Day 0 (July 14, 2010)
After driving 10 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, I checked into my hotel and relaxed for a bit before going out for a glass of wine. I ended up at Press a Wine Bar in Dundee with Mark at the tasting bar who, as it turns out, gave us a nice tour of Domaine Drouhin during our last trip. I ordered a flight of three pinot noirs and sought some recommendations from Mark about places we should visit.
Day 1 (July 15, 2010) - With John and Erik
I had made appointments at a couple wineries that we were disappointed to have missed on our last trip. We started at Beaux Freres (owned by Robert Parker, Jr. and his brother-in-law who runs the operation). Because we had the first tasting appointment of the day, some of the wines had been stored in the refrigerator overnight and were slow to open up as they warmed. We tasted four pinots, then headed into the vineyards with Rebecca, our host, with a promise of retasting when we returned. We were able to see vineyards that have been newly planted (phylloxera seems to be an issue in a number of areas we visited) as well as established vineyards while Rebecca explained the winery's winemaking practices. Heading back to the winery we visited the barrel room, then retasted the wines which had returned to an appropriate temperature and were showing better. Beaux Freres is doing a really nice job with Pinot Noir.
Our next appointment was at Brick House, which was the first Oregon Pinot Noir I ever tasted, about 10 years ago. Alan was a great host and he was tasting a 2007 and 2008 chardonnay which were quite different in style, as well as two pinots, both delicious. We were then treated to a barrel sample of 2009 gamay noir (Beaujolais) which was delicious and which I intend to purchase upon release.
Just up the hill from Brick House was Trisaetum, owned by an artist whose art is on display in the tasting room. The winery is fairly new and rather opulent, doubling, as I mentioned, as an art gallery. Our primary reason for visiting Trisaetum was to try their Riesling, which was good, not great, and their pinots were not particularly to our liking.
After leaving Don, we stopped at Penner-Ash, the antithesis to Vidon. The tasting room is opulent and pretentious and the wines were unremarkable (though some have received good ratings from the press) and pricey. It was getting late and we may not have been at our peak, but this is a winery I will not need to revisit.
|A view from Anderson Winery|