Willamette Valley May 2019

Tasted May 17, 2019 - May 18, 2019 by tak4 with 55 views

Introduction

Solo visit to Willamette between gigs! Two days in the valley plus a bonus tasting at Domaine Serene in Portland.

Flight 1 - Antica Terra (8 notes)

In their meticulously decorated tasting room, candles, mood music and all.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Lahaye Berthelot Champagne Brut France, Champagne
90 points
Good way to start the tasting with a legitimately interesting Champagne. Turbid, with slight oxidation on nose and palate. But some nutty notes. Nice!
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Rosé
2017 Antica Terra Angelicall USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
89 points
Pinot Noir rose. Very dark. Blackberry spice under some reductive notes. Very pinot driven. Spicy and smoky on palate. Not really one of those "crushable" roses - but that is fine given it is $100.
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White
2014 Bodegas Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Sorte O Soro Spain, Galicia, Valdeorras
90 points
This was one of those wines I rate charitably but ultimately don't really "get." Gadeoy grape. Reduced on nose. Acid forward, mineral driven, with grapefruit and citrus notes.
White
2016 Antica Terra Chardonnay Aequorin USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Slightly smoky, golden raisin notes on nose. Very neutral, in what I'm now calling the "Ceritas" style. Moderately acidic. Not my bag.
White
2017 Domaine du Nozay Sancerre France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
91 points
Incredibly, this was the star of the show of the Antica Terra tasting. Richer than a typical Sauvignon Blanc on the nose. Good acid, lovely structure. Beautifully executed rendition of an otherwise typical Sauvignon Blanc profile.
Red
2016 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Ceras USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Gorgeous color. Nose of roses, earth, and seashell. Palate to match. Lovely. Nicer than the last time I tasted it. Bit more bottle age? Setting (lovely tasting area, with candles)?
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Red
2014 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Antikythera USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
90 points
Have always wanted to love this wine but have never really bonded with it. Super intense nose - roses, menthol, earth, spice. Medium tannin and acidic structure. On palate, seemed a little closed. Is that a function of where it is age-wise? Still beautiful. Price performance less so.
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Red
2013 Lillian Winery Syrah USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
90 points
Had tried the luxury cuvee version of this wine previously and it had left me cold. Today I liked it better, but the setting had something to do with it. Deep intense purple color. Beefy, olive, and pepper nose. Pepper and spice on the palate. Really nice!
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Flight 2 - Patricia Green Cellars (10 notes)

Brand new and beautiful tasting room.

White
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Sauvignon Blanc USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Not crazy about SB but I could drink this on a sunny afternoon and feel just fine. High acid, neutral style, nicely balanced.
Red
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Medici USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
89 points
We have a few bottles of this (I think) and based on this tasting I think they could benefit from a little age. Earth, roses, strawberry, cherries on nose. Medium-strong bumpy acid on palate with a bit of a mineral undertone.
Red
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Coury Clone Hyland Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Let's hop on a plane to France. Deep cherry / candy on nose with a touch of funky reduction. I get red apple peel. Deep fruit character, maybe a touch of pseudosweetness. Could age very nicely. Very Burgundian.
Red
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Notorious USA, Oregon, Yamhill County
92 points
Hope I'm not fooling myself but I liked their priciest wine the best. Beautiful, complex nose, with some vanilla, baking spices, roses, cherries. Gorgeous balance on palate with medium tannins. Built to last.
Red
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Wadensvil Block Estate Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
90 points
Think I liked this wine better than the last time I had it, about two weeks ago. Notes consistent with prior but a bit more heat/pepper today. More black fruit on nose.
Red
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir The Anklebreaker Block Olenik Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
91 points
Norma's favorite from last time. Memorable name, to be sure. Not that concentrated looking, but super aromatic and fruit forward. Baking spices, allspice. Medium tannins but built to last. Nice wine!
Red
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Bishop Block Durant Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
First of two magic single block selections - what PGC does best. Just classic cherry raspberry nose, earth, baking spice. Beautiful on palate.
Red
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Block 1B Balcombe Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
92 points
The legend! (well, one of them). Beautiful concentration - rich classic Oregon character. Roses, earth, baking spice, cherry. Great balance on palate, not overly acidic. Drinkable now but put a few away.
Red
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Fat Cat Cuvee USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Closest thing to crushable here. Fun and approachable, with cherries and spice. Pop and pour and get after it.
White
2017 Patricia Green Cellars Chardonnay Durant Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
89 points
Norma obsessed about this wine but I don't see it. Not super aromatic but pretty citrus notes on nose. Bright, elegant on palate, but not worthy of obsession.

Flight 3 - Beaux Freres Vineyard (6 notes)

Super tasting with bonus trip in the golf cart to see the vineyards and talk vine management technique, biodynamics, and Voldemort (phylloxera)

Red
2017 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
92 points
Pretty nice way to start! Tobacco, spice, cherries on the nose. Spice forward on the palate, esp. allsprice. Just beautiful. From Ken Wright grapes.
Red
2017 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Jessie James USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
92 points
Never heard of this one before but I liked it a lot. Bready, earthy character on nose, cherry forward. Bit of a bite midpalate with more aggressive tannins. Done with whole cluster, and built to improve over time.
Red
2017 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Sequitur USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
89 points
A blend of clones in this new-ish vineyard. I think the vineyard needs to mature a bit to really achieve complexity of flavor but a nice start! Less vibrant on the nose than the other wines but some nuance. Not exciting but well balanced.
Red
2017 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
90 points
Just classic. Typical aromaticity, with rich cherries and spice. On palate it's spice forward with a decent tannic structure. Drink it, age it - either will work well.
Red
2017 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Belles Soeurs Willamette Valley USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
93 points
Pow! This was great. Blend of three vineyards including Sequitur. Cherries, earth, touch of yellow fruit including banana, and tobacco.
Red
2017 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Palissage USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
93 points
Different vine management technique on the same vines as Beaux Freres vineyard. Does it make a difference? It took a head-to-head for me to realize it, but the answer is "yes."

More aromatic and fruit-forward than its brother. Lovely, more approachable.

Flight 4 - Domaine Drouhin (5 notes)

At their open house, so was elbow to elbow with devotees, some wearing fragrance. Stuff still shone.

Rosé
2018 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Édition Rosé USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
88 points
Finally, a rose that I can crush and not think too hard about. Pretty pink color. Fun and citrusy on nose, but more round and rich on palate. Some refreshing austerity in finish.
White
2016 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
92 points
Starting the tasting with a bang! Rich on nose with a touch of malolactic. Meursault profile - rich, with mineral and grapefruit
White
2017 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Édition Limitée USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
92 points
Nice and rich on nose. Touch of oak. Beautiful and expressive on palate with good acid structure.
Red
2015 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
93 points
Yeah, I know it's their "basic" wine but man this was good. Beautiful on nose. Rose, pepper, cherry, earth. On palate, tannins have started to soften, with smoke and mineral. Just lovely.
Red
2016 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Édition Limitée USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
Knockout on the nose. Rose, cherries, earth. On palate, a moderate attack. Needs time but beautiful already.

Flight 5 - Bergstrom (5 notes)

Unfamiliar with these guys so wanted to check it out. Nice to have some aged examples.

White
2016 Bergström Chardonnay Sigrid USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Restrained, touch of oak. Built to age. Spice, mineral - great
Red
2017 Bergström Pinot Noir Silice USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
89 points
The Syrah of Pinot. Fruit forward, nose of a hot weather wine, and a deep red color. Spice and rich fruit on palate. Great, but a little simple.
Red
2017 Bergström Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
90 points
Aromatic - earth cherry nose. Good acid structure with real tannins. Touch of smoky oak. Needs time.
Red
2012 Bergström Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
90 points
Nicely aged. Some plummy earthiness on nose. Fruit core. Oak underneath. Mellowed nicely, but would prefer raw material with a bit more fruit.
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Red
2012 Bergström Pinot Noir Homage USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Pretty cool to be able to taste some aged Oregon PN. This bottle had been open for a couple of hours so was good to go! Still some primary fruit on nose, but touched with the same aged notes as the 2012 Shea. Still acid forward but a beautiful touch of light lavender on mid palate. Great stuff.
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Flight 6 - Adelsheim (5 notes)

Little bonus drive-by on the way back to Portland.

Rosé
2018 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Rosé USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Typical pinot noir rose. Acid, fruit, fun.
White
2016 Adelsheim Chardonnay Ribbon Springs USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
89 points
Very Chablis-like on nose. Mineral and grapefruit forward. Some rounder malo flavor on palate. Nice, but not very complex.
Red
2014 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Calkins Lane Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
90 points
More mineral on nose, with cherry notes. Good acid, softer tannins.
Red
2015 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Boulder Bluff USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
89 points
Volcanic soil. More fruit forward, and brighter, with strawberry notes. Nicely balanced. Maybe a little bit of bumpy acidity.
Red
2015 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Ribbon Springs USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
88 points
From Ribbon Ridge. More spice forward on nose, with acidic finish. Lacks a little complexity. Just didn't leave an impact

Flight 7 - Domaine Serene (Tasting Room in Portland) (3 notes)

Stopped by for a glass and got talked into a full flight. Didn't want to like this stuff but I sure did.

Red
2015 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Fleur de Lis Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Powerful, aromatic. Fruit and baking spices. Little rough acidity but generally really nice
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Red
2016 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Abbey Oaks USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
92 points
Crap, I really like a Domaine Serene wine! Spice and rose forward. Beautiful black tea notes on the palate. Not super concentrated but just lovely.
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Red
2016 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Côte Sud Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Black tea and roses on the nose. Quite aromatic. Lovely acid structure on palate with black tea and a touch of pseudosweet. Softer tannin than expected
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Closing

Great trip! Everyone was incredibly nice and helpful. Tempted to go back for a little more...

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