James Leigh Cellars Palette 2003

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bouquet of roses, brown sugar and spice greet the nose while layers of dark jammy fruits and well-balanced tannins follow in the mouth. This elegant wine finishes with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Shows well now or best to hold 5-8 yrs

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James Leigh Cellars:
Nowadays the emphasis is on what's new or flashy. we are decidedly old fashioned. Our ultimate goal is to capturethe essence of the land where the grapes are grown. Spofford Station is a millennium vineyard with hundreds of years of history behind it. For generations the land was used for wheat and pea rotations so the years have deposited rich wealth in fertility. This is our statement in tyin... Read more
Nowadays the emphasis is on what's new or flashy. we are decidedly old fashioned. Our ultimate goal is to capturethe essence of the land where the grapes are grown. Spofford Station is a millennium vineyard with hundreds of years of history behind it. For generations the land was used for wheat and pea rotations so the years have deposited rich wealth in fertility. This is our statement in tying the land to our region. Glimpses of the past can be found in the gently, rolling hills of Spofford Station. We are part of the diverse agriculture and history of the valley. This is the root of our quality and individuality. Spofford Station is located on an historic railroad line still in use. Spofford grain elevators store wheat. In the summer months, almost daily THE GRAIN TRAIN comes into the station. The train cars are loaded with soft, white wheat. The train takes the wheat to a container barge at the Wallula Junction and down the Columbia River through the system of dams. It goes out the Port of Portland and is off to Asia. Read less
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11/06/2008

Upon reading the sommelier's description of this wine I was eager to pick up on all the nuances described, including all the earthy, leathery notes so integral to my enjoyment of a red. Unfortunately, this vintage shows itself to be unexceptional, relying on what tastes like traditional oak standbys. Enjoyable, but priced a little too high for what should have been a more sublime flavor delivery vehicle.


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Source: AmericanWinery.com
12/11/2007

I think this would be a great camping wine. . . and I mean this in the nicest way possible. The nose is great - it smells just like smore's with cinnamon graham crackers. There is a hint of sweet red bark on the nose as well which makes me want to snuggle up in front of the fire before I dive in. On your palate it's not to dry or gripping, but sweet like dried cranberries up front rolling into a finish that is just a bit spicy. I love it when things come full circle Great wine, great price.


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Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/24/2009

bouquet of roses, brown sugar and spice greet the nose while layers of dark jammy fruits and well-balanced tannins follow in the mouth. This elegant wine finishes with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Shows well now or best to hold 5-8 yrs


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Source: AmericanWinery.com
12/07/2007

This is a fantastic table wine at a great value. The nose is a complex mix bag of blackberries, sharp cheddar, cinnamon and Hershey's milk chocolate. There are flavors of cherries and berries seasoned with nutmeg action. The finish is a candied pop, like a fruity Jolly Rancher candy. There's something for everybody in this Palette.



bouquet of roses, brown sugar and spice greet the nose while layers of dark jammy fruits and well-balanced tannins follow in the mouth. This elegant wine finishes with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Shows well now or best to hold 5-8 yrs

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