Oregon Wine Country Tasting

Willamette Valley, OR
Tasted Saturday, September 12, 2009 by RPerro with 1,048 views

Flight 1 - Cana's Feast Winery (5 Notes)

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Wine Club pickup party, with winery chef-prepared food pairings.

  • 2006 Cana's Feast Winery Bricco 85 Points

    USA, Washington, Columbia Valley

    Paired with roasted eggplant salad with blackened tomato vinaigrette. Seems rather primal at this point, but was our first wine of the day. A blend of 89% Sangiovese, 7.5% Syrah and 3.5% Barbera, from Ciel du Cheval, Seven Hills, and Coyote Canyon vineyards. Very plummy, with a bit of earthiness also. Acidity was a bit too bright, and felt like it was burning my mouth. Tannins were smooth, and fruit was front and center.

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  • 2007 Cana's Feast Winery Barbera 88 Points

    USA, Washington, Columbia Valley

    Paired with roasted chicken thighs stuffed with proscuitto di parma, porcini mushrooms and grana padano. Spicy red fruit, nice acidic zing, and well-integrated tannins make for a nice-drinking wine. Fruit sourced from Ciel du Cheval and Coyote Canyon vineyards.

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  • 2006 Cana's Feast Winery Pinot Noir Reserve 90 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    Paired with chanterelle and morbier bread custard with speck. Very tasty and drinking well with some air. Cherry pie, tobacco and leather. Just a perfect Oregon Pinot. Fruit sourced from Elton Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.

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  • 2007 Cana's Feast Winery Sangiovese Grosso 89 Points

    USA, Washington, Columbia Valley

    Paired with Ribollita (a bean soup with olive oil and homemade croutons). This was just bottled, according to the winemaker. Lots of black cherry and strawberry flavors, with lots of acid and some drying tannins. Fruit is from the first certified VCR6 clone (used primarily in Brunello wines) planting in the US. Will be interesting to see how this develops with age. Still showing its infancy now.

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  • 2006 Cana's Feast Winery Bricco Two Rivers Reserve 92 Points

    USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain

    Paired with braised boneless beef short ribs with red wine and bitter chocolate. What a difference 6+ months makes! This wine is really starting to drink nicely. The overabundant oak I got from a prior tasting was much better integrated, and the sweet (mostly) red mountain fruit was singing. Nice blackberries, cassis and vanilla. Drinking well now, but use even another 6-12 months of bottle age.

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Flight 2 - Owen Roe Winery (12 Notes)

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Fall Release Party at AgriVino outside Carlton, OR.

  • 2008 O'Reilly's Pinot Gris 83 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    Very peachy fruit...bright acidity, but just not a wine I can get into. Maybe I'm just not a fan of Pinot Gris?

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  • 2008 O'Reilly's Chardonnay 86 Points

    USA, Oregon

    Nice pear fruit in this light straw-colored Chardonnay. Zing of acidity is nice. The wine is quite refreshing on this 85 degree day.

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  • 2008 Owen Roe Pinot Noir "The Kilmore" 88 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton

    I just LOVE the 2008 vintage Oregon Pinot noirs! I was (am) not a fan of the lighter, more burgundian 2007's. Just my tastes...I'm not a big fan of Burgundy either. This wine is everything 2007 wasn't. Big, fruity, dark, and mouthcoating. Lots of cherry fruit, and a wee bit of tannic bite. May need a year to settle down.

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  • 2008 Owen Roe Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 87 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills

    Much lighter than the other 2008's, and more like a Burgundy. Some spicy cherry fruit, with a nice layer of saddle leather.

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  • 2008 Owen Roe Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 89 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains

    A tiny 4-barrel lot (70 cases) of Pinot noir sourced from Anna's Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, comes this very dark, spicy wine. Very tasty, and maybe tied for my favorite Owen Roe Pinot at this tasting. Sweet cherry fruit, lots of spices and acidity.

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  • 2007 Owen Roe Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 85 Points

    USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley

    The California Pinot noir this year. Definitely not my favorite...higher acidity than is comfortable, with some cherry fruit wrapped around some lightly drying tannins.

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  • 2008 Owen Roe Pinot Noir Sharecropper's 89 Points

    USA, Oregon

    Probably my favorite Pinot at the tasting. It just seemed more evolved than the others. Strawberry fruit, a touch of leather and earth. Much deeper in flavor and color than the previous vintage.

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  • 2008 Owen Roe Abbot's Table 87 Points

    USA, Oregon/Washington

    This wine typically needs 6+ months in the bottle to start coming around (unless it is the 2007, which never really did). After a wonderful 2006 vintage (heavy on the Zinfandel) of this wine, I loaded up with 6 bottles of the Sangiovese-based 2007 (untasted) and got burned. And it still isn't anywhere near the delicious 2006. So when the Zin-heavy 2008 was released, I was quite happy! But, learning from my 2007 mistake, I only picked up 4 bottles this time. I'm kind of glad I did, because I wasn't too impressed with the wine. Admittedly, it is still quite young, but the wine seemed rather flat and unexciting. I was hoping for the deep fruit of the 2006, but it fell short. Some sweet blue and black fruit was present, but the finish was quite bitter. I'm hoping this wine comes around by 2010.

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  • 2008 Owen Roe Sinister Hand 90 Points

    USA, Washington, Columbia Valley

    I typically love the Sinister Hand Rhone blend (62% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 3% Mourvedre), and 2008 is no different. Showing it's youth, definitely, but going to be a great wine for sure. Black fruits, pepper, and nice mouthfeel. Can't wait to pick some up for a vertical...

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  • 2007 Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris 92 Points

    USA, Washington, Columbia Valley

    Probably my wine of the tasting. Everything just works with this wine. Blackberry, pepper, some blueberry, smoke, all wrapped up with nice tannins and acidity. Drinking well now.

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  • 2008 Owen Roe Syrah "Lady Rosa" 89 Points

    USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley

    Not sure where the time went...I hadn't even had a chance to pickup any of the 2007 and the 2008 is already here. How time flies...This wine is quite young, but shows much promise. Peppery blackberry and cassis, with bacon fat and smoked meat. Makes me wonder if there is some Viognier in this. I like it, but it needs a year or so to come together.

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  • 2007 Owen Roe Red Wine Yakima Valley 91 Points

    USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley

    24% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Franc, and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon from Yakima Valley. Very young and tight...lots of drying tannins and bright acidity. The fruit is there too, in the form of gobs of earthy blackberries, but this wine is needing time to come together. Very disjointed right now. Hopefully we will see some progress in 6-12 months. I personally would hold this one until 2011.

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Flight 3 - ArborBrook Vineyards (6 Notes)

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Random drop-in tasting at the winery.

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