The Sineann Block One Cab 03 vintage is another collectable Cabernet Sauvignon for cellaring up to 12 years. Place this wine next to you Betz Pere de Famille 02, your Owen Roe Dubrul Cab 03, and your Andrew Will Sorella 02 in a special section of your cellar called "World Class Cabernet".
This wine is made from fruit from a vineyard across the road from the Lewis Vineyard, right near the firebreak of 2002's forest fire in the Gorge, the wine is intense. Flavors are dominated by big toasty espresso bean, dense black cherry fruit flavors, hints of smoke from that forest fire, and a long long finish.
The winemaker, Peter Rosback, says: "Every year we're more impressed with the fruit we get off Terry McDuffee's vineyard. Tiny black berries, bursting with flavor, from a vineyard that is cropped at less than two tons per acre. The wine is dark, intensely flavorful, with leather and tar components and a long finish."
Sineann's White Wines
three 2004 Gewurztraminers rank among Peter's best wines for
the 2004 vintage.
Sineann has produced three distinctly different and lovely Gewurztraminers from the 2004 vintage. Peter says:
"Three of the most exciting wines we made in 2004! The Resonance has great intensity and its customary rich, mouthcoating quality. It is the driest of the trio. The Celilo has markedly higher acid to balance a sweeter wine, characterized by stone fruits and an interesting minerality. The Oak Ridge steers a course between the other two, having some of Resonance's rich mouthfeel and some of Celilo's stone fruit and acidity."
All three wines were made in very limited quantities.
Sineann's Riesling Medici Vineyard 04 $18/$16.20 is a delight for white wine lovers. Peter says:
"Again one of the best wines we made in 2004. A pretty strong statement when one considers the extremely high quality of the wines we have sitting in barrel in the winery at this time. It has beautiful floral aromatics; rich, complex flavors that evolve on the palate; lively acidity to lighten the flavors. The vines are almost 30 years old, are cropped and tended like Pinot Noir and were left to hang late into October of 2003, long enough for nearly half of the clusters to be botrytis-affected."
Peter consistently produces white wines that are some of Oregon's best, along with Harry Pedersen-Nedry's Chehalem offerings, Mark Vlosak's St Innocent Pinot gris and Chardonnay, and Jay Christopher's Holloran, J Christopher, and Stafford Rieslings.
O'Reilly and St Innocent Pinot noirs- Under $20 Bargains
It's hard to find an under $20 Pinot noir that rocks. One with great flavors, scent, and a nice balanced finish. Throw in some nice spice and fruit, and maybe a bit of complexity, and I am in bliss. Both the O'Reilly Pinot noir 04 $16/$14.40 and the St Innocent Pinot noir Willamette Valley 03 $18/$16.20 rock.
Know that the St Innocent Pinot noir Willamette Valley 03 is only distributed in Oregon. Mark Vlosak is such a generous fellow, his prices have always been extremely reasonable, and he offers this value priced Pinot noir to Oregon consumers each year. There's not much of it, so grab it soon.
What can I say about the O'Reilly Pinot noir 04 $16/$14.40 that you do not already know? Maybe that there is half as much this year as last. David says the wine is better than the 03, a darker color, more soft and mouth coating, as he put more single vineyard juice into the blend this year, inclduing fruit from the Casablanca Vineyard. Made in the rich, over-the-top Owen Roe style.
Other Pinot noir Bargains for April
Kinne's McKinlay Pinot noir Willamette Valley 03 $17/$15.30 is
one of Megan's favorite value Pinots. Megan heads Avalon's
Customer Service and is an avid wine enthusiast. She tastes
dozens of wines every week and talks to all the customers --
she hears about all the best bargains. The MicKinlay 03 is
a blend of mostly 02 with some 03 Pinot noir, generous, rounded,
medium-big- full of red and black berry flavors. Matt is known
for his reasonable prices and high quality Pinot noirs.
up there with the McKinlay in our local customers' Top Ten
Best Values list is the Brooks Pinot noir 03 $20/$18.
Sam Tannahill, reknowned former winemaker at Archery Summit,
current winemaker at Shea Wine Cellars, and owner/co-winemaker
with with Cheryl Francis at their own Francis/Tannahill Winery,
completed this wine after Jimi's tragic death last year. It
has pleasant red cherry and berry fruit and warm spice flavors.
The wine is balanced, with no harsh edges, just rounded flavors
with a nice finish.
Benchlands Pinot noir 02 $20/$18 continues to sell
repeatedly to customers who have quickly adapted it as their
personal "House Wine". It's made from warmer, Southern
Oregon fruit from the Umpqua Valley, and shows a plush, lush
quality that is quite appealing. The wine has very pretty
floral rose aromas with raspberry, cherry and warm honeyed
oak. Strawberry and Queen Ann cherries dominate the flavors
with a nice round mouth feel. It has moderate weight with
a long lingering caramel finish. This new winery is quickly
gaining a statewide reputation for some of the best Pinots
made in Southern Oregon.
Other under $20 Pinot noirs that we think are really good deals include:
Pinot noir 02 $19/$17.09
Hill Pinot noir 02 $20/$18 is still available, although
we are nearing the end of the vintage.
Finally, while not quite under $20, we have to mention a local favorite, Roots 2003 Pinot noir $22/19.80. When Chris came to pour this wine at our Saturday tasting, he sold every bottle, and the customers keep coming back for more. Chris owns a tiny 6 acre estate vineyard, and the wine from this new vineyard is quite quite good. The wine is made from young vines, and is showing a lot of depth and nice flavors. Most of the fruit came from the upper block of his vineyard, a block comprised of Pinot noir clones 113, 115, and 777. The wine was aged in 30% new Francois Freres oak (Allier and Nevar), 40% year old Francois Freres and Gillet oak, 10% neutral oak, and 20% Hungarian oak. Avalon heartily recommends this wine as a great value.
Beaux Freres 2003 Pinot noirs
Beaux Freres made only three 2003 vintage wines. A smaller harvest resulted in too little wine to create some of the vineyard select wines that Mike has made in past vintages. The good news is, the small harvest may not have produced as much fruit, but the fruit that was harvested was of a very high quality. The resulting wines are sophisticated, concentrated, and elegant, perhaps not as immediately approachable as the 2002's, but rewarding in their depth and in the maturity of wine making.
All three wines offer a harmonious complexity of flavors and tremendous beauty and age ability. They are worthy follow ups to the 2002's, with intriguing layers of flavors demonstrating the skills of a winemaker who knows his vineyard and his winery and makes the very best use of both.
Beaux Freres Pinot noir
Beaux Freres Pinot noir Upper
Belles Soeurs Pinot noir 03
Owen Roe 2003 Dubrul Wines Released
Dubrul Vineyard is located high on an outcropping of the Rattlesnake Hills in the Northwest Yakima Valley in central Washington. The poor soil, wind, extreme heat during the day and cold at night stress the vines, reducing the crop but concentrating flavors. The cold nights keep acidity high (key for successful cellaring) while the hot days make for lush, multilayered flavors.
Owen Roe Dubrul Cabernet Sauvignon 03 $68/61.20 has
all of the intensity of the 2002, with a tad more structure.
The dark, ruby-colored wine is full bodied, with deep flavors
of berry, black stone fruit, and toasted espresso bean. Add
a hint of smoke, warm spices, and just a whiff of desert
herbs, and a long, long finish. While impressive and lush
now, its well balanced acidity will support up to 10 years
Owen Roe Dubrul Merlot 03 $48/$43.20 shows both
lush fruit flavors and marvelous acidity, a harbinger of
age-worthiness. Super intense, this is a powerful Merlot
with a spicy, intense perfume. Flavors of blackberry, cocoa,
toasted espresso bean, and cherries of all types intermingle
in the mouth. Lively acidity keeps the wine refreshingly
balanced and interesting.
Roe Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon 03 $42/$37.80 is
new from Owen Roe this year. David O'Reilly is very excited
about this blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and
9% Cab Franc sourced from Walla Walla's Seven Hills Vineyard
Block 17. Block 17 fruit is also purchased by Quilceda Creek,
Pepper Bridge Winery, and Leonetti, and is considered one
of the best sources of fruit in Walla Walla. The wine shows
flavors of blackberry, cedar, and ripe, intense aromas. While
quite appealing now, it will benefit from up to ten years
of cool cellaring.
Van Duzer Rosé -
It can't be that much longer till warm weather when the dry Rosés start appearing. Jim Kalacek, winemaker at Van Duzer, makes one of the best, and for the first time, there's enough that we can sell it, not just hide away the couple of bottles he used to sell me for my own consumption.
Duzer Rosé 04
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