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NICE TO MEET YOU, JOSHUA GREENE

Nice To Meet You, Joshua Greene A True Auction Story A great part of the Willamette Barrel Auction is being able to taste a large number of really top wines, all in once place at one time. So on Saturday morning, I tasted through the 2015 vintage auction lots — more than 60 of them. As a group, the alcohols are a little elevated above normal, but it’s remarkably integrated alcohol and the wines don’t taste hot or alcoholic. I spoke with perhaps 25 winemakers that day on this precise topic, and it seems to be a subject of broad...

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GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS

GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS

The Most Burgundian of Them All I recently tasted wines blind with Goodfellow Family Cellars, one of my favorite Oregon producers, and concluded from the blind evaluation that his wines are very Burgundian – in fact, perhaps the most Burgundian in Oregon. But that begs the question:  What is Burgundian? The answer is not the same as it was 30 years ago, when I started drinking Burgundy. A few decades ago, pinot noir from the Burgundy region of France (officially Bourgogne) featured lower alcohol, firm tannins, and fairly often notes of barnyard and other odd smells. We came to associate these...

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SINEANN’S BRILLIANT PINOT NOIRS…AND OLD VINE ZIN TOO

Sineann’s Brilliant Pinot Noirs And Old Vine Zin, Too Sineann was one of Oregon’s first cult wineries, and their releases in the 2000s established winemaker and proprietor Peter Rosback as a bit of a wine phenom here. His wines became some of OregonPinotNoirDotCom’s best sellers, impossible to keep in stock. Demand skyrocketed from out-of-state markets. The French Laundry chose Sineann to make their house pinot noir, labeled “TFL.” The trademark Sineann style is ripe wines with big texture, sometimes in the past with plenty of alcohol, and dosed with liberal amounts of expensive French oak. But the wines of recent...

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Harvest Report 2016

Harvest is Over and the ferments are finished and the analysis of the vintage can begin. You can read an article below about the harvest as posted at the Oregon Wine Board website at http://www.oregonwine.org/news/in-the-news.aspx (reprinted below). They offer up a very positive review. I'm not so sure it was that uniform, or perfect, although it's clear there will be a lot of wine, and a lot of very good wine. Once again, a period of showers and cooler weather held influence over the grape harvest. After a record-setting warm summer where the "lows" were not as low as normal, we accumulated...

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NEBBIOLO: ITALY’S MOST NOBLE RED WINE

NEBBIOLO: ITALY’S MOST NOBLE RED WINE

OregonPinotNoirDotCom — The Nebbiolo Edition As I’ve written before, I’m a fan of Nebbiolo. Barolo and Barbaresco for sure, but also examples from all over Piedmont and even other areas of Italy. In my personal wine collection, I have at least as much Nebbiolo in various forms as I do Pinot Noir and Burgundy. I started buying the wines about fifteen years ago, and now I’m pleased to have some very drinkable, mature examples. Serious winos often draw comparisons between Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. They are both thin-skinned grapes that are prone to oxidation, and when aged, they can both...

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