2009 Lumos 5 Blocks Pinot Noir
Wren Farm is the estate vineyard of Dai Crisp and PK McCoy (owners of Lumos Wine Co.). Five Blocks Pinot Noir brings 4 blocks from Temperance Hill Vineyard to the same bottle as fruit from Wren Farm. Listen in to Jeff Weissler and Beverly McKenzie fall in love with this Willamette Valley Pinot.
The ’06 Janus Pinot Noir is the wine that first turned me on to Brooks. The ’06 thru the soon to be released ’09 are all wines worth searching out. Listen to this chat with winemaker Chris Williams talking about the ’08 Brooks Janus Pinot Noir.
2008 Dominio IV Pinot Noir Of Poetry and Roses
The seduction inside Pinot Noir from Dominio IV unfolds like a good book. Each has a style and personality that wants to keep you present to see what’s gonna happen next. Jeff Weissler and winemaker Patrick Reuter talk about “Poetry & Roses.”
Temperance Hill is a very special vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills that supports the unique celebration that lives in this wine. Brooks’ winemaker Chris Williams and Jeff Weissler (The ConsciousWine Guy) talk Temperance… Hill.
The name Montinore means Montana in Oregon. The original owners hailed from Montana and integrated that into their Willamette Valley property’s name. Today the winery is owned by father and daughter, Rudy and Kristin Marchesi (from my original neck of the woods, New Jersey).
Here’s a short interview with wine lover extraordinaire, Beverly McKenzie (my co-conspirator on The Pairing Channel Shows: The Menu & The Wine List, and Wine & Cheese), followed by our review of one of the best valued Pinot Noirs to be found in the state of Oregon!
I pulled the corks on 2 Dominio IV wines the same day and tried them side by side. They were both tight and I immediately wanted to know how they would open up with some air.
The ’06 Tempranillo was the tighter of the 2, showing oak on the nose, and fruit that wasn’t really ready to reveal itself.
The ’06 Syrah showed a beautiful texture but the flavors were also mostly hidden.
They were opened at Ambyth Estate, outside of Paso Robles, CA and 4 of us tasted them that day. I was a 12 hour drive from home and filled with intentions to try these wines again each of the next two days. Then came reality.
5 days after opening, it was time for fellow wine lover, Beverly McKenzie and myself to take another taste…
Each wine of theirs I’ve tasted has unfolded like a good book. The first sip and smell has invoked my curiosity. A few minutes later it’s reminding me of a wound up rubber band let loose (in slow motion of course).
After I’ve moved on to go do something else, then later come back to the wine… wow. Beverly McKenzie and I adventured in to one of their Pinor Noirs.