Wine Blog

09 Brella Oregon Pinot Noir ($20) ☺☺

I kept meaning to try more Pinots from the great valleys in Oregon. This is a blend of grapes from the three main wine producing areas of Williamette, Umpqua Valley and Rogue Valley. The wine is lighter in color than some of the fruit forward Californian counterparts but the style of these wines is very different. The Brella has the flavors of just ripened bing cherries, and a healthy dose of vanilla. It went well with the red meat and to me, represented excellent value.

04 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon ($60) ☺☺☺☺

Cliff Lede produces some great quality Cabernets and this is a great example. Although from a relatively poor year the wine showed great complexity. On the initial nose it was full of everything black. Black cherries, blackcurrants and blackberries. There was a lovely earthy mineral taste with hints of cedar and leather all joining the mix to create this complex wine. Opened about 2 hours before drinking it will be great for the next 2-3 years.  

05 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon ($85) ☺☺☺☺

In contrast to the 07 Silver Oak this one is starting to show signs of what it holds for the future. It is beautifully structured and has complex aromas on opening the bottle of chocolate, vanilla and blackcurrant fruit. Decanted and left for two hours it opened up beautifully with aromas of cedar, cinnamon and black cherries. On the palate it was balanced, the tannins were still evident but velvety and the long finish make this a very enjoyable wine. I am sure though it will be even better next year !

07 Inman Thorn Ridge Pinot Noir ($56) ☺☺☺☺

Time has treated this wine really well, the original tasting we did in 2009 showed great balance and a floral nose. Now the wine has evolved into the deep blackcurrant and cherry style which Russian River excels at. The tannins have mellowed but still provide the backbone to the wine and the long finish is full of darjeeling tea and that typical floral style. I am sure this will last for quite some time but in the meantime it is really showing well.

10 Loring Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir ($35) ☺☺☺☺

I have been a fan of the Loring wines for some time. This Rosellas vineyard wine is, for me, one of their finest for a long time. The initial nose of powerful red fruit with a mineral undertone. On decanting this opens up to include ripe bing cherries and a hint of cocoa. We decanted this through one of the Vinturi breathers and left if for about an hour and it paid dividends. The tannins were lush, balanced and blended into the fruit is a wonderful burst of flavors. I would doubt if you could find a wine at this price point giving such great overall taste. 4 smiley faces indeed.

© John Holmes 2014