Taste of Oregon Wine Club Selections: March

Red Wine Club Members  ($51.21)

2015 Rattlesnake Butte Vineyard Merlot

Ron Rezek, a well-known designer who started The Modern Fan Company in Ashland in 1998, planted his vineyard in 1999 on vacant land which would become his personal residence atop a steep, southwesterly slope near Emigrant Lake. This 2015 Merlot is made by Linda Donovan of Pallet Wine Company and has been a big hit in local blind wine tastings. The Merlot has big bright fruit but with very soft tannins making this wine very enjoyable to drink now. I must say that I’m a huge fan of 2015 Oregon reds.

2016 Brick House Gamay  

Brick House wines are estate grown in the vineyards surrounding the old brick house on Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley. The first vineyard block was certified organic in 1990. For centuries Gamay has been the singular grape of the Beaujolais region of France. But the marine sediments of Ribbon Ridge share much in common with the rolling hills of Beaujolais. I love Beaujolais, I love to say Beaujolais and Brick House did a great job creating a beautiful and elegant wine from this uncommon grape.  It is bright and floral with hints of anise. Gamay is a softer wine that will pair well with most foods, even fish.

White Wine Club Members  ($37.71)

2016 Day Wines Vin de Days Blanc

Brianne Day makes single vineyard wines with the goal in mind of capturing a year and a place in a delicious manner. The Vin de Days Blanc is an Alsatian inspired blend of 42% Pinot Blanc, 16% Pinot Gris, 16% Riesling, 14% Muller Thurgau and 11% Muscat. This enticing white was sourced from a number of organically and bio-dynamically farmed vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley. The texture of this wonderfully balanced wine is supple, round and energized by zesty acidity. The Vin de Days Blanc is a great food wine. The wine’s weight and the acid balance can pair with all kinds of hearty dishes and even be used as a dry dessert wine. Brianne’s wines have certainly been on my radar lately and I hope to share some of her reds in future wine clubs.

2017 Swick Wines Rosé Pinot Noir

Joe Swick is a native Oregonian who got into the wine business through selling wine in a specialty food store in Portland. He worked for Owen Roe, Sineann, Penner Ash and Domaine Serene in Oregon. He left Oregon for several years to work in California, Tasmania, New Zealand, Portugal and Italy. Swick Wines focus on very low input wines made from organic grapes. Essentially the wines are only organic grapes with nothing added other than (sometimes) a very small sulfur addition at bottling.

The 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir is 100% Pommard clone Pinot Noir from Cancilla Vineyard located northwest of Gaston, Oregon in the northwest tip of the Willamette Valley.  The vineyard is dry farmed and certified organic. The vineyard is also ocean influenced therefore the Rosé gives off a fun salty ocean smell. This Rosé is direct pressed and transferred to neutral French Oak barrels for fermentation and aging.

Red & White Wine Club Members  ($40.41)

2015 Rattlesnake Butte Vineyard Merlot  

2016 Vin de Days Blanc