THE TPS WINE STAFF VS. DR. GONZO AND CAITLIN RICH: A LITTLE SHOW-AND-TELL WITH THE WINES OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS

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(Picture courtesy Dr. Gonzo)

Dr. Gonzo dropped in with Willamette Valley Vineyards’ rep Caitlin Rich on Tuesday for a little presentation to M., myself, Irish T, Christie Christie and the man we call The Weapon (and no, he is not a porn star):

Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2009.  Grade=Very Good.  Blended with a bit of Muscat and Pinot Blanc, this light, slightly sweet white is full of fragrant white flower and apricot skin, notes of lemon, peaches and melon on the palate, and finishes light and dry.

Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling Willamette Valley 2011.  Grade=Outstanding.  Lime zest, white peach and mint mix it up with a touch of petrol.  A sexy, light-bodied white wine.

Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011.  Grade=Outstanding.  This Beaujolais-style Pinot Noir is full of fresh red fruits, white pepper, cinnamon stick and crushed cloves.  Light-to-medium-bodied with soft tannins and raspberry and cranberry nuances on the finish.

Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  Smoky plums and spice notes are awash in this medium-bodied red, displaying red and black cherries, mulberries and tobacco throughout its fresh-fruited presence on the palate.

Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Elton 2009.  Grade=Very Good.  Lots and lots of cherry fruit amidst a dance party of Dr. Pepper, sour raspberry, menthol and black pepper notes, finishing up with vanilla and milk chocolate.

Williamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Tualatin 2010.  Grade=Outstanding.  A bit closed, this tight red displays loads of dark earth and fresh-picked pomegranate notes, hints of rose petal, black tea leaves, dark plums and slight mulch.

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