Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pacific Northwest Wines!

Some great Pacific Northwest picks just in this week. Great stuff from Oregon and Washington. Try some!

2009 Bethel Heights Pinot Gris $15.99 Oregon
Initial deep minerality gives way to aromas of tangerine, lime blossom, and lemon zest. The palate is defined by a firm core of acidity that runs through the wine, giving it structure and fantastic length. Flavors of apricot, white peach, and asian pear develop in the glass. Refreshing stuff.

2008 Sineann Pinot Noir Pheasant Valley $24.99 Oregon
Bright and refreshing with more of a red fruit character. Red berries and cherries seem initially lighter, then gain some heft towards the finish. Bits of graham and baking spice add complexity to the finish. Just around a bend of the Hood River from Able Vineyard sits another vineyard in what may be one of the best sites in the Hood River Valley - Pheasant Valley Valley Vineyard. Hagee farms it organically.

2007 Penner-Ash Syrah $27.99 Oregon
Dark black rich fruit flavors with hints of peppery spice. Dense ripe blackberry and plum on the palate, concentrated fruit riding on a core of smokey wood. A juicy mouthful of Syrah-goodness. Well-crafted and impressive.

2007 Sineann Merlot Hillside $29.99 Washington
Dark and concentrated. Crop sizes are kept small, 2.1 tons per acre, and it pays. These wines are dark, aromatic with chocolate overtones and complex, silky tannins. The older versions have aged beautifully. Merlot can make great wine and we aim to prove it.

2008 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $36.99 Oregon
(91 Points: Wine Spectator) Firm in texture, but lively, offering a cherry glow to the flavor profile against crisp tannins. Finishes with impressive persistence. Best from 2012 through 2016. 4,500 cases made.

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