Friday, May 24, 2019

Carlos Loves Oregon Pinots

Carlos is always talking about how much he enjoys Oregon Pinots. We've enjoyed some, but mainly stick to California Pinots given that we mostly drink wine from the wineries we visit. We decided to give them a try. Temperatures kept us inside, and we chose to keep it simple, limiting us to 4 couples, including us. Unfortunately, we couldn't include all the usuals, but this did allow us to bring out one glass for each wine.

We started with a 2016 Domaine Serene, Dundee Hills, Chard. It was an excellent introduction into Oregon wines.


Results





B - 2015 Evening Land, La Source, Seven Springs Estate, Eola-amity Hills came in first place with an average of 3.25. I picked this up a year or two ago from the winery's website after doing some online research. I found out after that I could have purchased it via KnL and avoided the shipping and handling. It cost $75.

C - 2015 Domaine Serene, Evensted Reserve, Willamette Valley came in second place with an average of 3.24, although you could argue it was a virtual tie. In our tastings of Oregon Pinots this has always been a go to. I wanted to make certain it was represented so I brought one, telling everyone else not to bring it. It cost $75 at KnL.

D - 2015 Domaine Drouhin, Dundee Hills came in third place with an average of 3.11.
A - 2015 Domaine Drouhin, Dundee Hills came in fourth place with an average of 2.98. KnL lists this at $40.
There's a first time for everything! Carlos and Ling brought one of these, Ted and Shannon the other. Carlos selected a couple and the owners of the store said 'this one'. Ted said this was on a list of good Oregon pointers (5th he thinks); he went down the list looking for it in stock and this was first hit.

E - 2017 Resonance, Willamette Valley came in last place with an average of 2.67. Jose and Lili brought this. Jose picked this because Paul Gregutt ratings was 4.5/5 stars. He had never heard of Paul, but that was the only rating he could find. He paid slightly over $30 including tax.

Caveat


The wines were tasted at different temperatures. 3 were cooler, which allowed people to know more about the wines than they should have. To what degree this influenced the outcome is anyone's guess, but it no doubt did. Suffice it to say this will be addressed in future tastings. I don't know why this hasn't come up before.

Aftermath


The downside of one glass per wine is 3 or 4 dishwasher loads of glasses. It usually takes a week for our house to get back to normal after one of these events, but it's well worth it.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

2019 SF Chronicle Wine Competition Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Medal Winners

The 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition results are in. Congratulations to the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA winners on again creating some incredible Pinots.

Pinot Noir - $32.00 - $35.99


  • 2010 Muccigrosso, Santa Cruz Mountains, $35.00 - Bronze
  • 2017 Soquel Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains, Partners' Reserve, $35.00 - Silver

Pinot Noir - $36.00 - $39.99


  • 2014 Storrs, Santa Cruz Mountains, $38.00 - Bronze

Pinot Noir - $40.00 - $43.99



Pinot Noir - $44.00 - $47.99


  • 2017 Bargetto, Santa Cruz Mountains, Regan Estate Vineyards, $45.00 - Best of Class
  • 2014 Martin Ranch, Santa Cruz Mountains, Lester Family Vineyards, Therese Vineyards, $47.00 - Bronze
  • 2016 Sonnet Wine Cellars, Santa Cruz Mountains, Muns Vineyard, $45.00- Gold
  • 2016 Sonnet Wine Cellars, Santa Cruz Mountains, Black Ridge Vineyard, $45.00 - Silver
  • 2017 Soquel Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains, Saveria Vineyard, $45.00 - Double Gold
  • 2017 Soquel Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains, 30th Anniversary Regan Vineyards, $45.00 - Gold
  • 2017 Soquel Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains, Lester Family Vineyard, $45.00 - Silver

Pinot Noir - $48.00 - $52.99



Pinot Noir - $60.00 - $66.99


  • 2015 Apriori, Santa Cruz Mountains, Hicks Family Vineyard, $60.00 - Bronze
  • 2017 Bargetto, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mount Eden Clone, $60.00 - Silver
  • 2014 Kings Mountain Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains, Clone 13, $65.00 - Silver
  • 2014 Kings Mountain Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains, Bacchus, $65.00 - Silver
  • 2015 Partage, Santa Cruz Mountains, Coast Grade, $60.00 - Bronze

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Windy Oaks Named The Prince of Pinot's 2018 Winery of the Year

Congratulations!

Windy Oaks is a jewel of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

They take such good care of their guests at the winery. It's one of my first thoughts when entertaining visiting wine lovers. When enjoying their wine and picnicking on the ridge you find yourself asking, "Does it get any better than this?"

When my sister Kylie was getting married and I was put in charge of the wine, Windy Oaks was the wine I shared with the wine enthusiasts of Nebraska.

When I want to send wine for the holidays or a special occasion, Windy Oaks is my first consideration.

When that particularly hard to please guest is interested in a glass of Pinot, Windy Oaks is my go to.

Thank you for producing such great wine.

2018 Winery of the Year: Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery