Posts Tagged Southern Oregon

These Snakes Won’t Bite: The Return of Diamondback Vineyards

By Bob Johnson Diamondback is back. John Quinones introduced Diamondback with the 1999 vintage, and kept the label going for three additional vintages. Being a full-time winemaker left little time for his own project, however, so Quinones... Read more

2005 Cliff Creek Claret, Southern Oregon

Light purple-plum color. The initial nose of cedar and menthol frames fleshy, dark, brown sugar-tinged fruit. On the palate, there are noticeable chunky tannins and a lively acidity. Enjoy now with a juicy steak, or cellar a few more years to... Read more

2006 Cliff Creek Claret, Southern Oregon

Purple color. Prominent aromas of cedar and menthol are followed by ample, jammy blackberries, black licorice and paraffin. In the mouth, the fruit flavors get additional complexity from a note of herbs. Nicely balanced, with smooth tannins, it is... Read more

2006 Cliff Creek Syrah, Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon has emerged as a prime area for growing lush, fruit-driven Syrahs. This is a good example. Aromas and flavors of raspberry and blackberry fruit, with a dash of black pepper. Sweet fruit dominates the palate. It is smooth, and the... Read more