Monday, April 20, 2009

1st Ave Wine House April 20th Tasting

The weather didn't want to cooperate but an excellent evening tasting wines from Owen Roe Vineyards in Oregon and having the winemaker David O'Reilly on hand talking with tasters and signing bottles. We started off the evening with a 2007 O'Reilly Pinot Gri. Station 1 allowed us to taste the 2007 O'Reilly Riesling from the Wallula Vineyard. Next a 2007 O'Reilly Pinot Noir with grapes from the Willamette Valley. Station 2 upstairs brought the 2007 Sharecroppers Pinot Noir and Cabernet. Both excellent wines and the Cabernet was a purchase this evening (very smooth). On to station 3 where we tasted Syrah. 2006 Sinister Hand Syrah was the first. Excellent blend. Next the 2006 Ex Umbris Syrah which was lighter in color and taste but very good. The 2007 Ex Umbris Syrah was full bodied and explosion of flavor. The last wine at station 3 was the 2007 Abbot's Table Blend. Rich red wine that surprised me. The final station yielded 2 Oregon Pinots the 2007 Kilmore Pinot Noir and the 2007 Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir. Excellent berry flavors with the Amity Hills being slightly more earthy. Next a 2007 Solomon Hills Pinot Noir from California. Classic california Pinot. Finally the 2006 Lady Rosa Cabernet Franc. So much flavor in this wine (huge berry taste and smell). Excellent Night Traci.

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