Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Red Wine Live Blogging #WBC12

One of our favorite features of the Wine Bloggers Conference is live wine wine blogging. This year in Portland it was another hit. Here are notes on the 10 featured red wines at our table.

  • Archery Summit 2010 Premier Cuvee 100% Pinot Noir. Beautiful beginning. $48. Raspberry and red fruit. Cinnamon stick.
  • Cornerstone 2009 Pinot Noir. Blended from five vineyard sites. Focused on making great Pinots. 14 months of barrel age. Changes structure and harmony of wine. $50.
  • Esporao Quatro Castas four grapes including Aragonez (Tempranillo) from Portugal. $17. A juicy value.
  • Decibel 2010 Pinot Noir Martinborough. $28. Cool climate Pinot. Ripe raspberry. Good structure.
  • Tapena 2010 Garnacha from central Spain. Wine design to share with friends and food. $10. Great barbeque wine also good with nuts and olives. Good fruitiness. Touch of Tempranillo.
  • Willamette Valley Vineyard 2009 Estate Pinot Noir. One of the best Pinot Noirs from our OR trip. This blends WVV's three vineyards. $45. Round, rich and gushing with fruit.
  • Sokol Blosser Evolution Red NV. Syrah and 12 other varietals. Blueberries and approachable. Designed for fun. $18. Soft and smooth.
  • Tendril 2009 White Label Pinot Noir. Small producer. Tony Rynders winemaker, formerly of Domains Serene. Plum, vanilla, wild raspberry. Yes!
  • Medlock Ames 2008 Red. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alexander Valley. Bell Mountain Vineyard. Leather, currant and chewy goodness. The berries rule! Organic. Planning Green Wine Day Oct. 19.
  • Jacob's Creek 2008 Reserve Shiraz, Barossa. Mulberry, chocolate and spice. Powerful fruit. $12.99.

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