Hiking through OSU’s Macdonald Forest to visit families. Babies, teenagers, baby boomers, grannies, and the graves of past generations. Families of fir and oak and cedar and maple and spruce and redwood and huckleberry and birch and buckhorn. This photo I took north of the Saddle last weekend sums it up for me. In the [...]
Every June that I’ve been at Avalon, I’ve held out for sunscreen days and one of my top ten Oregon Pinot noirs: Black Cap. This week they’re finally both here. Jason Lett’s Black Cap has gone from totally insider cult wine to kind-of-well-known insider wine! Successive 93 and 94 point ratings from Wine Advocate [...]
Read more about Ebony Wines and Chris Mazepink Read about the Oregonian’s recognition of the 2010 Ebony “The Quarry” Pinot noir on May 22, 2012. Tasted with Chris Mazepink yesterday – such a generous man, he spent quite a bit of time with me and my sister, who is visiting on vacation, and he [...]
We received more phone calls and emails about the Belle Pente Willamette Valley Pinot noir 08 than we have for ANY other 2008 Pinot. As it usually goes with really good wines that are under the radar, the wine was sold out before the New York Times chose it as their #1 2008 Oregon Pinot. [...]
Oregon Pinot noir from Black Cap is made by jason lett of Eyrie Vineyards. Jason Lett’s Black Cap Pinots have one thing in common across the vintages – every wine has aromas that produces a Pavlovian response…it makes you salivate for what you’re about to taste.
Northwest Rosé is a secret I’m loath to give out, there’s so little on the market. I’m in love with two that are as different as Yin and Yang. My Yin and Yang of Rosé are from Gilbert Cellars and Johan Vineyards. Washington’s Gilbert Cellars’ “Yin” is made from Mourvedre, and it’s an exotic revelation. [...]