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Tualatin Estate 1999 Pinot Blanc
A fine Chardonnay alternative, similar in weight—heftier than many—but with its own character. The lively peach, pear and vanilla nose sets up a round, fullish palate with dry pear fruit and pepper accents. Hefty but not flabby; good underlying acidity holds this together. It finishes long, with more pepper.
Tualatin Estate 1998 Pinot Noir
Bright in color and full of snappy cherries on the nose. This cherry-dominated profile follows suit on the palate, where the fruit-to-wood-balance swings in favor of the crisp, dry fruit. Charged-up acids provide a jolt, as do the full tannins. It seems to have the right structure to age for a few years.
Tualatin Estate 1999 Pinot Noir
Plummy, toasty fruit launches this into a friendly orbit right out of the bottle. It’s got nice weight and some depth, and there is plenty of tannin to finish it out. The clean, attractive fruit tastes of beet root and ripe cherries. —P.G.
Tualatin Estate 2001 Estate Grown Pinot Blanc
This very ripe wine hits a rich fruit note suspended midway between spicy apple and fresh-cut pear. Alcohol is on the high side (14.5%). It’s bigger overall than many Pinot Blancs, but generous and flavorful. Drink up.
Tualatin Estate 1998 Pinot Blanc
The nose is lovely, with a smoky edge. On the palate there are touches of melon and lime, with just a drop of fresh peach. The finish is creamy and elegant as it lingers on the palate.
Tualatin Estate 1999 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Light and fragrant in the nose, with a hint of lemon and canned pineapple. The palate seems rich and creamy, partially a result of age but also due to relative low acidity. In the mouth, there’s banana, papaya and cinnamon, while the finish is nicely textured and rich (again a result of maturity). All in all, there…
Tualatin Estate 2001 Semi-Sparkling Muscat
Smells like Muscat, with pretty apricot and orange-blossom aromas, and as the name suggests, it’s just a little bubbly. The sweetness level is high, but not exceptional. This clean wine is fun and perfect for fresh fruits or wedding cake.
Tualatin Estate 2000 Pinot Noir
Tart strawberry-cherry fruit is accented by pine, licorice and earth notes in this bright, sassy wine. This shows good acidity, but it’s also thin and a bit sour to some. Still, most panelists found pretty elements, if not a great deal of depth. Closes dry, with a mildly chalky feel.