Taste of Oregon Wine Club Selections: FebruaryWine Club February Release

Red Wine Club Members   ($46.71)

2015 Holden Dolcetto – Willamette Valley
Winemaker Sterling Whitted rents space with 5 other vintners at a closed down winery in Newberg where he produces his wines. The 2015 Dolcetto is fruit mostly from Jubilee Vineyard in Eola Amity Hills, with some fruit coming from the Columbia Gorge. Only 125 cases were produced and all bottles were hand labelled and hand corked, which is why there are dents and wine stains on the corks. The wine is about 30% whole cluster fermentation and aged in all neutral barrels, focusing on bright ripe fruit with a great acidic finish to balance out the wine. This is a great example of adventurous wine making!

2014 Spangler Claret – Umpqua Valley
Pat Spangler came down last month for us to taste some reds for the wine club and we decided that the 2014 Claret took the lead. This medium bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc, and Malbec is a wine that you can drink now or lay down for a few years. The wine is bursting with a lot of red ripe fruit and spice characters.

White Wine Club Members ($32.21)

2016 Scenic Valley Farms Gruner Veltliner – Willamette Valley
This is a fun white wine!! Grüner Veltliner is a dry white wine that grows almost exclusively in Austria. With flavors of green pepper and lime, Grüner Veltliner is an exotic alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.  Scenic Valley Farms’ Grüner is fermented 15% on skin & bottled in traditional green 1L crown-cap bottles. Notice the crisp notes of citrus & tannins.

2016 J. Scott Cellars Sauvignon Blanc – Willamette Valley
J. Scott whites have always been on our radar. They have some delicious reds, which we will try in a future release, but their whites always impress.   

“This bright and spicy wine tones down the grape’s propensity toward grassiness, showing instead peppery white melon fruit and a phenolic bite. Production has increased in recent years, making this rare Oregon example of this classic Loire Valley grape more widely available.”  PAUL GREGUTT (90 Wine Enthusiasts)

Red & White Wine Club Members    ($41.31)

2014 Spangler Claret

2016 Scenic Valley Farms Gruner Veltliner