This week brings us a pair of Pinot Noirs and a Riesling. We received some samples of Rain Dance Vineyards thanks to Trellis, and enjoyed the 2016 Nicholas Vineyard Rose of Pinot Noir and the 2016 Nicholas Vineyard Estate Riesling. Dan had also picked up a bottle of the 2015 Guillen Family Vineyards Esteban Pinot Noir.

While visiting Southern Oregon, Chas stopped by the Brandborg tasting room in Elkton. He enjoyed the stop, and noticed a table full of library wines. At only $20 a piece, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to pick up a five year vertical centered on 2007. That’s an average of 10 years old across the five wines! We’re thrilled to bring content like this, and hope you enjoy these wines from one of Oregon’s newest AVA’s.

Dan has known Tal Caspi for a number of years, and enjoyed his food at a carts and pop-ups. When he opened Aviv on SE Division, he reached out and asked us to join him in the restaurant for a show to introduce some local wines that we like. We brought some current release that we’ve enjoyed recently, and want to thank Vincent and Olga for confirming their fining methods as we made our selections. Together, we taste the 2015 Vincent Tardives Chardonnay, the 2016 Teutonic Wine Company Recorded in Doubly, and the 2015 Teutonic Wine Company Bergspitze.

Jeff Vejr and John House are the winemakers for Golden Cluster and Ovum, respectively. These two wineries are on the cutting edge of Oregon wine, working with fascinating vineyards and grapes, and digging deep into our state’s wine history. They teamed up to open up Les Caves, on NE Alberta in Portland, providing a great space to taste their wines, as well as a great range of fascinating wine from around the world. The use a Coravin to let them do glass pours of older bottles which means they can serve unusually and older wines that way as well as by the bottle. For the show, we taste the 2016 Ovum Big Salt white blend, the 2015 Ovum Off The Grid Riesling, the 2015 Golden Cluster Savagnin Rose, and the 2014 Golden Cluster Ode To Chuck Semillon.

Ken and Erica have been getting a lot of attention over the past few years for making world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at their Walter Scott winery in the Eola Amity Hills. We spent an evening tasting, talking, and having a great time. We split this long interview into a couple of shows, but we hope you enjoy the fact that we kept most of the content intact. Throughout, you can hear their excitement for the Oregon wine community as well as their individual vineyards and the families that farm them. In order, we taste the 2015 Freedom Hill Chardonnay, the 2015 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, the 2015 Sojourner Pinot Noir, and the 2015 Seven Springs Pinot Noir. How do you feel about Willamette Valley Chardonnay? To join the mailing list, send an email to info@walterscottwines.com.

As we finally get into summer here in Oregon, we’re happy to share a couple of Roses of Pinot Noir that Dan has enjoyed recently. We’re also happy to have gotten through our technical difficulties, and to be back online. This week, we taste the 2016 Rose from Domaine Douhin Oregon, and the 2016 Rose from Dion Vineyards.

Big Table Farm is run by Brian and Clare, who moved up here chasing a wine dream. Today, they’re living that dream, and making some of Oregon’s best wines on their farm in the Northern Willamette Valley. When they recently released some wines to their mailing list, Dan picked up the 2014 Wirtz Pinot Noir, and the 2015 Pelos Sandberg Pinot Noir.

After a trip to Piedmont, Dan was impressed with some high quality Barbera wines, and talked about how they get caught in the shadow of Nebbiolo and are under appreciated. Our friend David, is a big fan of Barolo, and for year’s we’ve talked about doing a show discussing Barbera wines of his choice. He picked two from highly respected Barolo producers, and it was great to check them out. We taste the 2012 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d’Alba Francia, and the 2012 Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d’Alba. Do you lean more towards traditional or modern Barolo producers?

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We’ve got some great samples on hand this week, and want to say thanks to Ed from William Marie and Dixie from Trellis for reaching out to us. We’ve got a 2015 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay from one of Oregon’s old vineyards, and an early adopter of the Dijon clones in Oregon. Ed from William Marie Wines sent us a bottle of his debut commercial release! This is a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Firethorn Vineyard in the Columbia Valley. It’s easy to say yes to samples like these, and we hope you enjoy hearing about them.

This week we have some hand imported bottles from Ireland. Lusca is a very small producer in Ireland that has a special system set up to allow these grapes to ripen, and to protect them from the large amount of rain they can get in that part of the world. We get to try the 2012 Cuvee Number 1, and the 2014 Cabernet/Merlot. What’s the weirdest wine region you’ve had wine from recently?