"The friendliness is natural, it's regional and it's contagious.”It's a little bit of
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Going back to the first paragraph regarding the "friendliness" to be found while traveling through the Oregon wine-scene, he's so right on point, it should be said with an exclamation point. When Mrs. Cuvee and I first traveled to Oregon to get our Pinot-on, it wasn't long before we remarked to each other, "Wow, this place is really friendly" in a Mayberry kind of way. We were strangers and we were from the Californication down south, but no matter we were treated like welcomed guests and it's a memory that lives with my wife and I every time, we pop the cork on one of the many Orgundian gems we brought home from that trip.
While many folks who have never visited
Lastly I wanted to highlight a great producer who graciously shipped me a couple samples of what's new [or at least new to me] on the Orgundian wine scene. These wines come to me from a producer of whom I was not familiar with and one of the very first producers from
Now that said, it's with no further ado, that I introduce you to R. Stuart and Co. Winery and Winebar located in the delightful town of
2009 Big Fire Pinot Noir: Once in the glass you'll find a lightly colored garnet core, which fades effortlessly to the rim. Sticking my fat nose in the glass, I easily found wafting up out of the glass, inviting aromas of raspberry, dried cherries with a hint of gentle spices. Taking in my first big-gulp, warm rich-earth, dark plum, ripe strawberry and just a splash of cranberry, spills across my palate with nice length and precision. This PN weighs in 13.4% abv, has a palate pleasing fruit to acid balance, representing wonderful Oregundian effort for the budget-conscious vino-sapien. This wine sells for SRP of $19 and I scored this wine 90 points.
2008 Autograph Pinot Noir: Wowsers, this wine is multi-layered, a Pinot Noir reminding me of my newly found love for the "Blues" via Buddy Guy and other similar super-stars. This is the kind of music and the kind of wine, that gives you time to think, as you watch the wine evolve, the music will strike a deep chord in your thirsty soul. This is the kind of wine that puts me in my ambitious-boy recliner, with over-sized head-phones on, melting away all the days’ activities. This wine, this Pinot Noir is a blend of too-many to name here relatively young vineyards [exciting].
Once you pop the glass-closure off the top of the bottle and pour yourself a glass, you'll find a bit more here than may be anticipated. This wine sells for $38 and I scored it 92 points.
Look: This Pinot Noir glistened and shimmered in the glass like gentle rose petals falling upon a silk-pillow, conjures vic-secret commercials [oh-my] and staring back at me from the glass; a lithe shade of crimson in the core fading to a silky cerise rim [no really].
Smell: The aromas of barnyard type rustic smells wafted effortlessly from my glass, with a strong under currant of rich spices and fragrant red berries enveloping my senses and tempting my palate, like the coming attractions of summer blockbuster.
Taste: So after I finally take a sinfully huge gulp, my palate is struck by rich black cherry, raspberry, dusted rich vineyard earthiness. The key word on this wine is seamless, immediately expressive rich sandalwood spice, black cherry, fruit tart explosion and a really nice balance, acidity and elegant mouth-feel, departing with a wondrously long finish. A fab wine, that will make a believer out of you, enjoy.
Mrs. Cuvee and I are super excited about the upcoming conference and I can't wait to meet all our new friends, especially the many folks I only know through twitter, get reacquainted with others, hob-nob with great producers, thank all the folks that helped make this years event possible, listen to some great talks from folks I admire in the wine-biz, mingle with old-friends who've known for years now, seeing this is going to be my fourth conference, let's light this candle.
I hope all the folks who can't make it this year will tune-in on the #WBC12 hashtag to see all fun conversations and impressions from this years attendees. For everyone else who will be there, I look forward to seeing you all very soon, cheers!