Tag: Willamette Valley

Topel Winery Orsa Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020, Russian River Valley, California

Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of limes, grapefruits, earth, river rocks, raspberries, minerals and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with light strawberries, cranberries, limes, grapefruits, green apples, earth and bitter herbs.

Tangy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice and refreshing Rosé from Russian River Valley. Tangy and spicy.

Earthier than I expected, and feels like a Rosé from Southern France.

Easy drinking and good for the pool. Good by itself and better with food.

12.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$22.

Campbell Lane Winery Pinot Gris 2015 Willamette Valley, Oregon



Pale lemon in color.

Light nose of citrus, green apples, lemons, light white flowers, minerals and light petrol that faded away after 20 minutes of air time.

Medium in body with medium acidity. Refreshing when properly chilled.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, lemons, limes, spices, light earth, minerals and white pepper.

Long tangy finish that I really loved.

This 6 year old Pinot Gris from Oregon is delicious. Nicely balanced with a touch of RS.

Easy drinking and tasty. Good by itself as a sipping wine, and seems to age very nicely with nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Loved the complexity on this 6 year old. Spicy, tasty and interesting.

I had a few vintages of this Pinot Gris, and it does get better the older it gets, yet still very fresh and inviting.

So delicious right now, and feels like it’s peaking, but it will be nice to revisit it in a couple years to see how it evolves.

I had it all by itself by the pool.

92 points.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

$24.

Bellingar Estates Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Reserve 2017, Oregon



Light purplish in color with light intensity.

Lovely nose of violets, blueberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, spices, herbs and black pepper.

Medium bodied and soft, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, herbs, light vegetables, earth and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Pinot Noir from Oregon. Nicely balanced with mild complexity. Reminds me of a Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.

Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Soft and elegant.

A good porch wine. Good right out of the bottle and better with some airtime (45 minutes). Spicy and interesting.

Good by itself or with food. I gave it a light chill and paired it with light appetizers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

Campbell Lane Winery Willamette Valley Estate Grown Pinot Gris 2018, Oregon



Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Nose of citrus, limes, green apples, white pepper and light earth.

Medium bodied with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, light grapefruits, green apples, white pepper and lemons.

Long finish with lemons and spices.

This is a very tasty Pinot Gris from Oregon. Nicely balanced with mild complexity. Not bitter nor tart. Love it.

This 3 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will be even better in a year or two.

Lemony and refreshing, and good by itself or with food.

Paired nicely with hardwood smoked Ahi Tuna and a gorgeous view by the lake.

12.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$22.


Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo Toscana IGT 2018, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, black plums, black currants, stewed cherries, vanilla, oak, light vegetables, coffee, licorice, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, plums, black currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, licorice, tobacco, earth, herbs, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty and tangy Sangiovese based red from Tuscany. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy, powerful and tangy.

Still young and would be better in 3 to 5 years. A good quality wine with good potential. Would continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Needs time to open up. I gave it 90 minutes, but I don’t think it was enough. Still a little hot, which will dissipate with time.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and olives. Will pair nicely with pizza.

A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Campbell Lane Winery Pinot Gris 2019, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

On the nose citrus, vegetables, herbs, green apples, earth, minerals, and grapefruit juice.

Medium bodied with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing with long legs.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, lemons, bitter herbs, earth and vegetables.

Tangy finish with limes and almonds.

This young Pinot Gris from Oregon is easy drinking and tangy, with a soft mouthfeel. Surprisingly good out of a can.

Earthier on the nose than on the palate. As it opens up, grapefruit notes show up on the nose, and nicer with some airtime, so be patient.

I had an older vintage of this wine, and it definitely is better with some age. I wonder how it would age in a can, though. For now, it is lemony and refreshing. A nice sipper by the pool.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with fresh seafood like oysters.

Aged in neutral French Oak barrels and stainless steel for 11 months.

13.3% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$8.

Campbell Lane Winery StoneRidge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, Oregon

Light burgundy in color with medium intensity. Pretty color.

Fruity nose with cherries, strawberries, blueberries, light oak, spices, licorice and milk chocolates.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices, light herbs, chocolates and black pepper.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice and fruit forward Pinot Noir from Oregon. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Still young, as it was bottled only a few months ago. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 to 5 years, and see how it evolves in the bottle.

This Single Vineyard is tasty, engaging and easy drinking. Good right out of the bottle, and better after 20 minutes of airtime.

A good everyday wine to sip on by the porch. I gave it a light chill and had by the pool, with cheeses and crackers.

100% Pinot Noir grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 10 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.

Alexana Winery Revana Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 Willamette Valley, Oregon

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

On the nose strawberries, bing cherries, raspberries, light wood, earth, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, oak, sweet strawberries, light vanilla, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Pinot Noir from Oregon is starting to drink nicely now. Showing mild complexity and a soft mouth feel.

Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. Good by itself and better with food.

This Single Vineyard is still young, and would age nicely in the next 7 years. Would be nice to revisit it in 2 to 5 years. Showing great potential.

I paired it with Italian Prosciutto and goat cheese.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$55.