Evesham Wood has a great reputation for making great wine as well as being one of the Willamette Valley’s long standing values. It’s the producer that turned Chas on to Pinot Noir, and we like to check in on some of their wines every year. The 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from them just came out, and Chas brought that bottle. A couple of weeks ago, we went tasting at Johan Vineyards. They are a newer producer, but one we’ve liked from the beginning. At the tasting room, we really enjoyed their 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, and wanted to see how it would do on the show. At ~$20 and ~$30 respectively these are great entry level wines in two different styles.

We’re both big fans of wines from Paetra and Brooks and were excited to do this show. Both put a lot of effort into not only delivering high quality Riesling in the glass, but also careful farming and dedication to expressing place. Both make multiple types of Riesling, looking to express different character in each one. We’re always interested in what they do, and are happy to talk about some of them today. From Brooks we taste the 2014 Muska Riesling and the 2014 Orchards Fold Riesling. From Paetra, we taste the 2015 Eola Amity Hills Riesling.

Jay McDonald has been making Oregon Pinot Noir for decades, with his first vintage coming out in 1996. We’ve had a number of quality of wines from him over the years, and are pleased to finally get a couple of them on the show. Dan went to buy the 2012 EIEIO Cuvee I for this purpose, and Michael Alberty was kind enough to throw in the 2002 to make this show happen. As a thanks to him, we’d like to give away two month long subscriptions to Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages, so you can read Michael’s first article with them. Watch the show to see how to win!

While setting up episode 320 with Ewald, he told us that he is also representing Indian wine from Grover Zampa. Since we had only had a couple of Indian wines before, in episode 273, we were interested in trying these. Grover Zampa has put a lot of work into putting Indian wine on the international stage, and it was great to see what they are making.

Local importer and expert Ewald Moseler joins us to discuss some more German wines. The first three are from his portfolio, and come from Fürst Löwenstein who makes wine from both the Rheingau and Franken regions. The fourth wine was purchased in the 2014 Bernkasteler Ring Auction in Trier! From Fürst Löwenstein we taste the 2014 Cuvee Blanc, the 2014 Silvaner Trocken, and the 2013 Hallgarten Schönhell Riesling Kabinett Feinherb. We end with the auction release of the 2013 Kees-Kieren Erdener Treppchen Spätlese **.

This week we check into a couple of new wines on the scene. Dan tasted these over Memorial Day weekend, and we’re finally getting to talk about these wines. We have the 2014 Hazelfern Cellars Pinot Noir, and the 2014 St Reginald Parish Cancilla Vineyard Pilgrimage Pinot Noir. Do you have a collection from your teenage years?

This week we’ve got a trio of wines in mid-range prices that all come from producers we check in on regularly. We have the 2014 Big Table Farm Pelos Sandberg Pinot Noir, the 2014 Grochau Cellars Lia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the 2014 Omero Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Do you think that mirrored SLR’s are dead?

Chas picked out a three pack of strong Oregon Chardonnay for this week’s show, with wines from two established producers, and one debut. While not cheap, in the $40-$50 range, they all provide value and a good demonstration of what’s going on with Oregon Chardonnay today. We taste the 2014 Morgen Long Yamhill Vineyards Chardonnay, the 2014 Crowley Four Winds Chardonnay, and the 2014 Elk Cove Goodrich Chardonnay. What’s the story with Yamhill’s lack of tasting rooms?

We’ve known Corey for a few years, and are happy to finally share a show with him and his Jackalope wines. He took a leap into the wine industry, and has worked his way into a good reputation for his Cabernet Franc and other wines. We taste the 2015 Voyager Viognier, the 2014 Pinot Noir, the 2015 Carbonic Cabernet Franc, and we re-visit the 2014 Quady North Vineyard Cabernet Franc. Get in touch with him at Corey@JackalopeWineCellars.com

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We received some interesting samples from some folks in the area that enjoy our show. Big thanks to Joe, Ed, and Jackson for your interest! It’s always exciting to us to try new current wines from around here. We’ve got the 2014 Swick Wines Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir, the 2014 Granville Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the 2014 William Marie Wines Syrah. What is your favorite non-InBev American style lager?