For this show, we wanted to check in on some Oregon Pinot Noir that we’ve been holding on to for a few years. Some of these wines have been on the show before, but they, like us, have aged. We try the 2010 DePonte Cellars Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, the 2012 J Christopher Sarah Adele Pinot Noir, and the 2011 Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.

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.

300: Pinot Party

April 6, 2016

We’re pretty happy to be sharing this post with you. Episode 300 is a big milestone, and we’ve had a lot of fun getting here. To celebrate, Dan pulled some personal treasures from his cellar. We hope to keep bringing you great interviews and introductions to many more great wines in the future! We taste the 2005 DePonte Cellars Shirley’s Gran Reserva, the 2010 Domaine Drouhin Louise, and the 1994 Cristom Marjorie.

While visiting Elk Cove recently, Chas was really impressed with their 2011 La Boheme Brut Rose. He picked up a bottle for a show, and selected two more of his favorite Oregon sparkling Rose wines to join it. These are the 2014 Johan Vineyards Petillant Naturel Pinot Noir, and the Kramer Vineyards 2014 Celebrate Rose of Pinot Noir.  What is the best sparkling rose you’ve had from an unexpected region?

A while back, our friends David and Heidi invited us to do a vertical of Domaine Drouhin Laurene with them, to capture a snapshot of how these wines evolve, and see how the vintages taste alongside each other. We were thrilled to have the opportunity, and enjoyed the entire line-up. Domaine Drouhin Oregon has a history of producing great wines here, and this barrel selection is always worth checking out. This will be the first with the “A View From The Cellar” title, which we want to use for shows looking at older vintages, or interesting personal collections. Does Veronique agree with our tasting notes?

 

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We wanted to do some fancier bottles for a show to celebrate hitting 200. It took us a few episodes to get around to it, but here they are. We’ve tasted both of them previously, and knew that they’d give us something to talk about on camera. Both producers are well respected locally, and it’s fun to see what they put into these bottles. We taste the 2011 Pinot Noir Ceras from Antica Terra, and the 2010 Pinot Noir Laurene from Domaine Drouhin Oregon.

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Did you run any races this year? Which ones?

We stick with Oregon for this episode, and we get into some 2009 Chardonnay from producers we respect, and from bottles we’ve had good experiences with in previous vintages. We taste the 2009 Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay, the 2009 Johan Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay, and the 2009 Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Chardonnay.
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What’s your take on white wine from 2009?

Our friend Beau from Beau’s Barrel Room was up visiting and considering the possibility of becoming a local! We met up, and each of us picked a current release Pinot Noir to taste for the show. We tasted the 2006 Flying Dutchman Winery Stonewolf Vineyard Pinot Noir, the 2009 Evesham Wood La Grive Bleue Pinot Noir, and the 2009 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Click to check out Beau’s Barrel Room !

 

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When you drink wine, do you spend a lot of time considering the details, or do you just enjoy the experience?

We stayed local this week, and tasted 3 higher end Chardonnay bottles from the area. We tried to keep things a little more concise as well. For the show, we reviewed the 2007 Cameron Abbey Ridge, the 2007 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur, and the 2008 St. Innocent Freedom Hill.

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What was the worst -non flawed- bottle you’ve ever tasted? By “flawed” we mean corked or other flavor failures not related to the original crafting of the wine.

We were having a good time drinking some good wine the other night, and decided to do a show to share our thoughts with you guys. Grant Shaffer joins us as our second guest! It could’ve been an OR (2003 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Louise, 1997 Ken Wright Guadalupe )vs. Burgundy (2002 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus , 1999 Philippe Roty Marsannay Quartiers ) showdown, but the wines are so different that a comparison like that would sell them all short. No, they’re not cheap, and they’re not terribly available, but they’re totally interesting, and we hope you enjoy the show.

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Do you like the new Ken Wright bottle art, or the old bottle art best?