Posts Tagged Oregon

2012 Diamondback Vineyards ‘Bella Forte’, Gold Vineyard, Oregon

This Port-style dessert wine can’t be labeled “Port” because it wasn’t made in Portugal. But trust us: If you love “the real thing,” you’ll love this Oregon version, crafted by a vintner (John Quinones) who was educated by Portugal’s... Read more

2012 Diamondback Vineyards Merlot, Rogue Valley

Bigger than most California Merlots, this wine is alluring from its aroma (cherries, blackberries) to its flavors (currants, more berries and cherries) to its finish (vanilla, mocha and still more fruit). MSRP: $75 (August 2016) Wine Lines... Read more

2014 Diamondback Vineyards Chardonnay, Oregon

A first impression of bright apple gives way to kiwi and tropical fruit notes as this fresh and creamy wine opens up. Still a “toddler,” Burgundian in mouthfeel, and gradually transforming into a more viscous style of Chardonnay. The finish is... Read more

2012 La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

La Crema has built its reputation on exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from California’s cool-climate viticultural areas. Now, it has added an Oregon Pinot Noir to its portfolio, and the 2012 Willamette Valley bottling will do nothing... Read more

2011 MacPhail ‘Roserock Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Nearly transparent neon coral in color, this Oregon beauty exudes aromas of bright red cherry, high-toned field mint, strawberry, sandalwood and vanilla. Quite tart on the palate, the mouthfeel is light and feminine, picking up some fine-grained... Read more

2011 Wine By Joe ‘Joe’s Secco,’ Oregon

The name may be silly, but the wine is serious. Winemaker Joe Dobbes makes high-end bottlings under his Dobbes Family Estate label. The Wine By Joe line is for approachable, well-made cuvees that are ready for today’s dinner table or evening... Read more

2010 Fausse Piste ‘Garde Manger’ Syrah, Oregon

Only 333 cases of this natural Syrah were produced by up-and-coming winemaker Jesse Skiles, a former chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America. His passion for Rhone wine-styles and his dedication to food is obvious in this lithe,... Read more

2004 Benton Lane Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Light nose of wild strawberry and green peppercorn, vanilla and orange rind. Sharp, drying finish. MSRP: $21.99 (November 2006) Wine Lines rating: 80 Group:... Read more

2003 The Four Graces Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley

Beautifully perfumed and seamless, with whiffs of honey, lime, minerals, and sweet, ripe fruit wafting in and out. Simply amazing! MSRP: $14.99 (June 2006) Wine Lines rating: 93 Group:... Read more

2004 Elk Cove Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Bright red berry and cherry fruit, accented by black tea and white pepper. Smooth on the palate. MSRP: $22.99 (May 2006) Wine Lines rating: 88 Group:... Read more