March 17, 2013
While he was at the store, Chas noticed some bottles of 2011 Rosé on the shelves. The 2012’s will be appearing soon, so he thought it would be interesting to check in on them, to see what they’re like after being out for about a year. We taste the 2011 Grochau Cellars Willamete Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir, the 2011 Board Track Racer The Vincent, and the 2011 Witness Tree Remari Rosato.
What is the oldest good Rosé you’ve ever had?
January 7, 2013
Dan tasted one Riesling over Thanksgiving weekend that he wanted to share, and Chas picked up two more bottles from 2011 to make the show. We hope to be doing more of these in 2013. We’ve got two bottles from Oregon and one from Washington this week with the 2011 Eroica from Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen, the 2011 Love and Squalor Willamette Valley Riesling, and the 2011 Trisaetum Estates Reserve Riesling.
What summer activity are you looking forward to most?
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?
Dan picked up two bottles of Pinot Noir for this show. We’ve both enjoyed wine from both producers, and Dan really enjoyed the 2009 vintage of this wine from Walter Scott. The 2010 Haden Fig Willamette Valley Pinot Noir No. 52 is made by Erin Nuccio, who also produces Evesham Wood. The 2010 Walter Scott Dumb Ox Pinot Noir is made by Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon, who have been Portland wine professionals for years and started their own winery in 2008.
What’s your favorite type of white Burgundy?
When Dan returned from vacation last year, we posted episode 100. Since then, we’ve released a new video every week without missing one! We hadn’t planned on that, but we also thought it was worth celebrating. Chas picked out a couple of highly regarded Oregon Pinot Noirs for the show. We taste the 2010 Arterberry Maresh Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Patricia Green Cellars Notorious Pinot Noir.
Have you read any good wine books lately?
October 1, 2012
We wanted to check out some more Oregon Chardonnay and brought three bottles on to the show this week. We picked up the 2009 Patton Valley Vineyard Willamette Valley Chardonnay and the 2010 St. Innocent Freedom Hill Chardonnay recently, and we’ve had the 2010 Crowley Four Winds Chardonnay for a couple of months and wanted to try that on the show as well. All three turned out to be solid wines, and it keeps us excited about trying more Chardonnay.
How much RAM do you have in your main computer?
September 11, 2012
We realized that it’s been a while since we had some local Chardonnay on the show, so we decided to check in on a couple of cheaper bottles. We picked up the 2010 Apolloni Estate Chardonnay and the 2010 Lange Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Both are pretty crisp and enjoyable.
What magazines have you been reading lately?
We continue tasting Oregon Pinot Noir with two wines from 2010. The Division Winemaking Company is new, and we taste their “Un” Pinot Noir. Lemelson’s first release was in 2001, and we try their Thea’s Selection Pinot Noir.
Are you playing Planetside 2? Are you currently excited about any video game?
DePonte Cellars and Elk Cove Vineyards are among our earliest favorites from Oregon. We’ve enjoyed these 2010 bottles at tastings, and we wanted to share them on the show. We taste the 2010 Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and the 2010 DePonte Cellars Lonesome Rock Ranch Pinot Noir. 2010 continues to impress, and we look forward to enjoying more wines from this vintage.
Do you like the 2010 vintage? If you do, what are some of your favorites?
July 28, 2012
We went tasting in the Willamette Valley after recording episode 140 and found a couple of wines from Brooks that we wanted to share with you. Both of them are drinking very well right now, and they’re perfect summer wines. As a correction, both wines are listed on their website at $22, which is a little higher than what Dan says in the video. We taste the 2011 Brooks Pinot Noir Rose and the 2011 Brooks Bois Joli Riesling.
Do you like making aesthetic modifications to your car?