By Jessica Yadegaran
Saturday, June 26th, 2010 at 6:01 pm in Corkheads.
2009 Mollydooker The Velvet Glove. Reasonably priced at $180 and scored as high as 99 points by Robert Parker, this is a pinnacle Shiraz. It’s a sexy powerhouse of velvety chocolate covered raspberries plus coffee and tar. Man, 15.5% alc!
2007 Trio Vintners Riot Red Table Wine. Yakima/Columbia blend o’ sangio, syrah, mourvedre w/ sniff of sweat? Decent balance. Good name. $18. Small production – 840 cases. Hope to expand to 1000.
Ponzi Cellars 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: Bit of sulfur dioxide. Tough to get around but beneath the fizz I sense notes of earth and cranberries. Sustainable. $35.
Stoller 2007 JV Pinot Noir. $25 Oregon pinot noir under screw cap. Merde! Jory Dundee soils. In. Love. Two year bottle age explains complexity. Well done, Dan Friedman!
2008 Stepping Stone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc. Acidity is a flavor and tannin is a feeling, says winemaker Craig Camp. Yes! This wine’s tannins hit you at the last minute – but they still hit you. Herbal and floral aromas and flavors$30.
Long Shadows Sequel 2007 Columbia Valley Syrah. Big gulp o sex. Aussie syrah w/ Wash fruit and French boss. Frackin’ smooth. Awesome.
Solena Estate 2008 Pinot Noir Hyland. True beaut. Jory minerals. Too high alc for Oregon pinot but fairly well integrated. Young. $50. 1971 vines. Old by Oregon standards. @solenaestate.
2007 Concannon Conservancy Petit Sirah. Livermore! Prune and molasses nose. Big tannins. Tastes like black plums. Lots o’ history here. $15.