Keith Levenberg

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  • 2011 Eyrie Vineyards Melon de Bourgogne

    Wow, real knockout stuff. This is not domestic Muscadet - there's not much in common besides the grape. It has the bright, pure fruit but it is put together in a much fuller style, more like a white Burgundy (minus the oak) than Muscadet. I don't say Chablis because while it's an intensely mineral wine and cranked up to 11 in that department, it's not a marine minerality. The mineral element here is volcanic (and so is the soil), bringing to mind all those cliches about aromas bursting from the glass and so forth, and it's every bit as driving on the palate. One of the top 2 or 3 wines we tasted on this trip.

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  • 2012 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris Original Vines

    Starts out a little spritzy so it needs a bit of time to calm itself down. Relatively heady aromas for pinot gris, hinting at red fruits at first, then more vividly melon as it sits in the glass - which adds some nice deeper tones to the paler flavors it shows on the palate.

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  • 2007 Nysa Vineyard Pinot Noir

    Remember when everyone was saying the 2007 Oregon vintage was thin and weedy? Well, this is a heavyweight both in terms of its footprint and the sheer density of the material, which fortunately isn't jammy at all but finessed it ain't. I don't know how it will evolve from here but it doesn't seem to be showing much evolution yet; I spent dinner waiting for the shell to crack and show what's underneath but it never really got there. Nysa Vineyard is high on the hills, adjacent to Domaine Drouhin. Other producers make it but this is the vineyard proprietor's own label, and apparently from the older plantings which would probably be about 25 years old by now. The sommelier says the owner is a good friend and a brain surgeon who selected the plant material in the vineyard by identifying the vines that made the best clusters each year and grafting their shoots onto other vines. At Recipe in Newberg, Oregon.

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  • mrfroopy says:

    6/1/2013 8:51:00 PM - Hey I am moving to DC area.. am big fan of your notes.. Are there any winebars and stores there that lean more towards "Natural" style wine makers.. for instance I am a Clos Saron and Donkey and Goat Guy when It comes to Cali.. and a Dressner/Jenny and Francois import drinker.. of course I also like great commercial wine.. I just cant seem to see anything like that there.

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