Nusserhof

Jul
15

Nusserhof “B” Erzeugerabfullung Vino Bianco 2012

Ava Gene’s has one of the best wine lists in Portland. This is the only explanation for me finding the extremely rare Nusserhof white “B” on the wine list (but

Rhys

Jul
11

Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 2009

Rhys belongs with a select group of producers at the summit of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production in California such as Hanzell, Failla, Littorai, and Mount Eden. They achieved this

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,

Tissot

Jun
27

Benedicte & Stephan Tissot Poulsard Vielles Vignes 2011

Poor blood. Love but can’t afford great Cote d’Or? The Jura is the place for you. As indicated in Jancis Robinson’s recent article, the Jura offers wines of incredible interest

Vosne

Jun
27

Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot Vosne Romanee 2012

Rich blood. Wines like this are a rare privilege for the average wine geek. Sad as it is for village level Burgundy to be priced for special occasions, the quality

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Jun
21

Chambolle and the Utmost: The Wines of Ghislaine Barthod

The stereotype for Chambolle is perfume and elegance. Some are of the view that the notion of village style is more a lodestar for producer style than terroir. For example,

Godello

Jun
20

Dominio de Tares Godello Bierzo 2013

Godello is one of Spain’s great white grapes. The best can take on the weight and length of high quality Chardonnay but with their own unique minerality. The grape is

pacalet

Jun
14

Philippe Pacalet Meursault Premier Cru “Charmes” 2009

Meursault, known for power and opulence, is more appropriately understood as diverse. The rich style may be dominant, but it is not an inevitability. Proof is a naturalist producer known

Courbis

Jun
10

Domaine Courbis St. Joseph Rouge 2012

Most Northern Rhone wines flow in and out of markets with little fanfare. It’s the curse of one of the world’s greatest wine regions that most consumers simply do not

Forbes

Jun
8

Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Only deep experience allows a winemaker to pick by taste alone. Mac Forbes is, like Maggie Harrison of Oregon’s Antica Terra, of this ilk. The point, says Forbes, is not