Wow. This challenges the best of Canada for a great Gewürztraminer ice wine. A thrilling mix of flower, fruit, caramel, coffee (!) and honey, it is impeccably balanced and outrageously delicious. Just goes and goes.
Though not yet certified, this estate vineyard is biodynamically farmed. This is the first release from these grapes. A Rhône blend (61% Syrah, 34% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre), it’s aromatically captivating, with a fascinating mix of violets and stones. The wine itself seems carved out of rock, its flavors in bas-relief. Intense raspberry and cassis, white pepper, fine…
Fragrant and varietal, this showers you with its pungent and penetrating perfume, then wraps the palate in a cascade of pear, pineapple and grapefruit. Lush and round, ripe and rich, it’s a mouthful and a noseful, quite beautifully rendered.
Can anywhere else in the world get this much sugar and acid at the same time? This is a fantastic mix of sweet, almost candied citrus fruits, set against a layer of rock and buoyed with fresh, natural acids. There is a spritzy creaminess to the wine also—tasted pre-release—but it’s a fascinating and quite distinctive effort that will certainly reward some cellaring.
Sporting the brand-new Columbia Gorge AVA designation, this terroir-driven Pinot, from the Oregon side of the Columbia River, is a world apart from the Willamette Valley Pinots commonly associated with the state. Here the purity of sweet Bing cherry fruit is buttressed with clear mineral notes, and wrapped in very pleasing, caramel and cocoa barrel flavors. It…
This terroir-driven Pinot, from the Oregon side of the Columbia River, shows a dramatically different profile than the Willamette Valley Pinots commonly associated with the state. Kudos to winemaker Peter Rosback for finding great Pinot all over Oregon. This unique vineyard shows classic varietal fruit laced with mineral, kissed with toast, and finished with…
The core of earthy, herbal red fruit is crisply defined, and seems to build power as it expands into a protracted finish. The wine layers in cinnamon, toast, and chocolate, without losing any of its tart fruit as it gently fades into a finish of wild raspberries and shaved dark chocolate.
This is good juice, sappy and clean, with flavors of crisp red apple leading into light tropical fruit – citrus and pineapple. It’s lush and acid-driven, with an underpinning of mineral and stone.