- 2009 Livio Felluga Vertigo
- 2012 Brooks Ara Riesling Willamette Valley
- 2010 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc
- 2013 Domaine de Fontsainte “Gris de Gris” Rosé
- 2012 Carlisle Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel
- 2012 The Jeremy Wine Co. Barbara
- 2002 Salon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
- 2011 Varner Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block Chardonnay
Brooks Ara Riesling Willamette Valley 2012. I recently attended a stellar Brooks Riesling media tasting at an eclectic downtown Portland hang out called Sauvage. With the perfect backdrop of high ceilings, brick walls and wood floors, I was one lucky wine gal to be able to taste Brooks' Rieslings from vintages as far back as 2004 to some of the most current releases. Starting with their driest Rieslings and ending with their sweetest, it was a phenomenal treat for the senses; especially, for someone like me who absolutely loves Oregon Rieslings - even more so when the name Brooks appears on the label. The 2012 Brooks Ara Riesling is a 50/50 combination of their 2012 Yamhill Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton District) Riesling and their 2012 Brooks Estate Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. With each bringing distinctive and unique characteristics captured from the two different terroirs, a beautifully balanced Riesling is born. Elegantly intense floral aromatics take over the senses while seamless waves of white fruits, honeysuckle, pineapple and limes flow from the front of the palate to the back, where zesty acidity rounds out the fruits and sends a zingy zip of lime up the center of the palate on the lengthy, delicious finish.
Carlisle Kirschenmann Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel (SRP $34): This is a wine I had an opportunity to taste during a recent walk-through of Kirschenmann Vineyard in eastern Lodi. The vineyard’s Zinfandel plantings are head-trained, dry-farmed, self-rooted, and date back to 1915. Tegan Passalacqua, winemaker and vineyard-manager for Turley Wine Cellars, owns and farms this 19 acre vineyard. This Zinfandel flirts with elegance and finesses – it’s vibrant from start to finish, beautifully defined, and nicely nuanced, with a core of bright red fruit that’s balanced by an acid-driven structure that carries through to the textured, lingering finish. This wine is pleasing on its own but is also a flexible partner to a wide variety of foods. I recommend pairing a bottle with your next backyard barbecue! (Other info: Alcohol: 15.3%, approximately 93 cases produced, cork enclosure)
The Jeremy Wine Co. 2012 Barbara. A fun, easy drinking wine which is uber approachable, moments after being uncorked. Tantalizing dark and red fruits, plucky tannins, the acid to fruit balance keeps things interesting, This little gem from Lodi weighs in at mere 13.8% abv, it just delightful.
2011 Varner Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block Chardonnay. All hail the Santa Cruz Mountains! And California Chard, which I have much love for.