We’ve enjoyed wines from Big Table Farm over the past few years, and were very excited to receive samples of their 2018 Spring releases. The quality of their wines across the board is really impressive now, and their bottles are still among the most beautiful in the business. It’s a pleasure to taste and talk about these. In this show we taste the 2017 Laughing Pig Rose, and the 2016 Willamette Valley Chardonnay, the 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2016 Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Pinot Noir.

For this show we picked some Chardonnay that we’ve heard good things about. Dan had tasted the 2014 Twill Willamette Valley Chardonnay at an event, and the 2014 Twill Johan Vineyards Chardonnay and the 2015 Granville Willamette Valley Chardonnay came as recommendations from friends. It’s great to see this kind of quality coming out of new producers, and we’re happy to share these wines.

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.

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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.

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?