2009 Johan Chardonnay Reserve

Up last for the white and rose portion of speed dating we have the Johan 2009 Chardonnay Reserve. Yay for more OR wine to round out this tasting! This chardonnay retails for $33. On the nose I am getting some toast and butter from the oak treatment and some yellow apple. In the mouth I am getting more apple, a buttery finish. pear, and yellow apple.  They add the lees back to the bottle on this, interesting.

Another one I’d pair with grilled white fish.

Almost all the OR wines make me think of seafood. Must be that Pacific Northwest thing!


2011 Alexana Pinot Gris

Coming up towards the end w have the 2011 Alexana Pinot Gris. I’m happy to get so many OR wines representing at the speed dating! It retails for $26.  Melon and pear on the nose.  In the mouth the acidity shines through with bright pear, green apple, and a mineral streak.

With the acidity, I’d recommend this for anything with a butter based sauce. It would have been lovely with my Eggs Benedict this morning.

2010 Votre Sante Chardonnay

Rounding up on our 8th speed dating wine we have a 2010 Votre Sante Chardonnay. Really bright tropical notes on the nose with pear, caramel, and vanilla bean notes. On the palate, peach and pear dominate, with a toasty note that I love. It retails for $12.99.

I almost want to drink this with some cedar planked salmon. I think it would stand up well.

2009 Brooks Ara Riesling

For our 7th wine we have another Oregon winery representing with their 2009 Brooks Ara Riesling.  This one retails for $25. This smells almost creamy to me with a little sweetness on the nose, plush peach on the nose. In the mouth I am finding it to be crisper, but definitely with stone fruit and some minerals.

I’d like to drink this on its own.

2009 Amity Estate Dry Riesling

6th wine coming our way during the speed dating round at WBC 12 is the 2009 Amity  Estate Dry Riesling.  Amity is an Oregon vineyard, yay for representing at the speed dating. The wine retails for $20. Very lime-y on the nose with bright tart acidity shining through even on a sniff. Some tropical notes hiding under the initial lime, kumquat and star fruit notes coming through. On the palate it’s crisp with awesome acidity, more lime, and other tart citrus.

Pair with a raw bar.

2010 Rodney Strong Chalk HIll Chardonnay

The fifth wine I’m speed dating with is the 2010 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay, a very familiar wine for me. We drink a lot of wine from Rodney Strong at our house!  The nose is toasted with some caramel undertones and yellow apple and pear. In the mouth it’s very smooth on the palate, with well rounded fruit, yellow apple, pear, and almost a hint of peach.

At $20, the Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay always offers a consistent value. Would be great to drink with grilled scallops.

2008 August Cellars Riesling

The 4th round of speed dating at the WBC 12 is the 2008 August Cellars Riesling, made with fruit from Eastern Washington and retailing for $14. Lime, stone, minerals, spice, and white flowers on the nose. The palate shows residual sugar with tangerine, honey, honeysuckle, and nice acidity.

Drink alone or with a lovely cheese tray.

2010 Longhand Chardonnay

Our 3rd wine for speed dating at WBC 12 is the 2010 Longhand Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.  Bright yellow apple, lemon, pear, some oak on the nose. In the mouth more citrus, some lime and tarter apple, oak is slightly present.

Pair with a cream sauce or a heartier white fish, like rainbow trout.

2010 Fontana Candida Frascati

Up second for the speed dating round of WBC is the 2010 Fontana Candida Frascati. Mostly made of Malvasia and retails for $13. Honey, honeysuckle, tangerine, and lime up front on the nose. On the palate, more lime and lemon, nice acidity.

Pair with the pool or a crisp green salad.

2011 Duck Pond Pinot Gris

First up at speed dating for WBC 12 is the 2011 Duck Pond Pinot Gris. Up front I find lots of pear, melon, and floral qualities. In the mouth it’s crisp with nice acidity, lots of pear, melon, and tropical notes.

This would be excellent as an apertif or on a hot humid day like we’ve been experiencing both in Portland and in Virginia. Also might be very good with grilled white fish or cream sauces.