Oregon @ Portland

Portland, London

Tasted March 10, 2016 by SimonG with 395 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

White - Sparkling
2004 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
94 points
Nicely smoky nose, very DP. Poised, focused, classic but very approachable. A nicely floral lift to the nose. Oh so drinkable. ****1/2

Flight 2 (2 notes)

White
2012 Bergström Chardonnay Sigrid USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Palest straw. Very stale and sweaty socks initially, but this blows off to reveal a nicely oatmeal lay nose. Nicely dense and deep. Dense and minerally on the attack, very classy. Dense but not heavy though there is a slight sense of its 14.1% abv on the finish as it warms up. Mineral line and length. Lovely. ****
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White
2012 Antica Terra Chardonnay Aurata USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Mid straw. A touch of tropical fruit, mainly pineapple, and a whiff of something herbal and minty. Really quite complex on the Jose. Fuller and richer on the palate. A touch of heft — feels heavier than the 13.2% abv quoted. Decent, very decent even, but made to look a little clumsy alongside the Bergstrom. ***

Flight 3 (3 notes)

Red
2013 Phelps Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, Oregon/Washington, Columbia Gorge
84 points
Pale ruby. 13.4% abv. A touch of configure in the red currant spectrum. Fresh, but a little loose knit. Light fruit, good acidity.something doesn't quite meld here. Fresh and zesty nose but an overly sweet and almost cola flavoured mid-palate. Disjointed. **
Red
2013 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
93 points
Pale ruby. A little fuller than the Phelps. A slightly sour-feeling red currant leaf nose. Fresh, crunchy light red fruit. Persistent and nicely focused. A touch of raspberry in with the redcurrant. Fresh. Complex nose. Lovely. Even, against my better judgement, a touch of rhubarb here. Elegant and interesting. ****
Red
2009 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
13.6%abv. Fuller ruby. A touch of configure to the more strawberry-fruited nose. Riper and fuller. Perfectly decent but a degree on anonymity/ubiquity. ***

Flight 4 (3 notes)

Clear familial character across the three Laurènes, with vintage variations showing.

Red
2004 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
87 points
14.5% abv. Dark ruby to dense garnet. Dense red fruit. Quite savoury with plenty of depth and grip. Just a sense of dryness on the finish that spoils it a little. ***
Red
2005 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Slightly darker than the 04 with a denser ruby hue. Denser, drier, slightly dustier fruit. Dark and savoury. Grippy and full on the mid-palate. Full and/but balanced. The best/most serious of the three. ****
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Red
2007 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Dense ruby but a little lighter than the 04. Dark r fruit. Nicely fresh. Lighter and brighter. Still long and engaging, though maybe lacking some complexity cf the others. Lovely though and shows well because of its relative lightness. ****
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Flight 5 (2 notes)

The Wright with the most ridiculous deep punt, heavy bottle and somewhat pretentious label. The wine however...

Red
2004 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
94 points
Dark red fruit. A little spritz and slightly cloudy too. Savoury sweet with a touch of something almost beetrooty. Complex. Lots here. An extra level of depth and complexity. Lovely texture. Very moreish. ****1/2
Red
2000 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Belles Soeurs Shea Vineyard USA, Oregon, Yamhill County
93 points
Soft, moderately dense red fruit on the nose. A touch cloudy. Smooth and harmonious with a bit of bite to keep things nicely in focus. A touch dry on the finish cf the Ken Wright, but more of a stylistic rather than qualitative difference. ****
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