Archive | October, 2011

Brief Wine Notes – Champagne Voirin-Jumel 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs NV

30 Oct

This 1er Cru (from plots in the Cote de Blancs village of Vertus) Champagne is made in a style that is at once both food and quaffing-friendly.  Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a nice light, bready, yeasty note and some chalky minerality.   Nose of green apple, white flowers, citrus, caramel, and almost a cinnamon spice note.  Palate continues with the apple and some stone fruit.  Fine and persistent mousse, long finish.

Brief Wine Note – 2006 Quercus “Theia” Chardonnay

30 Oct

Quercus is one of the many unsung small producers in Oregon, putting out wonderful Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.

The ’06 Chardonnay is a great representation of Burgundian winemaking style applied to Oregon fruit.  Notes of green apple, lemon curd, apricot, and stone fruits.  Hints of vanilla and butterscotch.  Intense minerality.

Fairly good dose of acid (medium ++), firm grip, and a LONG finish.

If I recall correctly, this was all Dijon Clone 76 fruit from the Temperance Hill Vineyard.

I understand that Michael Beckley (winemaker and owner) decided to pursue his music career and not the winemaking.  This bottle and bottles of his 2007 “Harmonia” Pinot Noir make me wish that he had kept making wine.

Brief Wine Notes – 2009 Kelley Fox Mirabai Pinot Noir

30 Oct

This wine is a beautiful example of balance – feminine, red fruit, delicate components from the Maresh fruit, more masculine, darker fruit, brooding elements from the Momtazi fruit.
Beautiful nose of red fruit – strawberry, red cherry, and currant, with a hint of smoky incense. The palate has a great complexity of flavors – there is the red fruit, and some darker fruit that eludes identification, with hints of white pepper that grow in prominence as the wine lingers on the palate. There is a minerality to the wine that is akin to what I associate with white Burgundy – wet stone as opposed to the turned earth I typically perceive with Pinot.

Everything is in balance… there is lovely fruit, mouth-watering acidity, silky tannins, and a very long finish.

Elegance with power.