Thursday Tastings

As I mentioned before, every Thursday since we’ve been opened, I’ve been holding wine tastings at Bottles. I don’t want to turn this blog into any sort of advertising.  My intention has never been to promote anything, other than the search for wine as a career. So I won’t be announcing future tastings that I’m holding. But after each tasting, I will post my tasting notes, because what’s the point of a wine blog without any tasting??  So without further adieu, tonight’s tasting:

I did a selection of Pacific Northwest Wines, i.e wines from Oregon and Washington, and was pleasantly surprised at not only the reception of the wines by the customers, but by the wine’s themselves.

Montinore Estate Pinot Grigio
Region:
Willamette, Oregon
Grape Varietal:
Pinot Grigio

Tasting Notes –
The aroma is very floral, with ripe pear, ripe apple, some licorice notes and a light spiciness. The flavors suggest sweet apple, pear and flowers, finishing with butterscotch and licorice notes and a touch of spiciness. The wine’s crisp acid frame adds to the richness and the finish is dry fresh and crisp with a sweet/tart apple essence and distinct mineral qualities.

Pairing: Light cheeses, salads, seafood, and white fish

Notes: Montinore Estate wines are certified Organic and Biodynamic. This Pinot Grigio in particular was left in contact with the skins for an extended period to give a full body and rich color.

Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling
Region:
Willamette, Oregon

Grape Varietal:
Riesling

Tasing Notes –
A semi-sweet medium bodied Germanic-styled wine. Vibrant aromas of peach, pear, citrus jasmine, and honeysuckle flowers. The explosive mouth-filling flavors mirror the aromas with apricot, star fruit and steely apple malic acidity, giving a sweet tart balance. Clean and refreshing with a crisp mouth-watering finish.

Pairing: A good match with light cheeses, citrus fruits, prawns, scallops, and crab.

Montinore Estate Pinot Noir
Region:
Willamette, Oregon
Grape Varietal:
Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes –
This has a dark garnet color with a brick rim. It is very aromatic for a young wine with notes of Black raspberry, blackberry, toasted hazelnuts and hints of forest floor. On the palate the ripe blackberry coats your mouth supported by firm but fine grained tannins and accented with flavors of Bing cherry, roasted nuts and hints of toast, fresh berries and pie spice. A long finish completes the statement.

Pairing: Perfect paired with lighter fare or delicate meats.

Revelry Merlot
Region:
Columbia Valley, WA
Grape Varietal:
Merlot

Tasting Notes –
Medium intensity with aromas of black-cherry and dark berries, fresh-cut new oak, and hints of savory spice. Earthy notes and a touch of herbal blackcurrant leaf and green pepper add to the complexity of this wine’s nose. Ripe and tart black-cherry flavors with a touch of toasted oak and dark chocolate/mocha. Medium finish with lingering flavors of sift ripe fruit, spice and oak and smooth silky tannins.

Pairing: a roast beef sandwich, or a savory beef pie.

Notes: The finish and body of the wine is actually from the addition of 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The big bold flavors are from the Merlot grape, cabernet is only added to add body and structure.  Revelry winemaker Jared Burns’ father is the inventor of the synthetic cork.

If you would like to download my original tasting notes, you can find them here: Tasting8-26. I’m going to try to post my tastings every week, and the notes available for download. Soon I’ll post all of my previous notes so you can check out what I’ve been tasting!

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