Here are the wines I tasted this July and the notes and scores for each.
I tasted wines from Oregon, Washington, Argentina, and California in this review cycle.
Here are a collections of wines I tasted during July.
Cathedral Ridge Echo Vineyard Columbia Valley Petit Verdot 2015
A stellar and successful Petit Verdot. It is hard to get varietally label Petit Verdot right. It is easier to get it wrong than something that is not jut adequate but expresses this noble grape with elegance and beauty.
200 case production; 13.1% ABV
Scent: Blackberry, black cherry, Thyme, Bay leaf, and baking spices
Palate: Bramble berry confit, violets, pepper and Tarragon.
Cathedral Ridge Dampier Vineyard Columbia Valley Pinot Noir
From Oregon’s alluring Columbia Valley this comes from Hood River Oregon–pristinely beautiful region in Oregon. The vineyard is on the Washington side of the Columbia Valley–a region that Pinot Noir can comfortably call home and with successful for such appealing Pinot Noir.
Small case production: 400; vineyard is 1,000 feet above sea level in Underwood, Washington. 14.1% ABV
Nose: Loch Ness Blackberry, crushed red candy, violets, graphite and hint of pepper
Palate: mountain strawberry, blackberry, hint of white pepper, rose petal and Thyme.
Cathedral Ridge Columbia Gorge Necessity White Wine 2016
This wine is a composition of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Nose of green and yellow citrus zest and pulp, white flowers, almonds, and moist stones.
Palate of green apple, green pear and Adriatic fig, almond and flowers.
Next month in August I will be reviewing Cathedral Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon
Nieto Senetiner Blend Collection Mendoza Red Wine 2015
This wine is 55% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Franc and 15% Petit Verdot; 14% ABV
Scent: cassis, blackberry, moist red earth, leaves, suede and spice box.
Palate: Cassis, boysenberry, white pepper, Thyme and violets.
Concha y Toro Terrunyo Peumo Cachapoal Carménère 2016
Nose: tart red cherry, violets, dried herb and wood pile
Palate: early season cherry, mountain strawberry, pepper bay leaf, and Hoisin
Hess Select North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
This wine is low in ABV 13.5%; 35% new French and American oak for 18 months. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Scent: Blackberry confit, juniper forest, moist leaves on forest floor, and freshly ground spices
Palate: Blackberry, cassis, white pepper, Bay leaf and Cardamom.
Troon Vineyard Applegate Valley Whole Grape Ferment Riesling 2017
A dazzling Orange wine–in fact the first orange Riesling wine I have ever tasted. 15 year old vines, low ABV (11.5%) and skin contact makes for such a successful wine with plenty of vibrance and yet subtly so. Vibrant and exhilarating that can be served as an aperitif wine. This wine is available at $20.00 from the producer –an absolutely reasonable price point.
Nose: Yellow peach, dried fig, flowers, moist granite and beeswax
Palate: awash with vibrant and zippy acidity; mountain strawberry, Meyer Lemon, white flowers and moist stones.
Julia’s Dazzle Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Rosé 2017
An alluring wine with evocative nose and palate experience. This wine is 14.1% ABV.
Scent profile: mountain strawberry, lemon preserve, freshly cut flowers and hint of sweet spice
Palate: mountain strawberry, cherry, lemon peel, almond and crushed sea shell.
Nine Hats Columbia Valley Riesling 2017
Scent: heirloom apples, fruit orchard in autumn, Cinnamon and Cardamom.
Palate: seared Granny Smith apple, peaked Comice pear, Cinnamon and beeswax.
All of the above wines are courtesy of the producer.
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