While making his Black Cap Pinot Noir in 2010, Jason Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards made a musical experiment in the cellar. Two lots of wine were split out from the main batch, with one receiving music from Hildegard von Bingen (Wiki, Music), and the other from John Coltrane (Wiki, Music). All other aspects of wine making were the same for all three batches. Does it make a difference? We had to find out.


What is the craziest wine making experiment you’ve ever heard of?

This show features Dan’s selections of two wines from different vintages. At a recent visit to Brooks near Amity, Dan ended up talking with winemaker Chris Williams about his personal label, Terue. We’re both fans of his current 2011 Dry Muscat. He said that he made a Pinot Noir in 2010 with fruit from the York Hill Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge, and has been aging it until he felt it was ready. He thinks that it’s doing pretty well now, and offered us a sample bottle to taste. For the second wine, Dan picked up a bottle of 2012 Timothy Malone Pinot Noir after it made a good impression in a tasting. The wines are very different, letting Pinot Noir show off a little of its complexity.



What vintages from the recent past would you like to see us taste in future episodes?

This week we continue our exploration of current release Oregon Chardonnay with three more bottles. We taste the 2012 versions of the Arthur Chardonnay from Domaine Drouhin Oregon, the Freedom Hill Chardonnay from St. Innocent, and the Willamette Valley Chardonnay from Crowley.


Where would you like to go tasting with us?

Chas picked up 4 bottles of Chardonnay this week, and asked me to bring one. We didn’t want to do all 5 on a single show, so we’ve split them into two. For this episode, we taste the 2012 Ayoub Dundee Hills Chardonnay, and the 2012 Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Chardonnay.



What is your wine of choice during the summer?



We return to DePonte Cellars for our yearly visit with Isabelle Dutartre. She’s got a lot of experience with Pinot Noir, both in her native Burgundy, and in Oregon, and her wines are always among our favorites. She makes a few different barrel selection wines from the Dundee Hills estate fruit, and one wine from the new Lonesome Rock Vineyard just outside of Yamhill Carlton. We taste the 2011 Lonesome Rock Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Estate Pinot Noir, Baldwin Family Reserve Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Shirley’s Gran Reserva Pinot Noir.  

Stuart Pigott has spent lots of time exploring the world of Riesling, and has just released his book, Best White Wine On Earth: The Riesling Story. He maintains a Riesling focused blog, and came to Portland to participate in the 2014 Riesling Invasion. He was kind enough to taste a few wines with us, and to discuss some ideas about pairings, and Oregon wine culture. We taste the 2013 Trisaetum Ribbon Ridge Estate Riesling, the 2011 Viento Dry Riesling from Old Vines, and the 2012 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Riesling.   What is the best Oregon Riesling not mentioned in Stuart’s book? He’s offered a bottle of Riesling from his personal cellar to the best answer!

Chas picked up a couple of bottles from Storyteller Wine Company last week, and they came in handy when we decided to do a show on fairly short notice. We weren’t sure that we’d get one together this week, but everything worked out. These two wines are current releases, and very nice examples of what sparkling wines without dosage can taste like. We taste the 2011 Kramer Brut Zero Dosage, and the Syncline Scintillation.   What are some of your favorite sparkling wines from the West Coast of the United States?

After tasting the 2012 Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve in episode 218, the Bergstroms reached out to us, and were kind enough to send us some samples. We’ve had limited experience with their single vineyard Pinot Noirs, so this was a great chance to learn about what Josh does with these different sites. We picked our favorite four to taste for this week’s show. They are the 2011 Bergstrom Vineyard, the 2012 Gregory Ranch, the 2012 Shea Vineyard, and the 2012 Temperance Hill.


What was the last time you had a high end wine that delivered?

Andreas Resch is a fifth generation wine maker in Germany’s Saar Valley. His wines are imported into the United States by the Teutonic Wine Company, and they were kind enough to introduce us to him when he visited. He focuses on making light and clear wines that show depth without being too heavy. He’s a member of Slow Food, and farms with the intent of keeping the land healthy for future generations. We tasted all four of his wines that are currently available in the United States, and had a great conversation. We taste the Anna Lioba Sparkling Rosé, the 2012 Wiltinger Klosterberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken, the 2012 Wiltinger Schlangengraben Riesling Kabinett Newton, and the 2012 Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese.



Matt makes his wine under the Love and Squalor label, and has always focused on Pinot Noir and Riesling. He’s put a lot of care into his Riesling since the beginning, and it shows. We enjoy his wines, and we’re happy to have the opportunity to taste with him on an episode. He talks a bit about the past couple of vintages, and his wine making history as well as the wines at hand. Together we taste the 2012 Willamette Valley Riesling, the 2011 Antsy Pants Riesling, the 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Antsy Pants Pinot Noir.


What was the last live concert that The Clash performed? When was it? What was it? What were the circumstances?