Smooth and round from the start, with aromas of plum, cassis and cola. In the mouth, there’s cherry and more cassis, and as a whole it’s downright tasty. On the back side, the finish is firm and chocolaty, with good tannins. After tasting many a mediocre Pinot Noir from this Eugene-based winery, this flavorful if one-dimensional Cabernet is a revelation. Only 150…
Forward and fruity, this has California-style fruit and sweet, strawberry candy. The difference is that it fills out the middle with some leafy, herbal flavors, nothing too rough, but enough to add some flavor interest. The finish is fat and buttery, showing the influence of oak aging.
This burly, saturated Syrah hails from a five-year-old vineyard, and it shows some size and potential. The initial aromas seem straight from the barnyard, but that’s not a bad thing in this case. Because below that rusticity there’s dark fruit and the essence of sauvage. The palate is round, chewy and rich, with blackberry fruit and ample spice. And the finish is…
Southern Oregon is working hard on growing Syrah, and this is a promising effort. Thick, hard tannins are characteristic of this vineyard’s fruit, which has a tight, concentrated core of cherry liqueur. It’s young, hard and tart, but promising. Give it time.
Most Rogue Valley Syrahs seem to have oppressively dry, heavy tannins, but here the grainy flavors are well-integrated into the mixed red fruits. There is plenty of lightly roasted, coffee bean flavors, and some baker’s chocolate lining the finish. Drinks very well right now.
This is a crisp, serviceable Pinot Gris, with sharp green-apple and cut pear fruit dominating. It’s got plenty of acid underscoring the fruit, and should work well as an all-purpose wine.