2020 Sineann Pinot Noir Yates Conwill Vineyard, USA, Oregon, Yamhill-Carlton, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Another in a line of Excellent Pinot Noirs from this producer.  Stylistically, these tend to be big for Oregon, but would be on the smaller size for California (if that make sense).  Garnet in color with some purple hues, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, sour cherries, hay and slight earthiness.  Light tannins.  Great balance.  On the palate, lots of sour cherries with some cherries with underlying char and a hint of earthiness.  Long finish.  This is, of course, very young but already drinking well.  It would be better to cellar for ten years, and then drink over the next f

2021 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
85
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is light with cherry juice, slight rhubarb and slighter sour cherries.  Light to medium bodied.  No tannins.  On the palate, light red fruit.  Easy.  Moderate finish.  This is drinking well and should be drunk over the next couple of years.  It will work better but needs lighter foods.

2019 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Laurelwood District, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  Black cherries, some cassis, a bit of black pepper, and a dried floral note.  Medium to full bodied.  Light tannins. Nice mouthfeel.  On the palate, black cherries and cherries with spice and a slight earthiness.  Moderate acidity.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well and should continue for another seven to ten years.  Nice on its own, this also works well with food.  Chicken paprikash would be a good match.  

2021 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Nice to revisit this wine, it has been a long time since trying any vintage.  Light golden in color with just a touch of green and also copper hues.  Clear and bright.  The nose has peach, honeydew melon and slight spice.  Medium bodied.  Slightly viscous.  On the palate, the honey dew comes out with just a bit of sweetness and some underlying tea leaves.  Good acidity. Nice finish.  This is drinking well and should continue to do so for another three to five years.  It will work with lighter foods and also worked nicely with assorted Chinese foods.  

Argyle 2018 Vintage Brut Sparkling Wine

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Founded in 1987, Argyle has always considered sparkling wine to be one of their mainstays. With a mild carbonation and light fresh flavors, not to mention a good price tag, this is an easy decision for your sparkling needs. Light notes of lemon, quince, green apple, just-baked sourdough, a touch of lime zest and tangerine peel make this a delightful wine. Comprised of 52% Chardonnay and 43% Pinot Noir, a little Pinot Meunier rounds it out. Aged in stainless steel with just 20% in neutral oak allows the bright expressive flavors to come through while allowing for a nice bit of mouth feel.

2008 Hamacher Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, USA, Oregon, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

A lot of people will tell you that Oregon Pinot's do not age well.  Nonsense.  At age 14, this is still young and vibrant.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a bit of VA which mostly blows off leaving fresh cherries, slight cranberries, and slight woody notes.  Full bodied.  On the palate, bright black cherries, cherries and slight spice.  Tight complexity.  Long finish.  This should continue to mature and drink well for another ten to fifteen years.  Excellent on its own, this would work better with food.  Roasted chicken is a nice choice.  

Siduri 2020 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

One of the things that distinguishes Oregon Pinot Noir from much of California is there is an earthiness that California does not possess. This 2020 certainly offers bright and expressive Pinot fruit – strawberry, Bing cherry, red raspberry, along with pomegranate and cola notes, but also an earthiness similar to mild mushroom. The acidity is in check, the fruit and oak nicely balanced, and you’re left with a solid wine that reflects its place of origin.

2020 Sineann Pinot Noir "TFL", USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is made in 375ml bottles.  It is a blend of various Pinot Noir's that are bottled as single vineyard releases.  This is of course still a bit young and while good, it seemed lacking a bit compared to prior vintages.  Deep garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose has sour cherries and char.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, there is solid sour cherry fruit.  Not much in the way of nuances but hopefully as it ages, it also develops more.  It would be better with food.  Salmon would work well.  

2017 Sineann Pinot Noir Wy'east, USA, Oregon, Columbia Gorge, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Deep rub y in color, clear and bright.  The nose has nice cherry fruit with some baking spices.  With air, black cherry fruit emerges.  Full bodied (especially for a Pinot Noir).  On the palate, cherries and black cherries.  Some depth.  It keeps opening with more and more air.  Light tannins.  This is accessible now but should continue to mature and evolve for the next fifteen years.  It just depends on how you like your Pinot Noir.  Great on its own, this would work great with roasted duck or chicken (or turkey).  A really nice value in Pinot Noir.  

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