Willamette Valley Oregon Trip 4 & 1/2 Days

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Tasted July 29, 2013 - August 4, 2013 by rocknroller with 415 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)

White
2010 Domaine Serene Chardonnay Dijon Clones Etoile USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Light gold color. 10 months in neutral French oak barrels. 100cs. Light body, crisp, fresh, citrus, medium plus finish. Very good.
Rosé
N.V. Domaine Serene "R" USA, Oregon
89 points
Pinot Noir base for this blend. Fresh, cherry, cranberry, light, crisp.
Red
2010 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Jerusalem Hill Willamette Valley USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Medium red color. Beautiful nose, lovely florals, The palate is lighter bodied, dusty, briary, oak, cherry, spice. The nose exceeds the palate. 90+pts.
Red
2010 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Two Barns USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Medium red color. Another lovely floral, perfumed nose, cola, raspberry, more fruit than the JH, brown sugar. 91+pts.
Red
2010 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Very nice also, spice, perfumed, bright berry fruit, round tannin. Elegant as usual. 91+pts.
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Red
2010 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Côte Sud Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
93 points
Wow, this was flat out fantastic. Only 2 barrels made. Gorgeous fruit, lovely nose, perfect balance, very elegant and with intensity and depth. What a great treat.

Flight 3 - Brick House (5 notes)

White
2011 Brick House Chardonnay Cascadia USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
88 points
Pale gold color. Nose of root vegetables, earthy, white blossoms, citrus. The palate is light bodied, crisp, pear, citrus
Red
2011 Brick House Gamay Noir Ribbon Ridge USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
87 points
Medium red color. Neutral French oak. Has a nice fruity nose, strawberry, berry, pepper. The palate is a bit thin, tannic, dry, berry.
Red
2011 Brick House Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais Ribbon Ridge USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
87 points
Light red color. Spice, earth, very tight nose, cherry. The palate is light bodied, a tad thin mid, cherry, round tannins. Liked many of the 2011's we tasted, I suspect this will need a year plus to come around. 87(+)pts.
Red
2011 Brick House Pinot Noir Cuvée du Tonnelier USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
90 points
Medium red color. Pretty, nice fruit, cherry, lighter style, balanced and elegant. Interestingly, I found this open and ready compared to the Les Dijonnais. 90+pts.
Red
2011 Brick House Pinot Noir Evelyn's USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
92 points
This one is a 50:50 mix of Pommard and Dijon clones. Bright medium ruby red color. Nice minerality, red fruits, bright red fruits, ripe berries, light body, elegant, nice tannins and good length.

Flight 4 - Trisaetum (8 notes)

White
2012 Trisaetum Riesling Dry Coast Range Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
90 points
Pale gold color. Lovely fruit, nectarines, peach, citrus, very aromatic. Balanced and lovely. .7%RS 90-91pts.
White - Off-dry
2012 Trisaetum Riesling Coast Range Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
89 points
2%RS. Pale gold color. Peach, citrus, nice. A tad sweet, but pretty nice.
Red
2011 Trisaetum Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
Medium red color. Nose exceeds palate. N: subtle earth, red and blue fruit, mineral. The palate shows red and black fruit, woody, spice, tannin, some heat.
Red
2011 Trisaetum Pinot Noir Artist Series No. 15 USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Dijon clone 115. Medium red color. 60-100cs. Mushroom, truffle, dark cherry, nice tannins, nice structure, medium plus finish.
Red
2011 Trisaetum Pinot Noir Artist Series No. 18 USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Pommard clones. Dark red color. Earthy, darker fruits, oak spice nose. Drinking very young, wood spice, dark fruit palate. Love the earth on the nose. 88(+)pts.
Red
2011 Trisaetum Pinot Noir Wichmann Dundee Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Ready, supple, elegant, great nose, nice, ripe mixed berries.
Red
2010 Trisaetum Pinot Noir Estates Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
50:50 Ribbon Ridge and Coast Estate. Smoky, savory, mushroom, ripe berries, cherry, nice concentration, balanced. Really nice, 92+pts.
Red
2007 Trisaetum Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
89 points
Meaty, savory, spicy, cherry, oak, made with new oak barrels.

Flight 5 - Archery Summit (8 notes)

Red
2011 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Premier Cuvée USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Dark red color. Blend of all 6 vineyards. Nice, medium body, spices, rich, darker cherry fruit.
Red
2011 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Renegade Ridge Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
Dark red color. Nicely layered, feminine, young, nice, full bodied pinot, dark berry fruits, oak. 90+ to 91pts.
Red
2011 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Looney Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
90 points
Very dark red color. Nice, earthy, deep and dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, perfumed, red currant, oak. This was showing young and at times had some heat and firm tannins. Like a lot of '11's this needs a little time, but is promising.
Red
2011 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Arcus Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Very dark red color. Dark fruits, ripe, fruit forward, bright, nice tannins, black cherry, cherry cola, spice.
Red
2010 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Archery Summit Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
92 points
Dark red color. Earthy, cedar, rich, perfumed, red currant and red cherry, spices, round, velvety tannin, nice finish and drinking well now.
Red
2011 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Archer's Edge USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
No notes.
Red
2010 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Red Hills Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
Dark red color. Brooding dark fruits of cassis, blackberry, roasted meat, and a bit smoky, brown sugar. Very different from the others. 90+pts.
Rosé
2010 Archery Summit Vireton Pinot Noir Rosé USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Fairly deep color. Fresh, watermelon, citrus.

Flight 6 - Argyle (4 notes)

White - Sparkling
2009 Argyle Brut USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Light gold color. PN59%/C41%. Bright, pear, apple, lemon, nice balance, deft minerality. Excellent.
White - Sparkling
2009 Argyle Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Knudsen Vineyard Julia Lee's Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Pale gold color. Fine bead, pear, white blossoms, quince, mineral, crisp, refreshing. Nice finish.
White
2009 Argyle Chardonnay Nuthouse Reserve Series USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Light gold color. Toasted, nutty, butter, creamy texture, citrus, peach.
Red - Sparkling
2010 Argyle Pinot Noir Black Brut USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Dark purple color, fun, refreshing, just a tad of sweetness, dark berries, minerals.

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

Red
2009 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
93 points
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)

White
2010 Evening Land Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley
90 points
Very nice roundness, lemon, crisp and clean, medium finish. Quite nice.
White
2010 Evening Land Vineyards St. Romain France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, St. Romain
87 points
Ok, simple, light, a bit tropical.
Red
2011 Evening Land Vineyards Gamay Noir Celebration Seven Springs Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
87 points
Medium red/purple color. Decent, fruity, a bit thin, tannic, might improve a bit.
Red
2010 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
92 points
Medium red color. Great nose, earthy, rich, perfumed, cherry, berry. The palate is deep and textured, layers, dark red cherry, berry, spice, long finish. Great to see that Seven Springs is in good hands.
Red
2010 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
93 points
Takes the Seven Springs to another level higher. Still that gorgeous nose, but the depth is even greater and the finish has even more persistence. Long, rich, layered. Loved it. Drinking well today, this bottle had been opened late the day before.
Red
2010 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Red Queen Seven Springs Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
91 points
Didn't take detailed notes on this, excellent, but it was not showing as well as the other 2010 Seven Springs offerings today. Needs more time. This is a vintage and barrel selection wine. 91(+)pts.

Flight 10 - Le Cadeau Tasting Room (6 notes)

Red
2010 Aubichon Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Nice entry level wine, lighter color, bright, cherry, earth, loam, medium body. Medium finish.
Red
2009 Aubichon Pinot Noir Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
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.
Red
2009 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Rocheux USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
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.
Red
2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Diversite USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
93 points
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.
Red
2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Rocheux USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
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.
Red
2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Côte Est USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
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)

White
2011 Bethel Heights Chardonnay Unoaked USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
88 points
Light gold color, lighter body, crisp, grapefruit, lychee, citrus.
White
2011 Bethel Heights Chardonnay USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Apple, lemon, restrained oak. Medium finish.
White
2011 Bethel Heights Riesling USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Tart, grapefruit, mild fusil, tart, dry, medium finish. Nicely done.
White
2011 Bethel Heights Gewürztraminer USA, Oregon, Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley
89 points
Pale gold color. Nice aromatics, not overly pungent, floral, herbs, tropical.
Red
2010 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Estate Flat Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
92 points
This was really nice, medium bright ruby red color. Ripe cherry, berry, spice, soft and supple, elegant, nice tannins, good length on the finish.
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Red
2010 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Southeast Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
90 points
This was a bit more tannic than the Flat Block, dried herbs, spice, red raspberry, needs a little more time to evolve but looks promising. 90(+)pts.
Red
2010 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir West Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
91 points
Medium dark red color. Wädenswil clone. Darker fruits, black cherry, black raspberry, spice, briar, damp earth. Excellent. 91+pts.
Red
2009 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir West Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
89 points
Dark red color. Earthy, dry, spicy, briary, mineral, firmer tannins. This has a nice nose, but the palate while nicely textured gives way to sharper edges on the finish that detract. I'm not sure that this will round much more. 88-89pts.
Red
2009 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Libertine USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
91 points
Medium dark red color. More masculine is character, ripe and lush, darer fruits, much better than the '09 West Block.

Flight 12 - Cristom (6 notes)

White
2012 Cristom Pinot Gris Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
89 points
Light gold color. full ML and rests on lees, 1000cs. This nice, good body, very crisp, clean and well balanced, orchard fruit. 89+pts.
Red
2011 Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvée USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Medium red color. Cherry, dried berry, cherry cola, spice, firm tannins, a bit on the green side. May improve a bit with a year or too of age. 88-89pts.
Red
2011 Cristom Pinot Noir Eileen Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
Young. Needs time. Impression 89(+)pts.
Red
2011 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
Showing better than the Eileen, but also tight and firm right now. Deeper and longer on the palate. Give this at least a year. Impression 89-90pts.
Red
2011 Cristom Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Another wine that was not willing to cooperate much. Disjointed and grippy. I'm giving the 2011 Cristom lineup the benefit of the doubt that these will all improve given the opportunity to mature in bottle as has been seen with some of the cooler vintages in particular. Current impression is 88pts.
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Red
2010 Cristom Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Now here's what we're looking for, open and round, nice earthiness, raspberry, floral, lush with fine tannins, long finish

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

Rosé
2012 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Œil de Perdrix Temperance Hill USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Very pale salmon color. Off dry, but finishes fairly dry, ripe berries, a bit of sweetness on the front end. Very nice summer sipper and a good value. We really enjoyed this one.
White
2011 St. Innocent Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Pale gold, dry, orchard fruits, lemon, mineral, white flowers, light and crisp, follows through well. Always a solid value.
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White
2011 St. Innocent Chardonnay Dijon Clone Freedom Hill Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Light gold color. Nice mineral driven chard with good acid, stone fruits, stones, less wood, fairly bright on the palate with a crisp and clean finish and nice texture. Just a great versatile chard at a nice tariff.
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Red
2011 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Vitae Springs Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Medium red color. Floral, red fruits, bright palate, nice acid and lovely red fruit with good depth and persistence.
Red
2011 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Medium dark red color. Typically one of my favorites from Mark's lineup, the 2011 does not disappoint with a great floral nose, ripe red raspberry, cherry and spices. The palate has that lush mouthfeel with round tannins and zesty acidity balancing the red and darker red fruits. Given the youth this may be even better down the road.
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Red
2011 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
91 points
Showing cinnamon, spice, dark cherries, on the nose followed with bright, but darker berry fruits and minerals, underbrush and exotic spice on the palate. 91+pts.
Red
2011 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
93 points
The Justice was another honey showing a high toned perfume with florals, spice and bright red fruit. The palate offers the typical power and concentration of Justice as well as the velvety textures. The palate finishes long with lush lingering fruit and spices. 92+ to 93pts.
Red
2011 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
92 points
TheShea was drinking quite well given its youth, showing off the telltale dark fruits, smoke, and spice on thenose. the palate brings power with ripe cherry and cola notes along with black raspberry preserves. the tannins have a little grip, but are round. 92(+)pts.
Red
2011 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, McMinnville
91 points
Very dark red color. Always a bigger wine the '11 is no different. Vanilla, dark red fruits, full body, big, slightly candied, rich, firm tannins and long. Mark says the '12 looks to be the best Momtazi ever which would be high praise.
Red
2011 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Didn't get a lot of notes here. Tannins were rather firm, but this kept expanding in the glass and had a long finish.

Flight 14 - Witness Tree (7 notes)

White
2010 Witness Tree Vineyard Pinot Gris Stand Sure Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
This was pretty good at 10 bucks, nothing special, but a decent QPR with some nice tropical fruits.
Rosé
2011 Witness Tree Vineyard Dolcetto Remari Rosato Stand Sure Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
86 points
Crisp and clean, nice array of fruit aromas, strawberry and cherry, a bit thin.
Red
2011 Witness Tree Vineyard Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
This is the "Estate" bottling. Darker fruits, firm dry tannins, needs more time.
Red
2009 Witness Tree Vineyard Pinot Noir Vintage Select USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
89 points
This seemed a little on the stewy side to me, more plum and raisin and stewed cherry fruit, spices, oak.
Red
2009 Witness Tree Vineyard Pinot Noir Hanson USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
This showed the best of the bunch, nicely balanced, strawberry, earth, leather, floral on the nose and palate, fairly elegant.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Witness Tree Vineyard Sweet Signe USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Interesting blend of Chard, Viognier, and Pinot Blanc done as a faux ice wine. Bright nose with floral elements and lots of apricot and tropical fruits on the nose and palate. Lacks a bit of balance to carry off the sweetness.
White
2009 Witness Tree Vineyard Viognier USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
This was nice, floral and aromatic with nice fruit and good balance. 89+pts.

Flight 16 - Sokol Blosser (8 notes)

White
N.V. Sokol Blosser Evolution 16th Edition USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
88 points
This was a pretty fun wine on a sunny deck. Tropical, fresh, sweet.
White
2012 Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
Pale gold color, citrus, grapefruit, crisp and fresh. Very good energy and depth on the palate.
Rosé
2012 Sokol Blosser Rosé of Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
89 points
Medium pink color. Another refreshing wine, melon, grapefruit, citrus, lively. Clean finish. 89+pts.
Red
2010 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Dundee Hills USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Lovely spices, floral, dry earth, sage. The palate is on the lighter side, but shows nice depth of red fruits, spice, mineral. Nose is outstanding and exceeds the palate.
Red
2009 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Dundee Hills USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
The '09 is more masculine in character than the '10, bigger, more tannins, dry earth, cherry and cola with spice.
Red
2010 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Estate Cuvée Dundee Hills USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
This was quite tasty, earth, elegant, balanced, great berry notes, mineral.
Red
2009 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Goosepen Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
This had a nice mix of spices, earth, tobacco, and cherries with nice balance. Smooth texture.
Red
2010 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Big Tree Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Certainly the biggest of the bunch, nice nose, fairly round, more spice, but still not over the top, black cherry, darker. 91+pts.

Flight 17 - Antica Terra (4 notes)

Rosé
2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Rosé Erratica USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
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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Red
2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Ceras USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
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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Red
2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Botanica USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
93 points
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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Red
2009 Lillian Winery Syrah USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
93 points
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)

Red
2010 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Luciole Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
88 points
Not a lot of notes, cedar, astringent, a bit longer on the finish. Time may help this.
Red
2011 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Guillen Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
87 points
95% whole cluster. Cinnamon, tart red fruit, stemmy, not very giving. Young, but I don't have a lot much confidence this is going to be much better. 87-88pts.
Red
2011 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Anderson Family Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
This one finally was a winner; nice, round and full bodied, layered, ripe dark fruits, nice ripe tannins.

Flight 19 - Domaine Drouhin (3 notes)

White
2011 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
Light gold color. Tropical nose with pear, pineapple, lighter body, clean and balanced, medium plus finish. 90+ to 91pts.
Red
2011 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
89 points
Love the nose on this wine, but it far exceeds the palate. The nose shows roses, dust, dried earth, perfume, strawberry. The palate is woody, tannic, red fruits, cherry finish. Maybe this will settle down.
Red
2009 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
Brickish red color. Spicy, dry, tart, darker red fruits, cherry, minerals.
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Flight 20 - Stoller (5 notes)

White
2012 Stoller Chardonnay USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
Light gold color. Nose has peach, pear, hints of strawberry, floral. Very nice and light-medium body with crisp ripe pear and peach notes. Clean and refreshing. 90+pts.
White
2011 Stoller Chardonnay Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
87 points
Quite dry, oaky, citrus.
Rosé
2012 Stoller Tempranillo Estate Exclusive USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
86 points
Tart, citrus, a little peach and some strawberry. Interesting.
Red
2010 Stoller Pinot Noir JV Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
88 points
JV-Junior Vines: 2001 and younger. Screw cap. Bright red color. Cherry nose with bing cherry palate, tart, prominent acids, fruity. 87-88pts.
Red
2009 Stoller Pinot Noir SV Estate Dundee Hills USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
89 points
SV: Senior Vines, 2000 and older. Nice nose. Bigger palate, darker, heavier, spicy, firm tannins, underbrush. Young.

Flight 21 - Alexana (4 notes)

White
2012 Alexana Riesling Revana Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
86 points
This was a little too sweet for my taste, lacking the overall balance. Peach and some mineral.
White
2012 Alexana Pinot Gris Revana Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
89 points
Considerably better than the Riesling, showing better acid and balance overall. Nice crisp palate with pear and apple. Nicely textured with a medium finish.
Red
2009 Alexana Pinot Noir Signature Revana Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
This was rather rich and dense. Nose shows spices, briar, black cherry. the palate is concentrated, black cherry, spicy, oak, again some heat at the end. 89-90pts.
Red
2010 Alexana Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
The clear winner was the Shea . Splendid nose with musty earth, leather, sandalwood. the palate is dense and savory, black cherry and dark berries, leather, smoke, silky tannins. 92+pts.

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

Red
2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Diversite USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
93 points
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.
Red
2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Équinoxe USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
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.
Red
2010 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Rocheux USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
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.
Red
2010 Aubichon Pinot Noir Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
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.
Red
2009 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Côte Est USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
I didn't get much for notes on this. 20% whole cluster, 100% new oak. Very nice, cherry, some toast and smoke.

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

Red
2009 Cristom Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
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.

Flight 25 - Bergstrom (7 notes)

White
2011 Bergström Chardonnay "Sigrid" USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
We had the pleasure of getting the very last pours of 2011 Sigrid from the winery. This was outstanding showing a bright nose with lemon, citrus, pear, and mineral. the palate is bright and lively with tangy acid, medium body, lifted, lemon, pear, apple. 92+pts.
White
2011 Bergström Chardonnay Old Stones USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
For an "everyday chard" this pretty good stuff. A nice mix of oak, minerals, and citrus fruits. 89+pts.
Red
2011 Bergström Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Blend of all 5 vineyards. Medium ruby red color. Nice nose, earthy and pungent, black raspberry, black cherry, spicy but balanced, long finish.
Red
2011 Bergström Pinot Noir de Lancellotti USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
90 points
This was drinking a little younger, more wood, spice, and tannins. the nose shows some florals and there is nice fruit here too. Give this a year plus.
Red
2011 Bergström Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
92 points
Perfumed nose, sweet ripe fruits, dark red fruit. the palate is deep and ripe with cherry, black cherry, dark berry, firm tannins, mineral, smoke, young, long. Another nice bottle of Shea.
Red
2011 Bergström Pinot Noir Temperance Hill USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Ruby red color. Earthy, mushroom, musty, ripe berries, bright, nice texture. Medium finish. 91+ to 92pts.
Red
2011 Bergström Pinot Noir Le Pre Du Col USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
90 points
Red fruit nose, darker palate, earthy, minerals, tannins are firm. This needs a bit of time.

Flight 26 - Adelsheim (6 notes)

White
2011 Adelsheim Chardonnay Caitlin's Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Very fruity, citrus, minerals, very crisp, long.
Red
2010 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Elizabeth's Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Medium dark red color. 12 vineyard blend form 4 AVA's, mostly estate fruit. Interesting spices, mostly red fruits with some darker fruits on the palate, a little green edge on the palate, oak, lingering finish. This likely benefits from some more cellar time
Red
2010 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Ribbon Springs USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
88 points
No detailed notes, 100% pommard, firm tannins, subdued overall. Not showing.
Red
2010 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Calkins Lane Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
89 points
Pretty nice overall, a bit green/stemmy, firm tannins, young.
Red
2010 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Temperance Hill USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
91 points
Lush, full, and nicely textured, nice fruit, vibrant palate, berries, long, spicy, young. 91+(+)pts.
Red
2010 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Bryan Creek Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
88 points
Very structured and tannic, darker fruits, needs some time.

Flight 27 - Beaux Freres (5 notes)

Red
2011 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Willamette Valley USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Bright fruit, raspberry, cherry, allspice. Tart cherry palate, tart berry, minerals, spice, lively, medium plus finish.
Red
2011 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
91 points
Very dark red color. Very nice, cranberry, cherry, spice. Medium body, deep fruit, layered, sous bois.
Red
2009 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
92 points
This was a second opportunity to taste this wine in the last 8 weeks. Definitely catches one's attention. A bit murky, dark red color. Drinking really well, perfumed, brighter fruit, cherries, fuller body, balanced, earth, long lingering finish. this was open and ready. 92+pts.
Red
2008 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
92 points
Earthy, spices, round, berry, cherry, red licorice, velvety.
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Red
2007 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
92 points
My favorite of the BF-BF trio was the 2007. Fresh and gorgeous, lovely purity, bright raspberry, damp earth, leather, elegant, integrated tannins. 92+pts.

Flight 28 - Ken Wright (6 notes)

White
2011 Ken Wright Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
Heavy grapefruit, tart, a bit heavy handed and one dimensional.
White
2010 Ken Wright Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard USA, Oregon/Washington, Columbia Gorge
88 points
This was a bit overtly tart and acidic with citrus fruit and a sharper finish.
Red
2009 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Sweet fruit, but very tart and acidic, tannins and oak dominate. Whole cluster. Hopefully this goes somewhere with age. The '09 vintage scares me from a number of producers.
Red
2009 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Tart, cranberry, briary, lingering, cedar, tart red fruits.
Red
2009 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Nysa Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Spice, wood shavings, darker fruit, dry tannins, woody, spicy, intense finish.
Red
2009 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
88 points
tart, dry, tannic, bing cherry, heat. Another disappointment.

Flight 29 - Penner-Ash (6 notes)

White
2012 Penner-Ash Viognier USA, Oregon
90 points
Lovely aromatics, peaches, floral, nice fruits. The palate is crisp, tart citrus, peach. Impressive. 90+pts.
Rosé
2012 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Roséo USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
Strawberry, fresh, light dry earth, pleasant. 87-88pts.
Red
2011 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Dark red color. Earthy, deep and layered, bright fruit, cherry, cola.
Red
2011 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Dussin Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Dark red color. Ripe fruit, long finish, bold, currants, dark berry, vanilla, firm and dusty, briary. Very good.
Red
2011 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Elevee Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Black cherry, dense, layered, deep, medium grain tannins, berry, medium plus finish.
Red
2010 Penner-Ash Syrah USA, Oregon
91 points
Dark garnet red color. Meaty, smoky, savory, blackberry, black cherry, pepper. Balanced well.

Flight 30 - Eyrie (4 notes)

Red
2010 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
From a blend of the 4 estate vineyards. Light color, earthy and damp, red fruit, floral, P: white pepper, spice, red fruits, balanced, feminine, elegant. 91+pts.
Red
2010 BlackCap Pinot Noir USA, Oregon
90 points
Slightly darker color, medium red. sweeter on the nose, cherry, blueberry, spices. P: sour cherry, spicy, more tannins, sour red fruit.
Red
1999 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir South Block Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Medium red-orange color. This was from a big vintage. The fruit is more lively and energetic vs the '86, perfumed, caramel, sandalwood, spices, cherry, high toned, mineral. What a treat.
Red
1986 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Orange-brick red medium color. Red currants and cranberry, light, gorgeous, tart fruit, dried berry, leather, still decent acid, holding up well. 91+pts.

Flight 31 - Day 5 Willamette Valley: 8/2/13 Trying to get out of Town! (0 notes)

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)

White
2010 Chehalem Pinot Gris Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Really nice wine with citrus, pear, mineral, apple, nuts. Builds through the mid-palate and just explodes on the finish. Probably the best PG of the trip. 91+pts.
White
2011 Chehalem Riesling Corral Creek USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
88 points
Alsatian style Riesling, 1.9% RS. Hi toned grapefruit and citrus, tart, fleshy, sweet, with subtle petrol. Not really my style.
White
2010 Chehalem Chardonnay Ian's Reserve Stoller Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
38% new oak, full ML. Citrus, apple, medium body, pear, spices, oak. Well done.
White
2010 Chehalem Chardonnay Ian's Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Toasted almonds, citrus, subtle apple notes.
Red
2010 Chehalem Pinot Noir Stoller Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Nice nose, bright fruit, cherry, spice, soft texture, long finish. Nicely integrated.
Red
2010 Chehalem Pinot Noir Corral Creek USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
91 points
Red fruits abound, strawberry, cherry, raspberrries, tart, mice depth and vibrancy, another long finish. 91+ to 92pts.
Red
2010 Chehalem Pinot Noir Ridgecrest USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
92 points
Darker color, black raspberry, black cherry, deep berries, velvety texture, really glides across the palate. Very long and well balanced. Fine grain tannins, a touch of sour fruit on the palate. 92+pts.
Red
2010 Chehalem Pinot Noir Ridgecrest USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
92 points
Darker color, black raspberry, black cherry, deep berries, velvety texture, really glides across the palate. Very long and well balanced. Fine grain tannins, a touch of sour fruit on the palate. 92+pts to 93pts.
Red
2007 Chehalem Pinot Noir Ridgecrest USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
88 points
Some bricking, herbal and earthy, light body, cranberry, cherry, herbal and green tannins.
Red
2010 Chehalem Pinot Noir Reserve Ridgecrest Vineyards USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
92 points
Very elegant, distinctive, floral, black cherry, subtle spice notes, cola, silky and fresh. This was WOTF by a hair over the regular Ridgecrest. 92+ to 93 pts.

Flight 33 - Roco (5 notes)

Red
2011 Purple Hands Pinot Noir Stoller Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
88 points
no notes. screw cap.
Red
2011 Roco Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Medium dark red color. Dark, tart, black cherry, heat on the palate.
Red
2011 Roco Pinot Noir Marsh Estate Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
90 points
Yamhill-Carlton. Vanilla, sweet nose, cherry, candied on the palate, nice acid, cherry.
Red
2011 Roco Pinot Noir Clawson Creek Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
88 points
no notes. 88+pts.
Red
2009 Roco Pinot Noir Private Stash No.7 USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
90 points
Wit's End. Vanilla, ripe, sweet, plum, cherry pie, licorice, slightly stewed fruit on the palate. Complex and deeper, also shows some heat.
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Flight 34 - Ponzi (3 notes)

Red
2011 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Tavola USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Dark red color. earthy palate, deep and dark, heat, simple, ripe, oak, and more oak. ok
Red
2011 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
Dark red color. Tart fruit, earthy, stemmy, green, tart, tannins. may (?) improve with age.
Red
2009 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Hot, spice, warm, This was undrinkable as it was. Dumped. If I have to score it, <80pts. Is this another overly ripe, over the top 2009?

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

Red
2010 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Estate Flat Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
92 points
Brought a bottle with us to the coast and this was consistent with the previous note and quick delicious.
White
2011 Trisaetum Riesling Dry Riesling Ribbon Ridge USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
91 points
Had this bottle with dinner at Newman's 988 in Cannon Beach. Wonderful meal and a really nice bottle, tropical, peach, melon, mango, crisp and well balanced.
Rosé
2012 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Œil de Perdrix Temperance Hill USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Consistent with previous bottles, darn fresh and vibrant. Even was good on a chilly evening on the Oregon Coast!
Red
2010 Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvée USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Had this bottle at the Wayfarer in Cannon Beach. Pretty nice selection on the wine list. This was drinking well, no formal notes.