Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday Flights - A Wine Tasting Event

FRIDAY FLIGHTS - Hollywood Wine & Espresso, Portland OR (2/15/2008)

Hosted by Hollywood Wine & Espresso shop in Portland, Oregon and featuring Oregon winemakers Rich Cushman of Viento Wines, and Tim Schechtel of Erin Glenn Wines.

Viento Wines

Poured by Viento winemaker Rich Cushman

  • 2006 Viento Verona - USA, Oregon, Columbia Valley
    A blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, this white blend had me thinking "Caymus Conundrum" on first sip. Nice light sweetness, smooth acidity, and bright fruit flavors. I would enjoy tasting this next to a bottle of Conundrum! (86 pts.)

  • 2006 Viento Riesling - USA, Oregon, Columbia Gorge
    Incredibly sweet, even for a Riesling. Lots of sugar that just coats the mouth. Nice flavor, but not for me. (85 pts.)

  • 2005 Viento Sangiovese Cuvée Tuition - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
    Nice and light, great berry fruit on the nose, which carried over to the palate. Integrated tannins. Wine of the flight. (88 pts.)

  • 2004 Viento Syrah Cuvée R - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
    Smooth, fruity, light tannins. Very quaffable. (87 pts.)

  • 2005 Viento Barbera Lonesome Spring Ranch - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
    Dark fruit on the nose and palate. Long, highly tannic finish that drys the mouth thouroughly. (87 pts.)

Erin Glenn Winery

Poured by Erin Glenn winemaker Tim Schechtel

  • N.V. Erin Glenn Tantrum - USA, Oregon, Columbia Valley
    An interesting blend of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Barbera. Heat on the nose, along with cherries. Big cherry fruit attacks the palate. Nicely integrated tannins that are so smooth they are barely detectable. A great food wine. (85 pts.)

  • 2006 Erin Glenn Tempranillo - USA, Oregon, Columbia Valley
    Smooth and fruity with slightly dry tannins on the finish. (85 pts.)

  • 2005 Erin Glenn Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, Oregon, Columbia Valley
    Heat on the nose, nice raspberry fruit hits the palate and coats the mouth. Excellent tannins on the finish. (87 pts.)

  • 2005 Erin Glenn Syrah Blind Dog - USA, Oregon
    Spicy nose of pepper and chocolate, with some berry undertones. On the palate, I get smoked meat, melon (!) and nicely integrated tannins. Wine of the Flight. (89 pts.)

  • 2006 Erin Glenn Gewürztraminer Estate Late Harvest Gemini - USA, Oregon, Columbia Gorge
    Wow. I was expecting this to be your typical super-sweet dessert wine, but the spiciness of the Gewurtz is amazingly refreshing. A sweet-spicy combo is like a 1-2 punch: Very effective! (88 pts.)

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