Francis Tannahill 2009 The Hermit Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
Beautifully structured, this very limited bottling offers complex, tightly wound, finely spun red fruit. The depth and detail suggest that further cellaring will be well rewarded.
Francis Tannahill 2008 Passito White (Oregon)
A blend of Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier, this was made in the passito style—grapes were dried to concentrate sugars, then pressed and fermented. The result is a terrific and unusual dessert wine, with candied fruits mixing papaya, guava, banana, Meyer lemon and more. The center is simply lush and fruity; the…
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Francis Tannahill 2007 Dragonfly Gewürztraminer (Washington)
Unctuous, floral and perfumed, this Washington-sourced Gewürztraminer is bold and fruity, lush and mouthfilling. It spreads out gracefully and fully across the palate, coating the tongue with a honeyed mix of citrus and tropical fruits, spiced up with a hint of garlic chive. Dense and concentrated, this is sure to…
Francis Tannahill 2006 The Hermit Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)
This is a project of the same group that does A to Z wines; a careful blend of Pinot Noir from vineyards scattered widely across the length of the Willamette Valley. Dense, mixed red fruits, leaving an impression of spicy plum, work into a full-bodied midpalate with gentle hints of leather and fungus. Complex and…
Francis Tannahill 2011 The Hermit Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
This opens with strong scents and flavors of stem and herb, and shows some potent tannins as well. Then along comes chewy cherry fruit, substantial and somewhat in hiding. Green tea, earth and a hint of baking spices suggest that further aging will help to pull it all together.
Francis Tannahill 2006 Mason Dixon Syrah (Oregon)
Stiff and tannic, this dark and steely Syrah is scented with loam, lead pencil and blackberries. The blackberry fruit is matched, but not over-matched, with darker notes of tar, coffee and bitter chocolate. Tannins are a little rugged, but not overbearing, and carry a hint of green coffee.
Francis Tannahill 2006 Dragonfly Gewürztraminer (Washington)
This is a very soft, lush style, with powerfully floral, almost soapy aromas that carry into the flavors as well. It is classically varietal, but so soft as to seem a little unfocused.