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USA, Pinot Noir, White PInot Noir, Left Coast Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2016

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N/ A bit subtle. Light cherry. Sun bleached rocks. Straw. Chamomile. Salt. T/ Medium to medium plus mouthfeel. Surprisingly fatty in the mouth. Cherry, strawberry, and canned pear juice. Shortish finish. I think I liked previous vintages much more than this bottling. Price = $24 http://leftcoastcellars.com/ N = B- T = B- I = B […]

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USA, Pinot Gris, Left Coast, The Orchard, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2016

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N/ Salt and sunshine. Hay. Spice and light smoke. Seaspray. Grapefruit zest. Chamomile and more chamomile. Basil and oregano. River rocks. The spice/herbal notes were a pleasant surprise. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Chamomile tea. Pear, grapefruit, and honeysuckle. Malt, spice, and flint finish. http://leftcoastcellars.com/ Price = $18 N = A T = A- I = […]

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USA, Oregon, Pinot Noir, Left Coast Cellars, Cali’s Cuvee, Willamette Valley, 2014

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N/ Blackberry jam, lime zest, freshly crushed flint, and cigar box. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Blackberries and raspberry notes with a nice bouncing acidity. Wet organic soil notes and an extended earthy finish. Price = $24 http://leftcoastcellars.com/ N = B+ T = B+ I = B+ Overall = B+ This wine was a media sample kindly […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Winemaker Focus / Cornerstone Cellars / Jeff Keene / Napa Valley, California & Oregon

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I had the privilege of sitting with winemaker Jeff Keene for an extended tasting of Cornerstone wines. The offerings were delicious, impressive, and showed a broad range of styles. The wine also importantly showed restraint in all the right places. Jeff was 100% delightful and explained his winemaking philosophy beautifully. Passion is an over-used word in the […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Tendril Wine Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2010

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N/ Fresh herbs dance on light cedar. A nice introduction to ample cherry, red apple skin, and red berry aromas. Black tea and pine needles. Dry forest floor. Delightful. Complex. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Warm cherry flavors framed by a nice acid presence. Her flavors linger and then finish with just a touch of cranberry pucker. […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Erath, Oregon, 2010

N/ Candied cherries, violets, and light touches of sandalwood. Warm, sweet, earth and forest floor scents. T/ Light mouthfeel (surprisingly light in fact). Cherry and dry earth flavors. Black cherry and light black tea. Clean lines. The wine is good, but too thin for my taste. http://www.erath.com/ Winemaker = Gary Horner Price = $19 N = B T […]

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USA, Pinot Gris, Erath, Oregon, 2011

N/ Crisp springwater, fresh hay, lime zest, river rocks, a hint of honeysuckle and toast points, pinches of salt and burlap. T/ Light mouthfeel. First impressions are of a dilute dirty martini, but with more fruit, roundness, and depth. One tastes nice, salted fruits of the clean yellow tropical variety, with some honeysuckle juice steeped with burlap. This is […]

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USA, Rose of Pinot Noir, Patton Valley Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2010

N/ Cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Soft aromas of river rocks. Rose petals. Light tropicals and cranberry. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Very nicely weighted. Lush, but not sugary, cantalopue, green melon, and watermelon. This is a melon party! Acid is good, but just a tad low, lending to a soft and round experience. If you like wine, […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Torii Mor, Dundee Hills Select, Oregon, 2007

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N/ Oregon soil, nicely smoked. Dry gunnysack. Light game. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Red berries and tart cranberry. Elegant structure melded with nice wood work. Layered and rich. Tart, mouth watering, finish. Lovely. Price = $41. Brilliant+. 94 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

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