went from dried to fresh herbs, tarragon.

On day 2, no signs of fruit, just leather and garrique.

While a fascinating experience, the wine is in a funny place where the Grenache is in a transition phase and the "structure" grapes still have a bunch of structure. I'm going to hold at least one of my bottles for another 5 years and spread out the rest to see if the tannins soften a bit. Really glad I checked in, but no rush to open more. Maybe Parker is wrong about scoring this vintage a 65/100. ;)

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Red

2000 Chehalem Pinot Noir Stoller Vineyard

Dundee Hills more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Tasted like LBV port. lots of residual sugar and high heat. Disappointing given the Chehalem Ridgecrest vineyard showed so well last year.

Harvested from 10/6-10/8/2000 @ 24.6-25.2 brix, 3.25-3.31 pH, and 6.8-7.6 g/l TA, from 2.2 tons per acre cropload. 14.9% alc and it showed.

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Red

2000 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Tons of nail polish on the nose, then hot, high heat. I wasn't a fan.

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Red

2000 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Reserve Murto Vineyard

Willamette Valley more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Bought on auction a year ago for this tasting.

Pretty red fruits a touch of cinnamon on the nose, then pure, classic, gorgeous red cherries on the palate. The oak showing as hazelnuts, perhaps nutella. The cherries seemed more elegant than other wines from this vintage tonight.

While my notes are light here, this wine was just about perfect and I'm glad I stocked up on 2010 and 2011 of this. Undisputed #1 red of the night.

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Red

2000 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène

Dundee Hills more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): I thought this wine was corked but I couldn't get anyone to agree. Cardboard on the nose, lighter bodied, then chunky Muir Glenn Organic canned tomatoes. Bitter finish.

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Red

2000 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Rather bretty on the nose but then floral with some violets and earth too, wet, alkaline dirt. Some cinnamon spice that lingered. This was a very complex wine, especially for someone who enjoys a little funk in their wine.

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Red

2000 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Rinke got this and a 2nd bottle from the winemaker, David Lett who instructed him to open both and bring the better showing one. I'm glad he did because the 50% chance we got the other bottle I would have been even more disappointed.

This bottle was really soft with blonde brownie notes from the oak. It was elegant and surprisingly clean for the producer (I had flighted it in the Brett flight as I hadn't tasted it prior to flighting). The wine was pretty but beyond the pleasing oak there wasn't much going on.

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Red

2000 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard

Willamette Valley more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): This was hot and poopy. I couldn't get past the Brett.

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Red

2000 McKinlay Pinot Noir Ladd Hill

Oregon more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): I bought this bottle at a local wine shop that kept it in their passively cooled basement cellar since release because it was the surprise hit of the 1998 tasting 2 years ago. This vintage (or this bottle) didn't show as well.

Soft and hot it showed some interesting lead, but then it was ultimately just too simple.

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Red

2000 Lemelson Vineyards Pinot Noir Reed & Reynolds

Willamette Valley more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Thick and dark. This wine was hot and spicy in a barrel proof rye sort of way. Boysenberry fruit flavors on the bold finish.

Disappointing given how well the Sinnean Reed & Reynolds showed at the 99 tasting.

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Red

2000 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Wahle Reserve

Willamette Valley more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Bought on auction about a year ago for this tasting.

Dusty notes from the wood, a touch warm but that's nit-picking. Really pretty, pure Oregon fruit with just a touch of cola. On the lighter side of medium on the weight. Soft on the finish and resolved. Whereas the Bonshaw was aromatically more interesting, this was, as Andy said, the more pleasing wine, the one you'd want to sit down with and enjoy. Pretty much undisputed #2 red of the night.

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Red

2000 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Bonshaw

Ribbon Ridge more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Bought on Auction 2 years ago for this tasting. Per a PM from Jim, this was limited release.

Soft chocolate brownie on the nose, then very beautiful lilacs. Cherries in the mouth. Then a slightly harsh acid on the finish that turned just a bit bitter and stemmy. Other than that slight flaw in the finish, this was a gorgeous wine and my #3 red of the night. The nose was so complex and enchanting. Beau thought this was a 90s NSG ringer and that wasn't a bad guess. Great showing.

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White

2002 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Les Tessons

Chardonnay more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Open initially, then started to show some reduction after being in the glass for 45 minutes. When it was open it was very deep with pear, chalk, mineral and persistent acid. Beau and I were discussing Meursault vs Puligny-Montrachet and I just prefer the overt fruit of PM whereas this was complete and excellent, with good depth, it just wasn't a stunner. A good value nonetheless.

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White

1995 Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve

Dundee Hills more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Light, appropriate color for the age. Cool caraway on the nose, maybe some menthol too. In the mouth, round, pleasing pear but also, persistent and elongating acid. Very soft and elegant, feminine. A really complete wine. A great showing.

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Red

2000 Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans

Pinot Noir more

4/20/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2000 Willamette Valley Pinor Noir -- a 15 year Restrospective; 4/18/2015-4/20/2015 (Littel Bird): Very pretty fruit with just a bit too much tannic structure to be really performing well, definitely hold for a few more years at least. Had a fair bit of oak notes showing as cedar and pine needles. Wine should show very well for some time. Wine was uncorked and left in bottle for 2 hours before drinking.

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Red

1995 Leonetti Cellar Merlot Columbia Valley

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4/15/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

Really pretty nose of tobacco leaf and ripe strawberry, some plum that delivered on the palate but then just as you're settling in to the finish, an odd sour twinge. A bad batch of Oregon Oak? Microbial issues at harvest? Just a bad bottle? dunno, will open another soon.

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White

2010 Château Picque Caillou Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

3/27/2015 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

Stony nose with a bit of lime. Tastes of sweet Meyer lemons and barely ripe pineapple. Soft, supple texture. Decent acid and would be a fantastic wine were it not for the 13% alcohol. Noticeable. Dry finish.

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