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Oregon

Archery Summit Looney Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

We have been sitting on this gem since our 2013 visit to the Willamette Valley and last night was the right night for its opening.  Grilled tuna steaks and a red pepper, white onion, and yellow squash medley (also grilled) begged for the pinot noir.  This occasion also demanded usage of our Riedel Vinum XL … Continue reading »

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Traveling high and low – d’Arenberg Hermit Crab, Chehalem Ridgecrest VY Pinot Noir

2014 d’Arenberg “The Hermit Crab” – Viognier/Marsanne, McLaren Vale – $13 This wine is a great way to enjoy a white wine that is not a Chardonnay.  There are those who are part of the ABC Club (Anything But Chardonnay), will take note of this wine.  A very good price point and readily available, this … Continue reading »

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2009 Benton-Lane First Class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley – First Class

First posted March 11, 2016: First post in a while!  It’s been a long while since I’ve been really moved by a wine, but there have been a nice big lot of them lately.  The 2009 Benton Lane Pinot Noir was in a case of wine I bought during a silent auction at the International … Continue reading »

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2013 Trip to Willamette Valley, Parts 2 and 3

June 2 The third day of tasting led us to these fine places and wines:   White Rose 2010 Chehalem Mountains pinot noir                                     $50 (2) vineyard blend; medium dark garnet, clear Medium nose, blueberries Whole-mouth feel with medium body, fairly long finish Acidic and somewhat grippy, 3 – 5 years out 2011 Guillen Vineyard pinot … Continue reading »

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