Our friend Vic generously offered to share small vertical from his cellar on the show, and we were happy to take him up on it. He brought the 2005, 2006, and 2007 bottles of Lange Winery’s Freedom Hill Pinot Noir. This is always a high quality bottling from a respected winery and vineyard. These three vintages always make for an excellent vertical due to the significant weather differences. We’re also excited to share some thoughts from another local collector who’s had many more years of experience with Oregon Pinot Noir.
Why haven’t you tasted these wines yet?
March 25, 2013
We found out about Youngberg Hill last year, and were happy to have a chance to taste with Wayne Bailey this past week. Wayne is the wine grower and maker at Youngberg Hill. With vineyards near the top of the hill, Youngberg Hill has vines growing in a few different soil types allowing them to show off the versatility of Pinot Noir. For this show, we taste the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Youngberg Hill Jordan Block Pinot Noir. This is the highest section of their vineyard, and the differences in these three vintages are quite evident.
When you’re shopping, and don’t know the labels, why do you choose the wine that you choose?
December 24, 2012
We’ve done Sauternes for previous Christmas episodes, and we thought that it was a good idea for this year too. It’s a bit of a tradition at this point, and it will likely continue through future years. This year we taste the 2007 Chateau Roumieu-Lacoste Cuvee Andre Sauternes, the 2009 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes, and the 2007 Castelnau de Suduiraut Sauternes.
What do you want for Christmas?
We’ve been a fan of Matello Wines for years after discovering Marcus at the tasting room in Adea. Since then, his operation has grown, and he’s moved into a new space in McMinnville. We’ve been trying to get a show together for over a year so it was very exciting when all of our schedules lined up on a Friday night. We were offered five wines, and we were unable to select bottles to drop, so we ended up doing a long show. We think that Marcus provides some excellent commentary on his wine making philosophy, and the individual wines as well. Matello is a great part of the Oregon wine community, and we’re excited to share this conversation and some insight into how his wines age. In part 1 we taste the 2010 Matello Clover (Pinot Gris), and the 2007 and 2010 vintages of the Matello Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir. In part 2 we taste the 2008 Matello Souris Pinot Noir to discover that it’s improved a lot, and that we drank it way too early when we tried it about 2 years ago. We end with the 2009 Matello Fool’s Journey (Syrah) from the Deux Vert Vineyard.
Will Ben Roethlisberger be back for the playoffs?
Our friends Kevin and Rick spent ten years living in California’s Central Coast wine country. Since we don’t have a lot of experience with California wine, and since we focus heavily on wines from the Northwest, they offered to open some favorites from their cellar for a show. They’ve always shared good wine at other events, so we were both excited to give it a try. The results far exceeded our expectations, and set new standards for our palates in regard to Pinot Noir and Syrah from California. They were so good, that we even became self conscious of our enthusiasm. But, sip after sip confirmed that these wines hit our palates very well. We tasted the 2007 Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir from Talley Vineyards, the 2008 The Hedge Syrah from Terry Hoage Vineyards, the 2009 Parea from Transcendence, and the 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Chateau Margene.
Did you know about Central Coast wine before this show?
January 8, 2012
Over the past few months, we’ve picked up some interesting wines from three states in the Midwest. While the region isn’t known for producing a lot of wine, there are some old wineries there, as well as steady growth. We check out the Wollersheim Winery White Riesling, the 2009 Saint Croix Vineyards La Crescent, and the 2007 Baxter’s Vineyards and Winery Norton Private Label.
What did you drink for your New Year’s celebration?
June 26, 2011
Dan has regularly made jokes about Bordeaux being too expensive and too rough to reliably enjoy, so when the folks at Balzac Communications and Planet Bordeaux offered to send us some samples, Chas so this as a perfect opportunity to make a point. We picked our three favorites for a show, and we both agreed that these three deliver good value and buck the trend of Bordeaux as expensive, heavy, and overly tannic. We’re also happy to be able to share some sub $20 recommendations with you. In this show, we taste the 2006 Chateau Marechaux Bordeaux Superieur, the 2004 Chateau Lescalle Bordeaux Superieur, and the 2007 Chateau Au Grand Paris Bordeaux Superieur.
What wine regions are you biased against, and why?
June 20, 2011
Chas and I visited a couple of wineries over Memorial Day weekend, and we wanted to share some of our personal favorites with our viewers. It was a great weekend out, with every winery putting their best foot forward, pouring great wines, and being very welcoming and hospitable. These were all wines that we purchased for ourselves, and we encourage you to check them out if you get a chance. For the show, we taste the 2009 Scott Paul Meursault, the 2009 Biggio Hamina Zenith Pinot Noir, and the 2007 Cana’s Feast Sangiovese.
What were you drinking over Memorial Day Weekend?
May 12, 2011
Our friend Liz directed us to some of the cheapest wine in town at Grocery Outlet. In addition to their normal clearance level prices they were offering an additional 20% off on all wine for a special sale! We were able to put together a Pinot Noir show for under $15. Since we had 3 bottles from 3 different regions we tried to do them blind to see if we could figure out where they came from. All we did was make ourselves look silly but it was still a fun show. We tasted the 2009 Floodplain Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir the 2008 Sacred Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir and the 2007 Poverty Road Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
What price point would you like to see us focus on?
April 10, 2011
Andrew Minor from Basel Cellars joins us for episode 82. We’ve enjoyed talking wine with him at tasting events in Portland, and we think that Basel Cellars consistently delivers solid wine, so we were excited to dive into some current releases and discuss what the winery is up to. For this show we taste the 2007 Basel Cellars Claret, the 2008 Basel Cellars Malbec, the 2007 Basel Cellars Merriment, and the 2007 Basel Cellars Pheasant Run Vineyard Syrah.
What is your favorite restaraunt in Portland?