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Aug
25

Is Chardonnay the Most Diverse Grape in the World?

To set this post, I have purposefully asked a complex question with a complex answer. Despite its seemingly simple base form, Chardonnay does not reveal itself with simple explanations. Chardonnay

Grivot is one of my favourite producers of Vosne. Their Vosne village is always outstanding, but this single vineyard from 2011 (a challenging vintage) was full of game, ripe red fruit and intangible greatness. The Pratt vineyard from Littorai is epic. Pratt is perhaps the most aromatic vineyard in the Sonoma Coast (or close to it) and Ted Lemon's version, with its refined tannic structure and tremendous lift, is serious and beautiful with a touch of bottle age.

Jul
28

Some New World Wines Showing Favourably Alongside Burgundy

Wine competition is more intense now than any time in the history of the commercial wine industry. This has pushed quality in every region higher and faster – even a

Cristom

Jul
10

A Few Thoughts On the Oregon Wine Trail

What is intellectual pleasure in wine? For a professional, is there pressure to intellectualize wine? For a consumer, is there inertia to sensualize wine? The present mantra is to democratize

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Nov
6

The Eyrie Vineyards “Original Vines” Pinot Noir 2014

The foundational Eyrie Vineyards first planted vines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1965, against the advice of professors at UC Davis. It was the vineyard instrumental in convincing Drouhin to

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May
22

Cameron Abbey Ridge Pinot Noir 2006

Oregon Pinot presents me with challenges. While the structural qualities of these wines pleases and bodes well for future development, the often sappy fruit turns me off. The wines do

soter

Apr
1

Soter ‘Mineral Springs’ Brut Rosé n/v

An expat from Napa, Soter makes some of the most elegant wines in the Willamette Valley. In particular, his Mineral Springs vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, consistently produces some

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Mar
19

Antica Terra Aurata Chardonnay 2011

The 2011 Aurata is the last vintage before Maggie Harrison changed the source of fruit for this wine to the Shea Vineyard, which she felt provided fruit closer to her

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Oct
31

Bergstrom Sigrid Chardonnay 2012

Oregon Chardonnay has truly started to come into its own. In some cases, the best examples of Chardonnay are even more exciting than many of the Pinot Noirs coming out

Rahn

Jul
8

James Rahn Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley Gamay 2014

Oregon is one of the few new world regions where focus on a single variety makes oenological and viticultural sense. Oregon Pinot Noir, unlike New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Australian Shiraz,

Feb
1

Antica Terra Botanica Pinot Noir 2012

The bedrock and boulders of Antica Terra are as odd as the vines, which unlike most old-vines are skinny and fragile, and the seedless berries they birth. The beautiful hand-drawn