My Latest in Santa Cruz Mountains Winemaker Association “Meet the Winemaker” Series

Delighted to learn that Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrower Association‘s April 2018 “Meet the Winemaker” series features my profile of Silver Mountain Vineyards, a leader in sustainability.

Read more here.

Don’t forget:

April 21st is Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Celebration Day!

 Like discovering new wines? Like meeting artisan winemakers?

What are you waiting for?

Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Celebration Day is for you!

Learn more here.

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Happy Thanksgiving | Live from BKWine Magazine

Happy Thanksgiving | Live from BKWine Magazine

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™

Inspired stories about wine and taste makers.

By L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Dear Readers:

This week, my wine writing cornucopia overflows, including a glorious interview with Véronique Drouhin-Boss about her latest Oregon project, Roserock Drouhin Oregon in Eola-Amity Hills, a sampler of the wines, plus a special tasting of her wines from Domaine Drouhin Oregon in Dundee Hills.

Moreover, I’m thrilled to introduce my newest wine maker series for BKWine Magazine, this one focusing upon  – you guessed it – Oregon artisans.

Here’s a link to my BKWine Magazine exclusive interview with Craig Camp and Steve Hall of  Troon Vineyards – Applegate Valley AVA, Southern Oregon.

And here’s a link to my BKWine Magazine Troon Wine interview  – the Swedish translation.

So much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday, including you.

Thank you so very much for the opportunity to share inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers, stories about true heroes who struggle to hand-craft exquisite works that enhance our lives on celebrations like today.

Thanks, too, for your ongoing appreciation of these artists and their stories, many over-looked by the main-stream media.

Please enjoy, and happy holidays!

Link to my exclusive interview in BKWine Magazine with Troon Wines here.

Link to BKWine Magazine Troon interview – Swedish translation – here.

The Hedonistic Taster | № 12b Special Edition | Domaine Drouhin Oregon

The Hedonistic Taster | № 12b Special Edition | Domaine Drouhin Oregon

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 12b Special Edition

Domaine Drouhin Oregon

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate tasting format.

The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.

Santé!

Today’s Special Edition Tasting:

Domaine Drouhin Oregon | Dundee Hills, OR.

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Welcome to a Special Edition of The Hedonistic Taster

In honor of the US Thanksgiving holiday, please enjoy these special pours from Burgundian wine maker Véronique Drouhin-Boss of Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO), wines provided in conjunction with my recent exclusive interview featuring Roserock Drouhin Oregon.

Drouhin-Boss’s wines unfold on the palate with a lithesome charm, offering attractive pairing options during the holidays.

Amazingly, these wines run between $35-$45, tremendous finds for any Grand Cru or premier Willamette Valley Pinot Noir lover. Moreover, they age beautifully – a bonus for collectors.

Please enjoy – and happy holidays!

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The tasting notes today reflect the wines I sampled from Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO), the family’s Oregon estate established in 1987 by father Robert Drouhin, where Veronique has spearheaded wine making since 1988; she also oversees the winemaking at her family’s Burgundy domaine Maison Joseph Drouhin, in addition to the Roserock Drouhin Oregon project. Her brother, viticulturalist Phillipe Drouhin, oversees all wine growing operations on their LIVE-certified estates in Oregon, and in Burgundy.

Drouhin-Boss describes the wines of Domaine Drouhin Oregon as “flirting with Chambolle-Musigny” one of only two Burgundian Grand Cru (the other is Corton) AOC’s allowed to produce both red and white wines, wines of perfumed finesse.

Indeed, the wines of Domaine Drouhin Oregon very much live up to their estate’s adage: “French Soul, Oregon Soil.”

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Wine: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur Chardonnay | Dundee Hills, OR.

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14.1%

Suggested Retail: $35

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Luminous straw robe.

Nose:  Aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, citrus.

Palate: Subtle white florals and lemon curd on the mouth. Balanced, ample bouche, with an elegance and refinement that calls to mind Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque № 3 in a glass. Supple finish. Age-worthy 4-5 yrs.

Suggested Pairings: A versatile wine suitable for creamier dishes and traditional cuisine, as well as lighter, seasonal fare.

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Wine: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir | Dundee Hills, OR.

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14.1 %

Suggested Retail: $45

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Deep garnet robe.

Nose:  An intoxicating mélange of red raspberry and cassis, dark cherry and plum, baking spice, and roses.

Palate: An intricate, silky millefeuille of savory spices, black fruits, smokey cherry, and hint of evergreen that unfurl on the palate with light-bodied elegance, transforming into a seductive, velvet finish. Age-worthy 10-12 years.

Suggested Pairings: A go-to for any holiday table serving game, fowl, roast beef, or pork loin. For the non-traditionalist, bœuf bourguignon.

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“Hand-Harvesting’s Rage Against the Machines” | Wine-searcher.com

“Hand-Harvesting’s Rage Against the Machines” | Wine-searcher.com

Dear Readers:

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I’m thrilled to announce my feature in Wine-searcher.com:

 “Hand-Harvesting’s Rage against the Machines.”

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The Hedonistic Taster | Lenné Estate 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

The Hedonistic Taster | Lenné Estate 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

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Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of artisan wines.

Today’s Tasting:

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Lenné Estate | 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

Blind taste the wines of Lenné Estate, and you find any preconceived notions about ‘Oregon Pinot Noirs’ dropping away. Tasting Steve Lutz’s wines from Lenné Estate brings me back to Burgundy – to purity of fruit, expression of site, and a complexity that invariably makes me smile. Yet these wines have their own stories to tell. This is one of them.

You can find out more about the story behind Lenné Estate’s hard-fought road to success here in my article about owners Steve and Karen Lutz in Oregon Wine Press.

WineLenné Estate Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14.2%

Suggested Retail: $38.00

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Translucent ruby robe.

Nose: Red raspberry, cherry, white mocha.

Palate:  The estate’s  ‘entry’ level cuvée comprises one half  Pommard clones, and the other half of clones 115, 114, 777, and 667. Do not confuse this  consumer-friendly wine with their secondary label,  Le Nez.

Nothing ‘entry level’ about this wine. Light body, silky tannins, balanced acids, elegant medium-length finish.

Suggested Pairings: This wine sings its own song, and for the price, you’ll be singing, too. Reminiscent of a well-made Santenay, with a lightness and warmth that lends itself well to an Indian Summer repast of salmon and salad, but also a subtlety that shifts right into more complex fall and winter fare. Truly a wine for all seasons.

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Link here to my previous Lenné Estate tasting notes.

You can find out more about the story behind Lenné Estate’s hard-fought road to success here in my article about owners Steve and Karen Lutz in Oregon Wine Press.

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The Hedonistic Taster | Schug Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Carneros

The Hedonistic Taster | Schug Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Carneros

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 11

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of artisan wines.

The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.

The Hedonistic Taster allows me the opportunity to introduce you to some gorgeous pours through this intimate tasting format.

Santé!

Today’s Tasting:

Schug Winery | 2014 Pinot Noir, Carneros

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Wine: Schug Winery Pinot Noir, Carneros

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 13.8%

Suggested Retail: $30

Specs:

Vineyards: 29% Schug Estate, 27% Iund, 26% Sangiacomo, 17% Ricci, 1% Brown.

 Harvest Dates: August 26th – October 1st 2014

Sugar at Harvest: 24.5 degrees Brix, average.

Fermentation: Six (6) to eight (8) days in stainless steel punch-down and rotary fermenters, with cap immersion up to three(3) times daily.

Release Date: November 1, 2015.

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Clear, deep garnet robe.

Nose:  Cherry cola, red currant, basalt nose.

Palate: Cranberry, red cherry, leather on the palate. Well balanced with mild tannins, bright acids, and a lively minerality.

Suggested Pairings: Burgundy Lovers: This one’s for you. You want this wine. You need this wine. It has all the characteristics of a Premier Cru Bourgogne Rouge from Mercurey without the price points or import hassles. Suitable for sipping any season, served with any fare, but this one pairs especially well with salmon.

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On the Road…Again

On the Road…Again

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™

Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers.

by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML

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Lake Washington. | Image: L.M. Archer

I’m on the road right now, visiting Oregon and Washington State for the balance of the summer.

Please check back soon for more artisan wine maker interviews, plus #WineStudio virtual tastings every Tuesday this August from 6-7 pm…cheers!

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