Tag Archives: Pinot Noir

Montsecano · 2012 · Pinot Noir · Casablanca Valley, Chile

I like forward thinking in winemaking. I like winemakers that separate themselves from the pack on just the hope that maybe somebody will understand and appreciate what they’re trying to do. And I believe that’s exactly what André Ostertag is doing here. So here’s the breakdown… André’s family domaine and roots are in Alsace, he trained in […]

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Domaine Rolet · 2011 · Côtes du Jura Rouge · Les Grandvaux · Jura, France

From a geographical standpoint, the Jura is not all that complicated. Just four regional appellations comprise this north/south swath east of Burgundy: Arbois, Côtes du Jura, Château-Chalon, and L’Etoile. Straight forward enough, but that is about where the simplicity ends. The wines, on the other hand, can be confusing. All in one breath, they can be trendy and unknown, […]

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Cameron · 2011 · “Clos Electrique” · Pinot Noir · Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2011, in Oregon, was one of those years that was basically declared a disaster before fruit even started rolling in. Oh, but what a mistake it was if you were one of the defeatists. Sugar levels were low and botrytis was an issue, but after a lifesaving Indian summer and super long fruit hang times, […]

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Oregon Harvest 2013: Photo Journal Part I

I finally unloaded a harvest’s worth of pictures from my phone this morning. It’s hard to imagine a better working adventure than harvest in Oregon, so here it is, round 1 of my favorite photos. [Paella dinner in the Dundee Hills with the Walnut City crew.] [A view from Belle Pente Winery at their estate […]

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Wine Review: Alain Roy · 2009 · Givry ‘En Vauvry’ · Burgundy, France

Burgundy is complicated: the wine, the geography, the influence of vintage. Thankfully, there are some basic guidelines to follow. Burgundy is divided into a north, and a south; Pinot Noir is the heartbeat of the reds, Chardonnay of the whites. The most sought-after Pinot Noir is considered to be a product of  the north, or […]

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Harvest 2011: Done.

It’s hard to know where to start wrapping something like this up—and it certainly can’t be done in one post. My life was changed, this I know, and I have what feels like a years’ worth of personal, mental debriefing to do. [A post-fermentation pH testing.]

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Scenes from the top.

When I arrived at Walnut City Wineworks over a month ago, my eyes immediately fell on WF1 (white fermenter 1, we assume), a 2000+ gallon oak fermenter whose age is unknown, 25+ years maybe. She was one of the most recent additions to the facility after Michael Lundeen, the winemaker, took his post at WCW […]

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Wine Review: 2008 · Youngberg Hill Vineyards · ‘Jordan’ Pinot Noir · McMinnville, OR

It’s turkey season! That didn’t  mean a whole lot to me before I moved to VT—but I know better now. This is serious business. For 30 days, my co-worker, John, wakes up before 4:00 am, heads into the woods, settles in, waits for dawn, makes some sexy hen noises, and draws in a big ‘ole […]

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Wine Review: 2008 · Alta Maria Vineyards · Pinot Noir · Santa Maria Valley, CA

A sinister snowflake? A sparsely-spined sea urchin? A magnified mini Koosh?  Nope! The artwork for Alta Maria Vineyards features hand-hewn iron nails used by homesteaders in Santa Maria before the Industrial Revolution introduced mass-produced, machine-cut nails. Despite its lowly function, each nail is unique from the next according to the conditions in which it was made […]

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Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir Glasses

Riedel didn’t seek the help of California Pinot Noir vintners when this outstanding glass was produced a number of years ago; in fact, it was the Oregonian vintners that curried favor. The result was this monolithic glass—in every tasting room we had the privilege of entering on our trip last year. A monster bowl for […]

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Vista Hills wine club special offer.

Special offer for C+C readers from Vista Hills—join the Treehouse Club and shipping is free on the first installment! [Check out our post from the vineyard here.] Club members receive 3 shipments of 3 bottles per year (1 bottle of Pinot Gris/2 bottles of Pinot Noir). I opted for all Pinot Noir shipments. Because club […]

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Wine Review: 2007 · Vista Hills · Treehouse · Estate Pinot Noir · Dundee Hills · Willamette Valley, OR

  I let go of my membership to the Justin Wine Society about 6 months ago. Another one of my remaining 3 is on the chopping block. Lean times. Vista Hills, however, is not going anywhere—ironically, there is no doubt that had they not contacted us a day prior to our visit to Oregon and […]

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