Moderate, purple-garnet color. Expressions of earth, peat, and tea leaf show richness and complexity, while a fruit forward palate consisting of black cherry, strawberry and acid show finesseand youth. This rustic, spicy, cool-vintage Gamay is a wonderful complement to anything from grilled meats to wood-fired pizza or a meatier fish and pasta.
A classic red-fruited Pinot Noir with dark, earthy, savory elements, characteristically cracked pepper, tea leaf, cinnamon, charcoal, matchstick, spice and plum. The acidity of the vintage gives a structure to suspend wood and tannin elements playfully on the palate. Balance is excellent, length good and final impressions are red, delicate and complex. Silk nap grip on the palate and acidity guarantee a very long life.
The freshness found in 2011 Corral Creek Pinot Noir is one of the reasons we love Chehalem Mountains AVA so much. The first thing you notice is the lovely red garnet color, beautiful clarity, and a vibrant persistent tart red cherry aroma and flavor. Tannin appears subtlety, almost as a silk nap texture, and is joined to bright acid and sea-air minerality. The finish shows cherry cola, light roast coffee, raspberry, and red plum skin, and the oak is light, yet integrated and complex. Give this elegant beauty a few more years to truly open-up.
Stoller Pinot Noir really excels during cooler vintages – the earthiness and spice aren’t overwhelmed with ripe fruit, and you see a seamless integration in texture and delicate acid. This one in particular shows bright color and a palate that is light and still a bit tight, even 9 months after bottling; somewhat atypical characteristics for Stoller Vineyards. The nose has warm aromas of resin, dusty fruit, seasoned wood, brown spice, white pepper, and milk chocolate. Follow all that by soft tannins and a sour-cherry-accented lingering finish – Beautiful.
Although a cooler year, this Ridgecrest shows layers, ripeness and complexity usually found in warmer vintages. There is an essence of blackberry and spiced cassis through the color, aroma, and flavor, a lush palate, and utterly perfect textural balance. Adjoined to fruit and spice is a vibrancy and freshness that shows the 2011 vintage, but hints more at the longevity and ageability than youth. Overall, the complexity and layers rule this wine, showing (but not limited to) black tea, Italian plum, earth, resin, berry pie, cinnamon, minerality, pencil shavings, and huckleberry.
This Pinot is the epitome of concentration on Ribbon Ridge in a small-crop year. The color is dark garnet, and you’ll notice a bit of tar on the nose, combined with briar patch and high-toned dusty fresh black fruit. The palate and nose mingle with black pepper, violets, and toasted seaweed, and transition to tobacco box, warm blueberries, and moderate tannin by mouth. Overall, a very dark and thoughtful (rather than brooding) young wine. Will come out of its shell with coaxing and time.
The deep purple/garnet color on this cuvée shows the palpable intensity of the vintage that our Pinot Noirs showed across the board. A low-crop year for most of Ribbon Ridge gave depth and concentration, and ripe fruit all around makes this blend bigger, softer, and fuller than the last couple of years. There is earthiness, raw red-black fruit, and brightness on the nose that is racy and inviting. Flavors show cherry cola, dusty sweet red cherry, sea air, campfire, and a playful lingering finish. There is a lot of youth in this wine, needing some time to turn from a baby into an adult.
This Pinot is truly reserve status. It opens with soft, sensual, ripe red fruits, berry pie, sun-warmed strawberries and sweet red cherry. On the nose you encounter cinnamon gum and baking spice, shuffled with tea, dark chocolate and cigar box. The finish is still young and firm, but there is delicacy and ageable notes from lilac blossom and pine resin. A wonderful wine for years to come.
This wine is only made in very special vintages. The wine is dense, three-dimensional, well-structured in acid and tannin, spherically balanced and the epitome of Ribbon Ridge’s red-black Pinot Noir capabilities. Expect to be wowed today, but also expect a classic scenario of pulling this wine from cellar in 30 years and wondering how a wine could be this good.
The 2012 vintage made us exceptionally proud of our Chardonnay, saying for a second year running “no, no, this one really might be the best INOX we’ve ever made!” Brilliant white-gold clarity of color, freshness and fruit running the length of the wine, aromas accented with shortbread, vanilla nougat, orange blossom and white pepper. The palate is as complementary as the nose, showing juicy, lingering acid, Asian pear, lemon curd, white peach, and green tea. Ripe, refreshing, and totally thirst-quenching.
This Pinot Gris is a platinum blonde bombshell. With the warmer weather 2012 brought to Oregon, we were able to bring ripe tropical notes and rich floral aromas out of all 3 vineyards of our Pinot Gris. We start with sweet yellow peach, juicy ripe pear, key lime, and ruby grapefruit, followed by layers of jasmine, day lily, and rosemary to accent the nose. The palate is rich and smooth, with just enough tangy acid to tether the loosely jointed edges of this wine. Seamless, weighty, and lovely.
Platinum, yellow-green hues, with lovely white stone fruits, candied anise seed, lime zest, sugared ginger, spice, and minerality on the nose. White peach and pear, chamomile, light petrol, and mineral flavors continue on the palate, with a luscious tropical and ripe-vintage impression countered by great acidity and focused dryness. The wine speaks impressively of weight, balance, length, and longevity.
This Riesling is wonderfully intense and bright. The aromatic nose hints at talc, slate, honeysuckle, candied ginger, kiwi fruit, dried apricot, and clover-honey. There is a perfect balance on the palate of residual sugar, firm structural acid, weight, and a clean, silky finish. This is a true cellarable wine to impress friends, year after year.
This is the very first vineyard-designate Riesling we’ve done from our Mother Block up at Wind Ridge, and we couldn’t be more excited! 2011 is known for acid and ageability, and this is a pinnacle for the potential of Riesling. The nose shows lovely and effusive fruit, graphite, green apple, honey, allspice, and ginger. The palate is lush, fruity, and very rich in texture, with balanced acid and moderate sweetness, enough of it all to balance well for a long time. We will be opening this wine for the next 40 years, if we have any left.
We hope you have brunch plans, because this will be an integral piece. SEXT this year shows characteristic Spring-time freshness with white blossoms, jasmine, daphne, and gardenia bouquet. This vintage is riper than the previous few years, meaning acid is down a bit, and so is the sugar content, but this doesn’t mean we are lacking any sweet flavors; there’s plenty of dried apricot, ripe pear, and peach flourishing. The finish has notes of fresh hops, a juicy palate, and beautiful spritz and concentration.
Grüner is accentuated by vintages that help amplify richness and spice in white wines, and 2012 was a near perfect example. This wine shows brilliant platinum color in the glass, light sweet fruit on the nose, and clean length and persistence on the palate. To elaborate, the fruit shows peach pit, lychee, honeydew, and tart green apple. The nose has punctuations of glycerin, honeysuckle, stone, white spice and blossom, and is both lengthy and bright to boot. Finish it off with exacting balance, salinity, roundness, a bit of silky texture, and a burst of acid. Wie schön (how lovely)!
This Pinot Blanc is a beautifully-ripe example of what Pinot Blanc should be. The color shows a light and bright yellow hue, and the nose has a wonderful diversity of pure white fruit, subtle waxiness, and warm melon/fig/honey to sweet daffodil and lavender. The palate is broad and rich, with enough acid to be reminiscent of red grapefruit, and enough weight and texture to be interesting but not rough. Each aspect is nicely integrated, and shows amazing potential with some additional time in bottle.
Pale golden color with oily, filling, yellow fruit. The palate is bone dry but the luscious roundness makes it appear much more mouth-watering and full. There is a lingering presence of lychee fruit, slate, Earl Gray tea, soft vanilla, sage, and balanced acid. Very powerful and beautiful at the same time.
This chardonnay is a varietal pinnacle, with warm-year influences of ripe peach or pear and baked apple with a touch of nutmeg, buttered pastry crust or creamy bread pudding, and golden raisins. The mouth encounters a rich, full structure, with tannin worthy of moderate age, as well as glycerol and length. Overall, a very beautiful blonde.
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