The Hedonistic Taster

Willamette Valley Holiday Edition

by L.M. Archer

“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format for sharing industry trade sample tasting notes with readers.

Please enjoy this special holiday edition, showcasing the wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.

 

Panther Creek Cellars 2016 Pinot Gris is an award-winning white wine from Oregon's Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Panther Creek Cellars Pinot Gris

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here. (96% Pinot Gris, 3% Muscat, 1% Chardonnay.)

Suggested Retail: $ 20

Robe: Clear straw robe with pale pink tinge.

Nose: Intriguing light floral, lime, wet stones, lychee, 

Bouche:  Yellow apple, ripe pear, and pink grapefruit give way to peach, quince, and melon on the mid-palate, with hints of baking spice, vanilla and lychee on the rounded, lingering finish. Slightly dry, light body.

A quixotic wine that over-delivers.

Panther Creek Cellars 016 Winemaker's Cuvée Pinot Noir is a blend of several different vineyards within the Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Panther Creek Cellars Winemaker’s Cuvée – Willamette Valley

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  14.3%

Link to Producer Specs here. 

Suggested Retail: $ 25

Robe: Deep ruby robe.

 Nose: Cherry, pomegranate, red currant on the nose.

Bouche:  Initial flavors of dark cherry, pomegranate, and strawberry move towards black tea and dark currant on the finish.

Panther Creek Cellars 2015 De Ponte Vineyard Pinot Noir - Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Panther Creek Cellars De Ponte Vineyard Pinot Noir –  Willamette Valley

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol:  14.`4%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 45

Robe:  Deep garnet robe.

Nose: A heady concoction of red fruit and spice – allspice, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon.

Bouche:  Bramble berry, red raspberry, and currant on the palate. Light body, aquiline acids, silky tannins, solid finish.

Panther Creek Cellars 2015 Lazy River Pinot Noir is sourced from the Willamette Valley's Yamhill-Carlton wine region.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Panther Creek Cellars Yamhill-Carlton Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

Vintage:  2015

Alcohol:  14.3%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 45 – OUT OF STOCK

Robe:  Dark ruby robe.

Nose: Earthy, dark red fruit aromas.

Bouche:  Red raspberry predominates this fleshy, sensuous wine. Medium body, lengthy finish. 

Panther Creek Cellars 2015 Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir is a premium wine produced from fruit derived from Eola-Amity Hills in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Panther Creek Cellars Eola-Amity Hills Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol:  14.1%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 65

Robe:  Clarion ruby robe.

Nose: Sous bois, cranberry, cherry, red plum aromas.

Bouche:  Red fruit notes carry through on the palate. Light body, bright acids, super-silky tannins, stunning finish.

More about Panther Creek Cellars here.

Rain Dance Vineyard 2017 Grand Oak Vineyard Riesling is produced from LIVE-certified vineyards on Willamette Valley's Chehalem Mountains.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Rain Dance Vineyards  Estate Riesling – Grand Oak Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 22

Robe:  Clear green-gold robe.

Nose: Appealing aromas of lychee, pear, mimosa. 

Bouche:  An amusing mélange of ripe yellow pear, golden apple, lime, with a flirty, fleurs blanches and acacia finish. Dry, light body, crisp acids, lilting finish. Wow.

Rain Dance Vineyard 2017 Grand Oak Vineyard Rosé is produced in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Rain Dance Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir – Grand Oak Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  14.1%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 22

Robe: Pale rose-petal pink robe.

Nose: Intoxicating notes of rose, red raspberry and jasmine.

Bouche:  A succulent stone fruit frisson featuring white nectarine, peach, plus a kick of kiwi and Queen Anne cherry.  Light-medium body, well-balanced acids, soft finish.

An exceptional, high-quality, high-value wine.

Rain Dance Vineyard 2016 Estate Pinot Noir is produced on Chehalem Mountains in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Rain Dance Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir – Chehalem Mountains 

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  14.1%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 40

Robe: Dark garnet robe.

Nose: Initial hits of underbrush and rotting leaves give way to hints of vanilla, dark cherry and kir, followed by a pinch of tobacco on the back note.

Bouche:  A brooding bête noir of bramble, black tea, and black currant. Light body, balanced acids, refined tannins, thought-provoking finish.

Another high quality, high value wine.

More about Rain Dance Vineyard here.

Knudsen Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay derives from the Dundee Hills in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay – Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 45

Robe: Pale lemon robe.

Nose: Oak, vanilla, lemon, golden apple aromas.

Bouche:  Yellow apple,  citron, caramel bouche. Light body, rounded mouthfeel, finish.

Knudsen Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir hails from the Willamette Valley's prized Dundee Hills.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir – Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  14.1%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 55

Robe: Dark garnet hue.

Nose: Dark cherry, pomegranate, and vanilla aromas.

Bouche:  Medium body, artfully balanced acids and tannins. Dark berry, blueberry, red currant and a touch of pomegranate on the bouche, with a slight umami underpinning that carries through on the lengthy finish.  

More about Knudsen Vineyards here.

Archery Summit Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay is a premium Burgundy-style white wine produced in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Archery Summit Chardonnay – Eola-Amity Hills

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  12.8%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 45

Robe: Clear golden color.

Nose: A teasing juxtaposition of fruit, spice and stone.

Bouche:,  Ripe golden apple and citrus notes, with a tinge of minerality, reminiscent of a menage-à-trois  between a sunny Mâcon, fleshier Côte Chalonnaise, and flintier Chablis.

Archery Summit premium Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is produced from sustainable, LIVE certified fruit.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Archery Summit Pinot Noir – Dundee Hills

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  14.1%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 65

Robe:  Deep garnet hue.

Nose: Spice box, warm red fruit and cranberry notes.

Bouche:  Spicy, red-fruited, crisp cranberry bouche, brisk acids, supple tannins, elegant finish. 

Archery Summit Red Hills Pinot Noir reflects the diversity of Oregon's Willamette Valley wine region.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Archery Summit Red Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir – Dundee Hills

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  14%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 100

Robe:  Brilliant garnet robe.

Nose: Red fruit, bramble and baking spice notes.

Bouche:  Bramble, red fruit and spice carry through on the bouche. Light body, intense acids, tannins, and lingering finish.

Crimson Group's Archery Summit Arcus Pinot Noir exemplifies the finesse of wines prodcued in Oregon's Dundee Hills on the Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Archery Summit Arcus Vineyard Pinot Noir – Dundee Hills

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  13.8%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 125

Robe: Intense garnet robe.

Nose: Muted minerality and spice notes.

Bouche:  A plethora of blue and dark fruits on the bouche: blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, a hint of dusty rocks, and unmistakable mineral core. Light/medium body, exceptional acids and tannins, pronounced finish.

‘Arcus’ means ‘bow’ in Latin. This wine hits the center of the target. Brilliant.

Archery Summit Summit Vineyard Pinot Noir is produced from the estate vineyard on Dundee Hills in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Archery Summit  – Summit Vineyard Pinot Noir – Dundee Hills

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  13.8%

Link to Producer Specs – not available.

Suggested Retail: $ 150

Robe: Deep garnet robe. 

Nose: Dark plum, basalt, black fruit notes.

Bouche:  Another basalt-birthed brooder doomed to stalk the moors of one’s palate – and mind – during a dark winter meal. Healthcliff in a glass. Bring it.

More about Archery Summit here.

Brooks Wines 2015 Sparkling Riesling is a premium Willamette Valley sparkling wine made in the méthode traditionelle.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Brooks Winery Sparkling Riesling – Méthode Traditionelle, Willamette Valley

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 40

Robe: Bright gold hue. Pinpoint perling, generous mousse.

Nose:  Distinct Riesling notes of petrol and rubber yield to tantalizing citrus and burnished brioche aromas on the nose. 

Bouche:  Diabolically dry sparkler, with a lemony lift and savory umami unctuousness that provide a versatile verve –  appropriate for any occasion.

The label adds to the sumptuousness of this wine. Affordable luxury with a pop.

More about Brooks Wine here.

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