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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Three Wineries in a four hours, our quick trip through the Applegate

Three Wineries in a four hours, our quick trip through the Applegate


The Oregon Wine Geeks made a sojourn out through the Applegate this Saturday.  We started off by having some really good Sushi in Jacksonville at Umi’s.  The sushi was wonderful and went great with a bottle of Sapporo beer. If you’re looking for something different in Jville this is a good place to try.

Our stops for the day were Schmidt Family Vineyards, Rosella’s Vineyard and Plaisance Ranch on the other side of the river.  I’m going to go through these in the reverse order that we visited them because we spent the most time at our last stop at Plaisance Ranch.  The scores on the wines are just ranges, a base starting number for a score if we were doing a full tasting.

Plaisance Ranch

This was our first visit to Plaisance Ranch which is on the south side of the river on the road to Williams.  Joe and Suzi Ginet are the owners and have a nice little tasting room.  They produce both wine and beef at the ranch and though I haven’t had the beef I’ve always thought they made excellent wines.  We not only tasted all their current releases but Joe took us and the rest of the folks that were in the tasting room into the barrel room for a barrel tasting of the 2011 reds.  What I can say about the 2011 is Wow, the Pinot is going to be very special and really good.  The Petite Sirah will blow your socks off when it’s done, the Cab Franc and Merlot will develop into winners as well.  The current releases include:

2011 Ginet Rose 87+
Ranch White, a non-vintage wine but Joe said it was all 2011, 89+
2011 Viognier 89+
2010 Merlot 90+
2010 Cabernet Franc 92+
2009 Syrah 90+

We really enjoyed our visit and it’s worth the trip to the other side of the river.  We also love Joe’s pricing structure $20 for Whites, $25 for reds.  I like how they keep it simple, we came back with both.

Rosella’s Vineyard

Our stop Rosella’s was really just to say hi to Rex Garoutte the owner and to pick up some of his sherry, red wine blend and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The 2009 Cabernet is really going be good after it gets some more bottle time.  We’ve already had a bottle of it and picked up another yesterday.  The actual release will happen very soon and then we’ll give it a full review then.  At its current stage it is 92+ and will continue to get better in the bottle.  I’d recommend you hold it for at least 6 months to a year before it really shows but if you’re like us it will probably go sooner.  We also had a taste of Rex’s red blends both are excellent and recommended at 88+.

Schmidt Family Vineyards

Schmidt Family Vineyards is always a nice stop to make in the Applegate.  They have a lovely facility for tasting and having a bite to eat.  We stopped today to really taste their World of Wine best of show wines.  We did get a chance to taste the 2009 Tempranillo but they were not serving the Viognier which also won.  I have to say we were not particularly taken with their other whites but the reds were a different matter, below are their scores:

2008 Tempranillo 87+ This wine is still very tannic and can age another 3 to 5 years and then will peak, it could get to 90
2009 Tempranillo 90+ This was best of show at WOW this year, it will also improve over the next 5 years
2008 Syrah 87+
2009 Zinfandel Port 89+
2008 Soule red Blend was unavailable for tasting.

It was a really nice afternoon tasting wine and we got back in town before the Duck game so all was right in the world.  But as the picture below shows we have a lot of tastings and wine reviews to do

Posted By: Ted Weldon & Tim Morton @ 1:28:33 PM


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

McMenamins Edgefield Winery

Back from up North with a short note about McMenamins Edgefield Winery

If you’ve never stayed at a McMenamins in Oregon you really must take some time stay at one.  In McMinnville they have redone an old hotel in the middle of town there which is right in the center of the Pinot region.  The estate at Edgefield in Troutdale East of Portland on the Columbia River is really a crown jewel of the group.  It has a par 3, 3 club golf course, a movie theater, Brewery, Distillery, and the Edgefield Winery in the basement of the main building.  There are great restaurants, bars, vineyards, spa, and much more.  I worked my way through tasting the current releases.  Twenty-three different wines, 8 Reds, 8 Whites, 2 Roses, 1 Sparkling, 1 Ice Wine and 3 red port style desserts.

I tasted them all and brought home some for formal tastings, These all penciled out better than 86 point on tasting but could all go higher when formally tasted:

2008 Merlot
2008 Black Rabbit Red, (Cab Sauv, Merlot blend with touches of other varietals)
2009 Syrah
2009 Pinot Noir Blanc (blush style Pinot)
2009 Chardonnay, (this is a Un-Oaked Chardonnay)
1994 LBV Fireside Zinfandel (Red Dessert)
2004 Fireside Syrah (Red Dessert)
2006 Fireside Zinfandel

Here they are soon to be tasted, only have about 20 in front of them but we’ll get at them in 2012.

Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 7:58:50 PM


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Pomodori event and Blue Lightning

Last night we were treated to an evening with Pomodori's Jeff and John as part of the club membership at Palmadori. the BBQ pork and the brownies made with wine were amazing! The wine was from Rosella's and included thier white, red blend, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as  Pomodori's label red blend.

The band of the evening was Blue Lightning an all girl band that are very talented and fun to watch! They will be playing next at
Deer Creek Vineyards in Selma, admission is $10.00.
If you have  a chance to get there, I recommend it!

Posted By: Tim Morton @ 8:21:56 AM


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