Location: Eugene, OR
Award-winning Wine Writer. Publisher/Creative Content Producer of TheRealWineJulia.com. Snooth Contributor & Pro Wine Judge. Charmed by the Willamette Valley's earthy, elegant Pinot Noirs with a true zeal for Oregon Chardonnay, Riesling & Sparkling Wine.
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Feb 9, 2013 at 7:13pm
Added Feb 9, 2013 at 7:13pmThe nose was all about the blackberries, plums and spice. On the palate, super soft tannins were rounded out by a nice, solid acidic backbone. Medium to full bodied, this wine was filled with jammy, fruity, dark berry flavors that were enhanced by black licorice and pie spice. This is seriously an awesome wine with layers of flavors and great depth of character.
Feb 9, 2013 at 7:09pm
Added Feb 9, 2013 at 7:08pmSuper dark and inky red color in the glass with a glowing halo of bright ruby red. Vibrant aromas of plums and raspberries were highlighted by leather and vanilla. In the mouth, round supple tannins and bright acidity with a gorgeous velvet-like texture all played a role in creating this sultry, soulful, dark fruit wine. I absolutely loved it.
Jan 7, 2013 at 11:55pm
Added Jan 7, 2013 at 11:53pmThe not-yet-released 2010 Pinot Noir (as of 01/07/2013) was the last in our vertical of wines from the Jordan Block. In 2010, owner Wayne Bailey started to take the holistic approach to farming. Interestingly enough, the notes found in the 2010 Jordan Block Pinot Noir were quite different from the other vintages we tried. Currants, black pepper, bacon and tobacco stood out in both aromas and flavors. Surprisingly soft, supple, tannins and lower acidity – yet still solid acidity – were the highlights of this vintage. Everyone agreed that this was a superior Pinot Noir with striking characteristics and a seamless, elegant mouthfeel.
Jan 7, 2013 at 11:51pm
Added Jan 7, 2013 at 11:49pmStarting in 2009, the Youngberg Hill labels were changed to reflect their progress in practicing holistic farming, and the closures went from cork to screw caps. After conducting some research, owner Wayne Bailey learned that screw caps leave the lowest carbon footprint, while offering longer ageability of wine and obviously depleting any risk of cork taint. Although several people in our group described the ’09 as “angular” and “uncomfortable in its own skin,” I disagreed. I thought the 2009 Jordan Block Pinot Noir did display a higher and bolder tannin structure than the ’06, ’07 and ’08, but I loved the bright red fruit aromas and flavors of cranberry and rhubarb. Much like the others, the ’09 definitely had a solid acidic backbone, but the finish offered a certain minerality that I didn’t detect in the others. Overall, I think it’s a great wine, and a great wine to drink now through the next couple years.
Jan 7, 2013 at 11:49pm
Added Jan 7, 2013 at 11:42pmBursting concentrated black fruit aromas and flavors, harmonious balance and impressive acidity. I loved the full-bodied blackberry, black cherry and currant aromas and flavors along with the fresh, undiffused acidity – two words in my notes that I wrote in all caps: Vibrant, alive. The mouthfeel was luxurious and silky smooth, and the raisin and pie spice finish was lengthy and ambrosial – an outstanding wine.
Jan 7, 2013 at 11:36pm
Added Jan 7, 2013 at 11:31pmIn the Willamette Valley, 2007 was a year that many farmers heavily complained about the weather during harvest, which was immediately translated to consumers that it was a bad vintage; in truth, it was quite good. Much like a Burgundian, in terms of earthiness, balance and lower alcohol, the 2007 Jordan Block Pinot Noir had beautiful smoky, earthy aromas with hints of cherries and berries. On the palate, earth dominated the berry flavors, but the finish was all about the coffee and spice. Robust tannins and a solid acidic backbone add structure and character. Of the five wines in the vertical, this was one of my favorites.
Jan 7, 2013 at 11:29pm
Added Jan 7, 2013 at 11:27pmRobust in color, aroma and flavor – largely offering earthy qualities with some vibrant red fruit, this wine has great complexity and bold tannins ending with a long, intense finish with reinforced acidity. Although the earthy flavors were more pronounced than the fruit, the nice acidity added to its depth of character, creating a solid wine. The word savory was mentioned by someone during the tasting, which really captured the major characteristics of this wine with a single word.
Jan 7, 2013 at 11:24pm
Argyle Brut Rosé 2009Compare and Buy
Average Price: $49.99
Added Jan 1, 2013 at 6:12pmAfter having two totally different, but each delicious is its own way, Rosé sparkling wines in one sitting along with other sparklers, I've come to the conclusion that I absolutely love Rosé sparkling wines. The Argyle is a beautiful salmon color in the glass, it's really very eye catching. Aromas of strawberries definitely dominate - sweet and fruity. On the palate, raspberry, cranberry and strawberries are enhanced by lemon and fresh baked bread. The mouthfeel is gorgeous and elegant - this is delicious.
Jan 4, 2013 at 12:42pm
Added Jan 1, 2013 at 11:28amA small amount of Meriwether reserve Pinot Noir was added to this Methode Champenoise sparkling wine to give it a beautiful light salmon-pinkish color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries, raspberries, vanilla, caramel, and fresh baked bread are rounded out by a zesty acidic backbone. Elegant, yet complex, this is my favorite Oregon sparkling wine. Fermented in small lots in French Oak barrels, and spent a minimum of 6 years on the yeast - this sparkling wine is gorgeous and elegant in the glass and on the palate.
Jan 1, 2013 at 6:12pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $27.50
Added Jan 1, 2013 at 5:17pmBack when I owned my win bar, I carried winemaker Ray Walsh's Capitello Brut in my shop. Thankfully, before putting my shop up for sale, I brought home several bottles of this delicious Methode Champenoise sparkling wine - saving a few for special occasions, ie: New Year's Eve. Coincidentally, three of the four sparkling wines we popped the cork on last night to ring in the new year have a tie to local winemaker Ray Walsh: He was the white winemaker at King Estate for many years, making them famous for Pinot Gris, before he began producing wine under his own label, Capitello. He not only currently makes wine under his own label, but he is also the winemaker for Domaine Meriwether. Ray is sort of the superstar winemaker of the south Willamette Valley. Anyway, the Capitello Brut has millions of amazing tiny bubbles that leap around the palate. This vibrant, lively sparkling wine has aromas and flavors of pears and apples with a nice long, palate pleasing finish.