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Alysian 2012 Sauvignon Blanc — Floodgate Vineyard, North Face
This Alysian 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Floodgate Vineyard immediately says “refreshing” as a fog of condensation forms against a backdrop of pale straw color. Crisp and fresh apple, pear and pineapple aromas dominate the nose. Perfectly tart peach and nectarine flavors are closely followed by tropical pineapple and mango. The finish is smooth and bright, leaving a touch of apricot on the tongue.
A clean, vibrant and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc packed with wonderful stone fruit flavor. 91 points.
Alysian 2010 Chardonnay — Floodgate Vineyard, Clone 95
It’s a warm Sunday afternoon, and this Alysian 2010 Chardonnay from Floodgate Vineyard fits the bill perfectly, as fresh honeydew, nectarine and lemon aromas jump out of the glass. Its silky texture and wonderful balance make it very smooth and refreshing. Cantaloupe and peach flavors are punctuated by tart apricot. The finish is dry and subtle, leaving behind traces of honey and lime.
Overall this is a clean, smooth and extremely refreshing single vineyard Chardonnay. 93 points.
Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir — Russian River Selection
The aromas from this Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir are very intriguing… Grapefruit and cherry aromas tickle the nose as dark chocolate and toast emerge underneath. At first sip, the acidity tugs at the inside of your cheeks and causes your mouth to water. As the wine rolls toward back of your palate, there is an explosion of small berry flavors: blueberry, wild raspberry (the tiny, amazing ones you can never seem to pick enough of) and blackberry. It’s relatively light-bodied and tart, with an overarching spicy attitude. It comes full circle with a long finish, leaving strawberry and bitter chocolate flavors on the tongue.
This wine would make for a wonderful companion on any night. And at only $40, it makes for a great introduction to Gary Farrell’s craft. 91 points.
Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir — Floodgate Vineyard, Rock Hill
The Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir from Floodgate Vineyard (Rock Hill) has complex aromas of cranberry, clove, cedar wood and dark chocolate. Intense, tart berry flavors hit the front of the mouth as the weight of the wine settles toward the back and sides. There, the subtle sweetness in the wine emerges along with cherry, oak and baking spices. Raspberry and minerals linger on the long finish.
Overall an intriguing wine with intense fruit flavors and excellent balance and structure. 93 points.
Alysian 2010 Chardonnay — Westside Farms, Clone 4
The Alysian 2010 Chardonnay from Westside Farms (Clone 4) shimmers with a brilliant gold hue, greeting the nose with lemon, green apple and grapefruit aromas. This preview of tart fruit flavor doesn’t disappoint as citrus acidity ripples over the tongue. Weighty and silky smooth, the wine slowly yields tantalizing apple, nectarine and honeydew flavors and fades into a dry finish with a lingering apricot flavor.
Overall a fresh, tart and vibrant Chardonnay. 92 points.
Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir — Hallberg Vineyard, Crossroads
This elegant Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir packs intense aromas of raw strawberry, cherry and dark chocolate. At first, its flavors are concentrated together as the tartness of the fruit hits the center of the tongue. Then its complexity begins to unwind as tart blackberry and cranberry flavors emerge against a backdrop of bitter chocolate, stony minerality, oak and black pepper. The wine finishes dry while the tannins and acidity gently tug on the cheeks. Black cherry flavors linger after the wine is gone.
This medium-bodied Pinot Noir is complex, concentrated, and above all — highly enjoyable. 92 points.
Alysian 2010 Chardonnay — Russian River Selection
This pale gold-colored Alysian 2010 Chardonnay sways slowly and heavily in the glass, giving off wonderful aromas of lemon, melon, honey and a hint of toasted pine nuts. At first the rich body and gentle honey sweetness of the wine weighs on the tongue. Then tart lemon and plum flavors break through, which are in turn punctuated by a spicy bite of alcohol and some dryness toward the end. Peach and citrus flavors linger on the palate until the next satisfying sip.
Overall this is a masterfully blended Chardonnay from two different vineyards and three different clones. 93 points.
Straight Line 2009 Pinot Noir
As I uncorked this Straight Line 2009 Pinot Noir, I noticed quite a bit of sediment under the cork and inside the bottle neck. I was also surprised to see a fine haze in the wine as I poured it. Intrigued, I went to the winery’s website and read the winemaker notes. There I learned that the wine “received no racking, nor fining, nor filtering.” Interesting… I like it. There is nothing wrong with sediment, and it’s refreshing to taste a wine knowing it’s only as polished as it wants to be. Continue reading
Sheldon 2007 Deviant Velocity Petite Syrah
This bottle of Sheldon Petite Syrah has been hanging out in my cellar and giving me the eye for a while. I almost opened a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir, but there was the Sheldon again, watching me. Sheldon says that this is “the oxymoron wine… it whispers instead of screams.” Seems accurate so far. Continue reading