the wine report, a few days late

We were out at the lake last weekend – Saturday was gorgeous and luckily we rowed before the wind kicked up; Sunday was colder, gray and windy. But we did get to have a couple nice dinners on the deck!

We keep saying that we need to stop at the Willamette Valley vineyard (it’s right on I-5, so we pass it every time we head out to the lake house) but I’d have to say that we were not terribly impressed with their Pinot last weekend.

5/6/2016
Willamette Valley
2014 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon, obviously
bought at Fred Meyer
We had this with hamburgers. Ruby color, cherry flavors up front. I thought this was a bit acidic, with overpowering tannins; Ted disagreed on the tannins but commented on “strong nasty flavors” in the finish. (Actually, he thought the wine might have gone bad, but it tasted OK to me.
Paula: 2.8 Ted: 1.8

On the other hand, we do tend to like Abacela (which of course is why we belong to their wine club.

5/7/2016
Abacela
2013 Albarino
Umpqua Valley, Oregon
from the wine club
With grilled salmon, sourdough bread and tossed salad. Apple aromas and flavors. A little tart, with light oak flavors on the finish. Tropical fruit notes at the start.
Paula: 3.0 Ted: 3.4

This coming weekend should be fun – we are going to a wine-blending event at Gran Moraine!

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