Fall 2016 Club Release Tasting Notes
Puffin Pinot Noir, 2013
The 2013 Puffin Pinot Noir presents more as a classic Pinot Noir from Burgundy than Oregon. Enticing aromas of smoke, dark cherries, violets and forest floor take you back to the birthplace of Pinot Noir. This delicate wine offers flavors of plum, blackberry bramble and spice in the mid-palate. This wine is nicely balanced, which gives it a long, clean finish.
The fruit comes from Pudding River Wine Cellars’ Estate Vineyard in Salem, OR.
At harvest, the grapes were de-stemmed to whole berries. In the cellar, this Pinot Noir was aged for 10 months on its original yeast lees in 100% french oak barrels (40% new barrels).
Enjoy Puffin Pinot Noir with including grilled salmon, portabella, turkey, burgers and tofu.
Puffin Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
Puffin Cabernet Sauvignon delivers lush aromas of blackberry, black cherry, leather and dried herbs. On the palate, this garnet colored cabernet has firm tannins and layered flavors of black cherry and blackberry, combined with flavors of mint, sage and cedar.
All of the fruit for this delicious wine is from the Spofford Station vineyard in Walla Walla (WA). , which is well respected for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
In the cellar, we blended a drop of Cabernet Franc (1%) into the Cabernet Sauvignon to provide complexity. 100% of this wine was aged for 9 months in oak barrels. Approximately 67% of the oak barrels were French and 33% of the oak was American.
Puffin Cabernet Sauvignon is food friendly and pairs nicely with a wide variety of foods, including grilled steak, brisket, beef tenderloin, hard cheeses, pasta with marinara sauce and meatballs.
Reustle Prayer Rock “Masada Bloc” Syrah, 2014
This beautifully colored wine has an inviting bluish-purple hue. Bursting with a potpourri of aromas and flavors of oak infused violet, black cherry, blackberry, pepper, smoke, cedar and bacon fat. Expressive tannins expand the mid-palate and highlight a unique tension between tannin and acidity which create its own unique personality.
All of this Syrah fruit comes from Reustle Prayer Rock’s Estate Vineyards in Roseburg, OR.
In the cellar, this Syrah was aged for 10 months in both French and American oak barrels.
This Syrah is a perfect match for barbecue ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, lamb, game and cured meats.