Earlier this summer, while it was hot, we shot a show with four Rose wines. Chas picked up three, and William Marie Wines was kind enough contribute a sample. The season has passed us, but these would still be enjoyable to have on hand if you find a bottle. We taste the 2016 Analemma Columbia Gorge Rose, the 2017 Miraval Provence Rose, the 2017 McKinlay Willamette Valley Rose, and the 2017 William Marie Columbia Valley Rose.

 

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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.

We’ve heard a lot of hype about the Analemma Blanc de Noir sparkling wine, so we decided to give it a real blind test. We put it on the table with three hand picked Champagnes from Matt’s collection. We get full on blindfolds, and Joy is kind enough to help us with the pours. In the line-up, we added the Vouette & Sorbee Fidele, the Laherte Freres Les Beaudiers Rose de Saignee, and the Eric Rodez Blanc de Noirs. We had a lot of fun with this one, and hope you enjoy it too! What is your favorite non-traditional Champagne?

 

Shoutouts from the show:

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We picked out a range of Northwest Pinot Gris for the show this week.Swick Wines offered us a sample of his 2014 Les Sous-Bois Pinot Gris, and it reminded us that we haven’t done a Pinot Gris show in quite some time. Dan picked up the 2013 Arbor Brook Croft Vineyard Pinot Gris after enjoying it on Memorial Day Weekend, and Chas brought the 2014 Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Gris.

 

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Chas picked out three bottles of Pinot Noir from 2012, and our friend Matt joined us for the tasting. When he said they could be from anywhere, he got us thinking about world wide producers, but in truth, all three are pretty close to home. This show features the 2012 J. Christopher Lumiere Pinot Noir, the 2012 Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Analemma Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir.

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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.

 

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

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. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWyoyTXzz7E   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!

Dan picked out a couple of bottles of Pinot Noir based rose wine for this week’s show. Both had been good in the past, and both showed brilliantly when tasted this time. Both come from unique vineyards and represent some really original wine growing and wine making. Wines like this are a big reason that Oregon is such an exciting place to explore. They also show that Pinot Noir can deliver great things in unconventional wines as well as traditional ones. We taste the 2011 Teutonic Wine Company Brut Rose from the Wahlstrom Vineyard, and the 2011 Analemma Columbia Gorge Rose.

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Dan wanted to share a couple of Pinot Gris bottles he discovered out by Hood River in the Columbia Gorge, and one that had been sitting around for a year or so. Unfortunately, one was corked, so we only got to deliver two real reviews, Mt Hood Winery’s 2008 Pinot Gris, and Sokol Blosser’s 2007 Pinot Gris.

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How long is an ideal episode for you? How many bottles should we taste?