Quite a while ago, we received a box of samples from our friend Mike who works with Balzac Communications and Planet Bordeaux. Since it was a lot of wine, and it’s not in our focus area, it’s taken us a long time to get these on the show, and we feel a little badly about that. But, this week, we were able to take an entire evening to taste through the case, and pick out a few that we wanted to discuss in a show. Most of you probably know that Dan had a hard time finding Bordeaux he enjoys, but Chas is more open to it, and drinks it fairly regularly. These are interesting bottles, because they’re all at entry level price points, and meant to do away with Bordeaux’s image of being inaccessible. The four we chose were the 2011 Chateau Freynelle Bordeaux Blanc, the 2010 Chateau Freynelle Bordeaux Rouge, the 2009 Chateau Laronde Desormes Bordeaux Superieur, and the 2009 Chateau Barreyres Bordeaux Superieur.
What was the last crazy dream you had (preferably wine related)?
February 23, 2014
We’ve been on a roll with Oregon Pinot Noir lately, but we suspect that that’s OK with most of you. While looking for wines this week, Dan came across two entry level bottles from some producers that also make very high end wines. We’ve enjoyed wines from both producers in the past, and were interested in how these two would turn out. We taste the 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Adelsheim, and from Evening Land.
What do you do during the winter?
February 17, 2014
This week, Chas picked up a bottle from Ayers because we always like trying their wines, and Dan picked up a bottle from Dopp Creek that neither of us had tasted. Both come in at right around $20, and we feel that quality Oregon Pinot Noir at this price point can take a little work to find. We taste the 2012 Ayers Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and the 2011 Dopp Creek Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
Do you know anybody famous?
February 10, 2014
Chas picked up a couple recent releases for this week’s show. We’ve enjoyed wines from both producers in the past, and were happy to see how good both of these were tasting. We taste the 2012 Bow and Arrow Medici Vineyard East Block Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir.
Do you know of a producer that does better in particularly warm or cold vintages?
January 27, 2014
Over the past couple of months, Dan tasted some interesting white wines to bring on the show. Most of the time, when you think of white wine from Oregon, you think of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and hopefully Riesling. But these two are out there as well. We taste the 2012 Suspension Muscat from Ovum Wines, and the 2012 Montinore Estate Gewurztraminer.
What was the last ridiculous thing you spent money on?
January 21, 2014
Our friend Beau has been on the show a number of times in the past. This year, he launched his Random Wine Company, and released his first two wines, and we’re happy to bring him on again to discuss them. We taste the Tempranillo and the Petit Verdot, and he talks a bit about the experience of making his first wines.
What type of grape do you want to learn more about in 2014?
January 12, 2014
We have tasted a few wines from Solena before, but knew that there were many that we hadn’t tried. Janel from Trellis Growth Partners contacted us a while ago to offer us some samples. We were excited to check them out, and after trying them, a few of the bottles definitely stood out. Both labels are projects of Laurent Montalieu, who has been a big figure in Oregon wine for many years, supplying grapes and winemaking expertise to a wide range of local wineries. For the show we selected 4 Pinot Noirs, the 2011 Solena Domaine Danielle Laurent, the 2011 Solena Hyland Vineyard, the 2010 Hyland Estates, and the 2011 Hyland Estates Coury.
When was the last time you were surprised by something you weren’t previously familiar with?
January 6, 2014
We had fun doing a show like this last year, and wanted to do it again. Chas picked out three bottles of sparkling wine from different regions, and we tasted them blind on the show. Two showed well, but unfortunately one of them was suffering from some sort of a flaw. Whether it was due to storage, packaging, or production, we’re not sure. The healthy two were the Marie-Courtin Resonance Champagne, and the 2010 Argyle Brut Grower Series. We still had a good time though, and we look forward to another year of wine videos! Thanks!
Should Dan continue to bleep Chas, or should he just let it roll?
December 31, 2013
We decided against doing wines outside of the routine for Christmas this year, and got into two more Oregon Pinot Noirs. Chas is eager to taste the ‘12s, and we picked up two bottles in the neighborhood of $20. We taste the 2012 Day Pinot Noir and the 2012 Haden Fig Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
What’s your favorite table top game?
December 23, 2013
While entry level 2012’s are on the market now, higher level 2011’s are still working their way out, with many being released over this past Thanksgiving weekend. For this week’s show, we check out two bottles in the $40 range from some local small producers. We taste the 2011 Conwill Yates Pinot Noir from EIEIO and the 2011 Catrall Vineyard Pinot Noir from Big Table Farm.
What do you want for Christmas?