Feeling fortunate that Chehalem Wines didn’t close at 5 PM, we went into the tasting room for the day’s last official tasting. We had experienced a 12 Chardonnay of theirs the night before and really wanted to visit. It was busy due to the holiday, but thinning as closing time approached. The stations with each wine being poured had food pairings with them and still-cheerful people pouring – already a good experience.
- 2013 Corral Creek Riesling, from within the Chehalem AVA, is a delightful lemon-bar with just enough residual sugar (0.06) to balance the wine’s acid encouraging the citrus flavor and feel. This was a new release wine and we are happy we had a taste.
- 2012 Ridgecrest Pinot Gris, from Ribbon Ridge, is an Alsatian style Pinot Gris, light, fruit forward and crisply finished.
- 2012 Ian’s Reserve Chardonnay, sourced from Stoller Vineyards (wrote about them here), is citrus and apple with lots of baking spices and crusty bread with a fantastic mouthfeel and finish.
2013 Three Vineyard Pinot Noir, another new release, is a dark chocolate covered cherries and black tea on the nose with some bright, tart fruit on the palate.
- 2013 Ridgecrest Gamay Noir, their last new release for the day, presented a bold, rich mixed berry salad with a Chinese five-spice and pepper and a hint of earthiness.
- 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir from Ridgecrest Vineyard, is their reserve for a reason. Big, ripe dark fruit, tobacco and vanilla give way to a lingering, chocolate finish.
We had high expectations of this winery and they were met well; very happy we made it here.