Fragrant with a mix of sweet grass and dusty blossom, this pleasant Sauvignon Blanc makes you wonder why the grape is so rare in Oregon. Here in the Umpqua Valley it finds a sweet spot, fresh and varietal, round and tart, with the added complexity of the flowery aromatics.— P.G.
This new release from Melrose fills the mouth with flavor; it runs from orange blossom to Meyer lemon to candied pineapple, finally settling into a strong citrus/tropical blend of delicious fruit flavors. It seems to strike a perfect balance, staying lively and well-defined, without becoming hot or bitter.— P.G.
A pretty, fruity, forward Viognier, with appealing orange blossom, citrus and light tropical fruit. Nicely balanced, with just the right amount of acidity, a full midpalate and excellent concentration through the finish.— P.G.
If you’re going to charge $36 for Baco Noir, you must have a lot of confidence that it’s something special. This one is. Intense and earthy, the fruit has the concentration of raspberry syrup. Tar and leather, rock and earth are folded in, with some of the tack room scents of brett, but not detrimentally. There is…— P.G.
There is a pretty, floral accent to the aromas, followed by notes of dusty cocoa and cinnamon. A whiff of buttery leather is woven throughout, and this is clearly a wine that may not please all palates. But the rose petal and cherry flavors carry through the balanced finish, and the region’s track record for…— P.G.
Dark fruits—notably black cherries and figs—come with a chocolaty edge. The citrusy acids keep the wine on point as it slowly fades.— P.G.
Firm and full-bodied, with a mix of stone fruits and toasty, buttery oak. The balance is just right, with alcohol hovering just over 14%. The flavors fit nicely, a mix of wood and steel, malolactic butter and clean malic acids.— P.G.
A clean aroma of apple that’s detailed with light notes of fresh herb and barrel toast introduce this well-structured Chardonnay. It’s a solid effort, buoyed by good natural acidity.— P.G.