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.

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.

Cuvee Me!

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample to participate in a Taste Live event.

Archery Summit was a new winery for me when I attended a Taste Live event a couple weeks ago. Of course, most Oregon wineries are new to me, which is yet another reason I’m excited to attend the Wine Blogger Conference in Portland next month. Not to mention the Pinot. Oh, the Pinot. I was happy to get a preview of more Pinot to come through the 3 wines from Archery Summit at  the tasting. Up 3rd (I think ) we had the 2010 Archery Summit Premier Cuvee. It has a real cork closure, clocks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $48.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) We drank this with grilled rainbow trout. It was awesome.

2.) The wine had so much going on both on the nose and in the palate. Lots of bang for the buck here.

3.) Pinot is one of those wines where I really think you get what you pay for.

4.) On the second night, this wine drank even better than the first night, which is saying a lot, since it was excellent on night one.
On the nose I got cedar, smoke, wood, chocolate, flowers, meat, espresso, spice, pepper, and baking spice. In the mouth I got cherry, black cherry, black raspberry, pepper, crushed violets, and blackberry. Overall the wine had excellent acidity, presented fresh fruit flavors, and showed good tannins on the finish.


Spring Time Wine

I bought this wine quite some time ago. I went to a Pinot and Pinot tasting at a local wine shop (Unwined) back in the spring of 2009.  I picked up a couple of different bottles, including this 2008 Sineann Pinot Gris from Oregon. Then somehow (can’t imagine how…unless you’ve seen my basement recently) it got shuffled behind other things and I lost track of it. We decided to pop it open the other night. It had a glass closure, clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, and I see it for about $11 online, though I think I paid closer to $15.

On the nose I found lemongrass, freshly mowed grass, lemon, pear, honey, and honeysuckle. It smelled like a fresh spring day to me.  In the mouth I got lemon, pear, green apple, honey, and honeysuckle.  This wine made for an easy sipper with light and lively flavors. At an $11 price tag it would make a great wine for a garden party…in the spring of course!




Oregon Viognier!

Back in August I went to a Viognier and Syrah tasting at Unwined in Alexandria. Matt was out of town and I was looking for something to do! Of course, I couldn’t leave without buying something, because, well, I have a problem. A wine collecting problem. I don’t mean to hoard wine, but I do! So I purchased this bottle of 2008 Penner Ash Viognier from Oregon, it was my favorite of the tasting. It clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, cost me $32.95, and had a screw cap closure.

On the nose I found pineapple, tropical notes, flowers, white peach, white pepper, honeysuckle, pear, and vanilla. In the mouth I got pear, white peach, honey, pineapple, and tropical notes. The Viognier had an slightly oily mouthfeel, which I love in a Viognier, with a crisp finish. One of my favorite Viogniers this year!

Cloudline Pinot Noir

More from the Thanksgiving wine files. Lots of folks like Pinot Noir with their Turkey Day feasts. Personally, I’m ok with whatever everyone else likes for Thanksgiving and I wanted to offer a variety of choices, so I picked up this bottle of 2007 Cloudline Pinot Noir at the Madison Wine Exchange.  It cost about $17, had a plastic cork, and clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume.  The wine hails from Oregon and I see it available on the internet for as low as $14. At $14, this is a really good value Pinot Noir.

On the nose I got spice, cherry, raspberry, red fruit, and a hint of Coke. In the mouth I found cherry, spice, pepper, raspberry, and Dr. Pepper.  If you are looking for a sub $20, this is a really good bet for the money, and even more so if you can find it for the $14 I see online.

Passion of Pinot

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Styring Vineyards.

This bottle of wine came with a video announcement. You can check out the video here, though I warn you, it’s on the not-safe for work side as it contains a nekkid woman. (Purposefully misspelled so I don’t get a lot of people here searching for that sort of thing!) But don’t let the video fool you, this is one serious wine.  We cracked open the 2006 Styring Premier Estate Pinot Noir to enjoy the other night. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.7% alcohol by volume, and retails for $45.  Styring Vineyards is a small family operation out of Oregon. They make only Pinot Noir and Riesling, and owner Steve Styring is also the wine maker.

On the nose I found cherry Coke, vanilla, strawberry, spice, herbs, earth, forest floor, raspberry, and pepper. A classic yummy Pinot Noir nose.  In the mouth I got earth, raspberry, red plums, black cherries, spice, pepper, and some hints of black berry.  In the mouth, this is lighter in body, quite smooth, and has a very long finish. A really lovely wine overall.
*We are experiencing technical difficulties in that I cannot locate my camera cord to transfer pictures. I’ll edit this post to add them when I locate it.

Love Potion Number 9


Whenever I see this wine, I start singing that song in my head. In case you haven’t noticed, singing to myself is a theme around here…I almost always have a tune in my head and it gets stuck there.  At least I’m not singing “Video killed the radio star…” this time, which appeared to be a catching one to get stuck on 😉  The wine for the evening: Sokol Blosser Evolution #9 Edition 12.  This wine is a blend of 9 different wines in various proportions, some of which have added to my Century Club application in the past! I picked this bottle up for around $12.99 at Total Wine and More in Alexandria, plus, I had a coupon for $15 off a $100 purchase, which I took advantage of.  The wine hails from Oregon, clocks in at 12% alcohol by volume, and boasts a real cork closure.  I’ve had this wine in the past, though not since I started the blog, and I’ve always enjoyed it…I used to pay a lot more than $12.99 at a local shop!


On first pouring a glass, I noted that the wine is very aromatic…white flowers jump out and grab you, pulling you into the glass.  I also found pear, peach, apple, slight lemon, and spice on the nose.  To me, it smelled as if the nose might have been heavily influenced by the Gewurztraminer in the blend.  In the mouth I got flavors of pear, lemon, green apple, white pepper, a touch of honey, and some spice.  Overall, I found the wine to be crisp and light and I think it would really well with a nice white fish.  It would also be perfect for some summer-time wine drinking!