Friday Wine Tasting, January 27, 2017, 4-7 PM:
A to Z Pinot Gris 2014, Willamette Valley, OR
The A to Z Pinot Gris displays aromas of honeysuckle, lemon zest, nutmeg and wet stone developing into richer aromas of lychee, beeswax and melon that add complexity to the nose. The attack is juicy and pure with bright citrus fruit flavors and mineral notes. Taut structure and a tight wire balance between ripeness and acidity frame a seamless mid-palate and lead to a long finish that ultimately ends crisp and clean with flavors of wet stone and jasmine green tea.
100% Pinot Gris
Pairs well with shellfish, rich fish dishes and cheesy appetizers.
Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvée Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, OR
This utterly gorgeous pinot noir sports fruit from 8 different Willamette Valley vineyards: 7 of them are certified organic, the 8th is sustainably farmed. This is what Oregon pinot noir should be: Burgundian in style with elegant fruit which coyly teases the palate. None of that ‘in-your-face’ stuff like California all too often produces. Clear pomegranate shade in color, it presents aromas of kirsch, lavender and cinnamon. The palate follows with bright, tart bing cherry, cola, baking spices and earth.
100% Pinot Noir
Pairs well with charcuterie and goat cheese, pizza, crispy duck, and grilled salmon or portobello
Lone Birch Syrah 2013, Yakima Valley, WA
Truly hand-crafted wines which sell for less than $15 a bottle have all but disappeared from the American wine making scene, but the Lone Birch winery remains a happy exception. Their Syrah comes from 100% estate vineyards which are sustainably farmed. The property has been in the same family for four generations, so the consumer is not helping to pay off any mortgages. You get high-quality wine for budget prices. Blue and dark-red fruit aromas are back by spicy notes. The palate is lush with dark fruit and a solid peppery note we expect from Syrah. Nicely balanced acidity allows for a long, smooth finish.
96% Syrah, 4% Grenache
Pairs well grilled meats, pastas with red sauces, and barbeque.
Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Columbia Valley, WA
Intrinsic has quickly earned something of a cult following amongst the wine geek crowd. At under $20, it offers HUGE value to the consumer, often being compared much more expensive cabs like Justin and Clos du Val. The 2014 offering earned 92 points from both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, and also took the #32 spot on Wine Spectator’s Top-100 list for 2016. The 2015 will likely earn similar accolades. It has a refined nose with aromas of leather and cherries that are truthful to Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington. The flavors are layered with tones of blueberry jam, pomegranate and chocolate. The texture is rustic, yet silky, with a unique savory and inviting finish.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Pairs well with grilled meats such as lamb, beef, and pork and seared vegetables