Wines of the Great Northwest
Join us at Urbano Cafe
Wednesday August, 16th 2017
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Raptor Ridge, Willamette Valley Pinot Gris (2015)
Harvest on the Pinot Gris vineyards began on September 15th and was completed by the 27th. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed. The fresh juice was clarified with a light bentonite fining before racking to temperature-controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks. A long, slow 84-day fermentation cycle allowed this vintage’s complex and layered aromatics to marry. At the desired balance point between residual sugar and acidity, fermentation was arrested by cold stabilizing for two weeks. The wines were gently cross-flow filtered, and sterile-filtered at bottling in early January.
J. Bookwalter Winery, Columbia Valley Scarlet Hexflame Rosé (2016)
NOSE: Malty and savoury, with layers of spice, damp grain and freshly baked bread. PALATE: Sweet and spicy, with caraway and brown sugar notes capped by cinnamon toast and a hint of sweet cream. FINISH: Very sweet, with sugar-dusted, well-buttered cinnamon bagels slowly fading to leave candied lemon and citrusy juniper.
Ovum, Take Me Home Pinot Noir (2015)
Based in Newberg, Oregon, husband and wife team John House and Ksenija Kostic focus solely on white wines, as they feel they are a better conduit for terroir than red wines. Rather than playing it safe with a formulaic method of winemaking, House and Kostic take great risks to allow each wine to speak distinctively of its terroir and its vintage. The winemaking itself is an homage to the past, making use of neutral barrels and concrete eggs for fermentation and ageing, and allowing spontaneous, wild yeast fermentations, sometimes lingering for months. The resulting wines are mineral driven, with rich, multi-layered textures and flavors.
Two Mountain Winery, Rattlesnake Hills Hidden Horse Red
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc opens with rich aromas of dark fruits, tobacco and white pepper followed by flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and vanilla framed in toasty oak. 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32%Merlot, 15% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc. 18 months in French and American oak .
Dussek, Columbia Valley Syrah (2013)
Dark color, good typicality with lively anise, tobacco and leather accent. Shows enough subtle acidity to stay well balanced. Lovely persistent finish. Double Gold Medal Houston Rodeo.
J. Bookwalter Winery, Columbia Valley Conflict (2013)
Supple, plush-textured and expressive, layering currant, plum, sage and white chocolate flavors on a polished frame, lingering deftly on the open-weave finish. Has tremendous presence. 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Syrah Conner-Lee Vineyard.