This Friday’s tastings look great, and there’s still time to update, but wanted to get this our a little early this week. Looks like a lot of reds in tasting rooms this week! But, still a couple have incorporated whites into their tasting.
Get out there and taste the wine!
Remember to ask for the deal!
Have fun! Be Safe! Salud!
1520 NE Alberta
Portland, OR 97211
Friday night flights (5-9pm)
Friday, September 30th
Harper Voit Winery & Kandarian Wine Cellars, OR; $15.
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
Friday, September 30th our “Friday Tasting” 5:00 – 7:00 pm, $5.00 fee
Mr. Mike pours highly rated 2009 Beaujolais (gamay noir) and some old-vine grenache from France and Spain and also a spectacular viognier:
All notes on Vissoux from Parker’s Wine Advocate:
1) 2009 Domaine du Vissoux -Fleurie “les Garants” Wine Advocate 92 Points $29.99 Dry red French
“Like his other wines of the vintage, Chermette’s 2009 Fleurie Les Garants – from lower down than Poncie and with southwestern inclination, but essentially the same soil – lacks the dark color that marks so many 2009s. Scents of fresh blackberry and purple plum adumbrate a generously juicy palate with a vivid sense of fruit pit and berry seed. The Poncie is cooler in personality though still full of energy, whereas the Les Garants is richer on the palate and more overtly (in this case black-) fruited. A pungent smokiness and tactile sense of stony underlying minerality characterize this wine’s positively gripping finish, and as it opens, elusive hints of spice and further minerality emerge. I would plan on following this outstanding value for half a dozen years, if not longer.” All notes on Vissoux from Parker’s Wine Advocate
2) 2009 Domaine du Vissoux -Fleurie “Poncie” Wine Advocate 91 Points $29.99 dry red France
“Vividly fresh red raspberry, blackberry, and rhubarb scent the Vissoux 2009 Fleurie Poncie, marking a striking contrast with the fruit character of its Brouilly stable mate. The high altitude and southeasterly inclination encourages a sense of refreshment and energy that – for all of their manifest virtues – one often seeks in vain among Beaujolais’s 2009s. Yet this is also silken in texture and its stimulating length tartly seductive, with salt, meat broth, and mint adding complexity. Plan on enjoying this over a 4-5 year period. Incidentally, it harbors only 13.2% alcohol.”
3) 2009 Domaine du Vissoux -Moulin a Vent “les Trois Roches” Wine Advocate 91 Points $25.99 dry red France
“The Vissoux 2009 Moulin-a-Vent Les Trois Roches – named for the Rochegres, La Rochelle, and Roche Noire sites south of Chenas – smells of fresh dark cherry and purple plum along with charred wood (though not necessarily from barrel). Rather restrained and laid-back on the palate, it nonetheless clings with authority, offering smoky, crushed stone, and saline mineral elements in a dynamic interchange with its concentrated fruit. This is likely to blossom beautifully over the next couple of years and be worth following for 5-7.”
4) 2009 Domaine du Vissoux -Beaujolais “Coeur de Vendanges” Wine Advocate 90 Points $21.99 dry red France
“From older vines – in this instance incorporating fruit both from the South and from the Beaujolais-Villages sector, near Brouilly – and vinified entirely in barrel, Chermette’s 2009 Beaujolais Couer de Vendanges smells vividly of fresh purple plum and cassis; is imposingly mouth-filling yet bright and buoyant (especially by the standards of the vintage, and despite higher-than-usual 13.3% alcohol) and finishes with persistent interplay of generously juicy fruit with salt, chalk, fruit pit, and iodine. This saliva-inducing beauty should remain delightful for 2-3 years.”
5) “Evodia” Old Vine Grenache 2009 $9.99 (100% grenache) dry red Spain
“Sexy, high-pitched aromas of strawberry preserves, black raspberry, minerals and pungent flowers. Concentrated but not at all heavy; sweet raspberry and blackberry flavors are lifted by a hint of violet. Very suave, especially at this price; finishes with silky tannins and excellent clarity. No jamminess here, which is pretty rare for inexpensive garnacha. These vines are reportedly planted at 850 to 1,100 meters altitude on slate and are more than 100 years old.” –International Wine Cellar 90 Points
6) Maxime François Laurent (Domaine Gramenon) 2010 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge “PourPre” $72.99 1500 ml (100% grenache from 50-80 year old vines) dry red France
“The Laurents use gravity-fed cuves and age their wines in oak demi-muids and foudres. That they take such gutsy risks as bottling old-vine fruit with so little sulfur, without fining or filtration, only demonstrates the lengths they will go to in order to highlight the freshness, purity, and intoxicating aromas of their small, rare production.” -Kermit Lynch
7) Domaine Gramenon 2010 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc “Vie on y est” $36.99 (–100% viognier) dry white
“Domaine Gramenon is located in the northern stretches of the Southern Rhône, in the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellation of Vinsobres, between Grignan and Nyons. Michèle Aubèry-Laurent works twenty-six hectares with her talented son, Maxime François (a rising star in his own right), farming both young and very old vines alike. They employ organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyards, with a strong non-interventionist stance in the cellars. Maxime François has begun flexing his own creative muscle, bottling two cuvées at the domaine under his own name.”
Mt Tabor Fine Wines
4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
Fridays between 4 pm and 7:30 pm
September 30th: The buzz is on. The Killer B’s are back! ($15)
Our own special version of the very special reds from Italy’s Piedmont featuring Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
SEPTEMBER 30TH! PINOT NOIR FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
Oregon, California, New Zealand & more!! $15.00.
The Cornell Wine Company
14740 NW Cornell Road #90
Portland, Oregon 97229
Friday evenings between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm
September 30 – Syrah from around the World
137 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
$10 for tasting, more for the additional Premium Pours
My friend Scott mentioned how zin really is America’s heritage grape. I couldn’t agree more. Obviously those old Italians who planted their zin vineyards around California really were on to something, and the new generations are continuing the good work, as we’ll prove once again tomorrow when we pop the corks on these bits of history….
2009 HEALDSBURG RANCHES Sonoma Zinfandel $10.95
NV MARIETTA CELLARS Old Vine Red $13.95
2009 EASTON Amador Zinfandel $17.95
2008 THREE WINE COMPANY “Old Vine “Field Blend” $17.95
2008 CLINE CELLARS Contra Costa Zinfandel “Big Break Vineyard” $22.95
FYI- you really don’t want to pass on these unbelievably delicious bonus pours, either. Just sayin’…..
2006 JOSEPH SWAN VINEYARDS Russian River Valley Zinfandel “Mancini Ranch” $29.95
2009 RIDGE VINEYARDS Dry Creek Zinfandel “East Bench” $27.95…92 pts-Wine Advocate
2009 RIDGE VINEYARDS Geyserville $36.95…94 pts- Wine Advocate
Vinopolis Wine Shop
1025 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
Friday, September 30th 4-6:30pm
Bistro Wine! FREE
Luneau Famille R de la Grange Muscadet S&M Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes 2007
Luneau Famille R de la Grange Muscadet S&M Sur Lie Grand R 2007
Domaine Joel Rochette Beaujolais-Villages 2008
Domaine Joel Rochette Brouilly ‘Pisse-Vieille’ 2007
Domaine Joel Rochette Morgon ‘Micouds’ 2007
Domaine Joel Rochette Regnie ‘des Braves’ 2007
Woodstock Wine & Deli
4030 SE Woodstock Blvd
Friday Sept 17, 6:30-9PM
What’s New Down Under
“This Fridayevening, get down to Woodstock Wine & Deli, as we’ll be featuring seven wines involving seven very distinctive varietals, hailing from four also(all so) distinctive wine regions, resulting in seven hugely diverse bottlings of great, great distinction, at extremely reasonable price points.
“We’vechosen these seven particular wines because they tend to distance themselves from Australia’s recent Robert Parker-driven stylistic excesses of overly ripened fruit and higher alcohol levels.”
Wines to be Sampled Friday Night;
Woop Woop Verdehlo 2010 – So. Australia
Tyrrell’s Semillon 2007 – Hunter Valley
Piping Shrike Shiraz 2008 – Barossa
Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Langhorne Creek
Ross “Lights Out” Grenache 2009 – Barossa
MollyDooker “The Boxer” Shiraz 2010 – McClaren Vale
Torbreck “Bothy” (a sticky) 2009 – Barossa
“So, come on down, check them out, and see what you think. See if we agree, or agree to disagree, or, oh never mind, just get here. Truancy will not be tolerated.”
World Class Wines
269 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
September 30th Value from California