Wines of the Northwest

Wines of the Northwest
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, April 16, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Croft Vineyard – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley Cherry and spice upfront on the nose, with a nice backbone of earth, stone, and dirt. The palate is much the same as the nose, but the spice is more dominate than the earth and fruit flavors. (90 Points)

2008 Hestia Malbec Andrews Ranch – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills An earthy nose of wood chips and meat juice, with small amounts of red fruit at the end. The flavors on the palate are much more distinct than the nose. There was blueberry and incense, with some meat and pepper underneath. (90 Points)

2009 Auteur Pinot Noir “Ophelia” – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley A very dark nose. Black cherry, black raspberry, and dark, rich spices. A little better on the palate than the nose, but this was much richer than I like my pinots. Black cherry and espresso, with hints of chocolate underneath. This is followed by cherry and raspberry on the finish. (89 Points)

2003 Kiona Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain A lovely nose of roasted herbs and smoky earth, supported by some candied black fruit and spice. The palate was a bit bitter, but the flavors were much like the nose. (87 Points)

2009 Apolloni Pinot Blanc – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley Nice floral notes on the nose, with honeysuckle edges followed by some good pear fruit. There was more fruit on the palate than on the nose, and the honey and flowers came on in the middle. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2008 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Abetina – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley A mildly interesting nose of black cherry, raspberry, and spice. The palate is even less interesting. One dimensional flavors of cherry pepper and forest floor. (89 Points)

2006 Long Shadows Wineries Saggi – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley A big nose of grilled meat and spice, with a big shot of vanilla. The fruit comes on in the middle – cherry and raspberry, and spice comes in at the end. The palate has quite a bit of tartness. The fruit is more dominate than everything else, and the meat and spice flavors are more subtle than are on the nose. (88 Points)

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