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Red
2010 J. K. Carriere Pinot Noir Vespidae Willamette Valley
Last bottle of our original case! Like the last one, bretty at pop, however this time the bandaid-ish flavors blew off fairly quickly, leaving a red fruit opener in front of an earthy core and a longish finish on acidity. Great lean shape, keeping with the original spirit of the wine and 2010 in Oregon... this was fun taking a case like this through 8 years.
  • oropeza commented:

    1/1/21, 5:56 PM - 2010 and especially 2011 here in Oregon were the last two milder years before the warmer 2012-2018. The 10s to me tend to be delicate, lower alcohol wines and I really like that. High hopes for 2019, reading good things so far.

Red
2013 Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
At pop: Black fruit up front moving into a brambly, earthy core with very big mouthfeel from cottony tannin and a shot of acidity, finishing very long on both. Day 2 (along with an hour in the glass): Red fruit joins the party, along with better integration of flavors, cedar, coffee and herbs on the core. Yum. Definitely recommend a decant on this one to open it up.
  • oropeza commented:

    11/30/20, 6:25 PM - @srh you caught me halfway through my review :) Initial notes were made after popping & pouring, notes added for day 2 along with a little more time in a glass... based on what I found I'd probably open this and decant at least 3-6 hours before drinking. Cheers.

Red
2013 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
11/9/2020 - drmarclevine Likes this wine:
94 points
Absolutely delicious. Spicy black plum, anise, menthol, and oregano all in evidence on the nose. In the mouth it was a harmonious blend of spicy black fruit, licorice, and warmed green herbs. Assertive acidity balanced by generous sun-dappled fruit with plenty of crunchy limestone-laden soil. Racy, deep, and focused. Ready now but will hold for 3-5 more years easily. Perfect with rare lamb chops with a cornmeal, mustard, and rosemary crust.
  • oropeza commented:

    11/11/20, 6:36 PM - Great review. Had a bottle 2 weeks ago and couldn't agree more... this is really, really killer right now.

Red
2014 Scott Paul Cellars Pinot Noir La Paulée Willamette Valley
3/27/2020 - Coupe 60 Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP and am amazed at the quality of this. Well balanced on the feminine side . Vibrant red fruit, delicious. This might be one of the best QPRs I have had in some time. If this comes back on wine Library wine text, I am sending it in...
  • oropeza commented:

    9/27/20, 8:57 AM - Right? All of the Scott Paul's from Kelley Fox's time there punch well above their weight in our experience. Recommend checking out the wines she's making on her own label now.

White
2018 Cameron Chardonnay Dundee Hills
8/13/2020 - Djfermentation Likes this wine:
93 points
My wife poured this blind for some friends and I last night at Trellis in Dundee and it was great! Definitely shows a bit more old world than domestic and was terrific with the roast chicken and risotto. Drank it alongside a couple other Willamette Chardonnays and it was as appreciable as any. Probably need to buy a bunch more.
  • oropeza commented:

    8/15/20, 12:20 PM - Glad to hear Trellis is open again, great spot!

Red
2017 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
3/14/2020 - GraffCellar Likes this wine:
95 points
Love this wine.
So sorry I had to finish it out of a Starbucks cup running through SeaTac Airport!
  • oropeza commented:

    7/29/20, 6:23 PM - HA! Yes... been there, done that :)

Red
2013 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
3/21/2020 - rrchavez wrote:
86 points
I don’t actually know how I feel about this bottle. We drank blind with Pinots from other regions (Burgundy, Russian River, Carneros) and it was rather flat. It did show color age ( brown). Perhaps it was past its prime?
  • oropeza commented:

    3/26/20, 6:02 PM - I feel this way about quite a few '13s. It was a strange year here in Oregon weather-wise... beautiful summer, but we had the remnants of a typhoon come through mid-September and it really messed with harvest and consequently the wines. I've mostly been avoiding this year for collecting. 12s and 14s, OTOH...

White
2016 Cameron Chardonnay Dundee Hills
8/31/2019 - sleepyhaus wrote:
This bottle was advanced, and overall I'm far from convinced by Cameron chards. Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of Cameron pinot noir. Buy a lot every year. But I've had poor results with the chardonnays. The regular WV bottling has shown extremely cidery to me. This DH bottle has been all over the place, showing quite round and lacking zip even at its best, and now with a bottle that was definitely flawed/advanced. Doesn't appear to be a closure issue, but who knows. I hear so many good things about WV chardonnay, and as a fan of the pinots I want to like the same producers' chards, but for unless someone changes my mind soon I'll just keep buying Chablis and some white burg to meet my chardonnay needs.
  • oropeza commented:

    9/1/19, 7:55 AM - A few OR producers whose chards we feel are better than their pinot noir: Walter Scott, Crowley, Morgen Long (only doing chards AFAIK). Recently served a WV Crowley chard next to Lafon's Bourgogne and the former was preferred by all. Not sure if you can get any of those where you're at of course... might take some digging.

Red
2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine California
3/30/2019 - D'Yquembe Mutumbo wrote:
87 points
Big, fleshy New World fruit bomb. Not at all my style and the least favorite wine of the night by the dinner party. Hopefully future bottles mellow and balance a bit, otherwise these are going to be given away as gifts to wine noobs!
  • oropeza commented:

    7/16/19, 8:24 PM - Ok now that is an excellent screen name.

Rosé
2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
Red and melon fruit (strawberry and watermelon) up front moving quickly into a chalky, saline, vegetal core... a cliantro kind of soapiness?... good lift on the finish. Opened next to the Bedrock Ode To Lulu and most of us preferred the Californian (I was the lone dissenter, then again I love cilantro and chalky, saline wines)
  • oropeza commented:

    7/16/19, 8:10 PM - I have not, sorry. Good luck with the cellaring, I've never had the patience to try aging rose but it sounds fun.

Red
2017 Cameron Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge
4/23/2019 - oropeza wrote:
Floral and black fruit up front, moves quickly into an earthy and slightly funky core before running smack into bigtime acidity on the backend. Fits perfectly into the framework we've been using to reason about the recent Oregon vintages: 2015 heat, 2016 tannin, 2017 acidity.
  • oropeza commented:

    4/24/19, 7:15 PM - Our strategy as well with the Cameron Ribbon Ridge Pinot and the Dundee Hills Chard... buy a case, do a tester, try to keep our hands off the rest for a few years :)

White
2017 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie La Pépie Melon de Bourgogne
4/6/2019 - bevetroppo Likes this wine:
89 points
Pale straw color with gold highlights. Beguiling nose of crushed oyster shells, sea breeze and ripe honeydew melon. Creamy lees-driven texture with sweet melon and teasing tropical flavors, salinity, and a tight, dry acid-driven finish.

I stopped eating oysters and raw shellfish (for now) following an extraordinarily violent case of shellfish poisoning a few months ago that I wouldn't wish on anyone. But a glass of this makes me pine for them. Muscadet is one of the wine world's true underdogs and deserves more love.
  • oropeza commented:

    4/13/19, 1:11 PM - Great review. So sorry about the sickness... I had a similar ordeal after eating some foraged chanterelles a few years ago and am still somewhat put off by mushrooms in general. (Can confirm that this wine does indeed go wonderfully with oysters)

White
2014 Division Winemaking Company Chardonnay "Trois" COOPER MOUNTAIN Chehalem Mountains
Wine was off-balance and a bit iffy (little oak integration) out of the bottle but really came alive on Day 2. Good to excellent depth. White flowers and lemon curd with a saline quality. 12.1% alcohol. Moderate to lengthy finish. Surprising complexity. Fermentation in barrel, 16 months aging (50% new and 50% neutral Burgundy barrels). Definitely one to have a sip the night before and return to the fridge to enjoy the next day(s). Drank it all up on Day 2 but could see this developing further on Day 3. Very enjoyable. Good/Excellent. Paired well with goat cheese.
  • oropeza commented:

    12/30/17, 3:30 PM - We're working through a case of this and have found the same thing... really moody at pop, a little better in an hour, fantastic 4-5 hours later or the next day.

Red
2012 Château Sainte Anne Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
6/5/2016 - saturnaisland wrote:
89 points
A good wine although even after being open for a day I think too young. It has good fruit, tannins and structure with some Mediterranean spice. A bit austere at this point and perhaps missing the intensity of flavour I have experienced in other vintages of wine from this area. Hope to try it again in a few years.
  • oropeza commented:

    3/11/17, 3:19 PM - Same thoughts here

Red
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
I have nothing to add to the hundreds of notes below; just thinking, in a Repo Man world with wines sporting black-Helvetica-on-white generic labels, this would be a terrific candidate to represent "Old World Red."
  • oropeza commented:

    9/24/16, 9:02 PM - Let's go get sushi. And not pay.

Red
2011 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard Dundee Hills
10/26/2015 - Buckwheet wrote:
75 points
Bought at Santa Fe wine shop on recommendation of manager. Had high expectations but was badly disappointed. Fruit was present on first taste but faded immediately. Acidic and somewhat flavorless on mid-palate and finish. Wasn't corked just terribly mediocre. Hopefully, this was a "bad" bottle. Otherwise, I cannot figure out how others rated this wine so high. My wife and I could not get past first glass. Tried the next day without noticeable improvement so I poured it out. Total waste of $35.
  • oropeza commented:

    12/13/15, 6:18 PM - Try a '12... it's amazing how different 11 and 12 were here in Oregon, in 11 we pretty much had no summer and the wines are super small & still quite shy. 2012 on the other hand was a gorgeous, Californian summer and the wines are big, bright and ready to pop & pour.

Red
2013 Alfredo Maestro Viña Almate Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Tempranillo
11/6/2015 - oropeza wrote:
88 points
Tight at pop, with some raisin on the nose. Eventually built towards a complex mouth with pepper, black fruit and baking spices. Long and chewy.
  • oropeza commented:

    11/16/15, 7:48 PM - About $20 in Portland, OR

White
2010 Ken Wright Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge
9/21/2013 - oropeza wrote:
87 points
Lemon and lemongrass. Much better balance though when paired with roasted chicken, stuffing and beets. Missing minerality. Not good value at $30, can get much better Macon Chard at price, but enjoyable and it is fairly unique in terms of being WA Chard.
  • oropeza commented:

    6/4/15, 9:45 PM - You're right that Ken Wright's facility is in Oregon, but Celilo Vineyard is actually just across the Colombia River in Washington. http://www.washingtonwine.org/vineyards/celilo-vineyard/

Red
2012 Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina
2/8/2015 - oropeza wrote:
79 points
Muddy red fruit, which I enjoy... but, sadly a brett bomb.
  • oropeza commented:

    3/16/15, 6:01 PM - might have been. I love italian wines that have dirt, earth, horse sweat and horse ____ and all sorts of anything else we might call funk, but sadly even a little brettanomyces and that wet bandaidy taste can kill an otherwise delicious wine for me.

Red
2010 Angela Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton
4/9/2014 - Matt T Likes this wine:
90 points
Very new world with some nice character. Is it me, or I do detect a bit of yam?
  • oropeza commented:

    4/14/14, 7:55 PM - I get that... there's a little residual sugar in there that I tend to label as 'graham cracker' in OP, fun to think of it as yam which fits with the rich (slightly starchy) mouthfeel... nice :)

Red
2009 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
8/16/2013 - oropeza Likes this wine:
94 points
Raspberry, strawberry. Earthiness. Extremely balanced. One of the better CdPs I've had. Very very nice and drinkable right now.
  • oropeza commented:

    8/17/13, 11:46 AM - It was really beautiful, easily the star of the tasting. Rare for a CdP to be that 'together' at such a young age in my experience. Cheers!

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