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Featured Wine

 

Below are the April, 2008 Featured Wines for the Wines by Jennifer Wine Club.

 


White Wine


2006 WillaKenzie Estate Grown Pinot Gris

Yamhill-Carlton District

Willamette Valley, Oregon

 

2006 WillaKenzie Estate Grown Pinot GrisWillaKenzie Estate is a family-owned winery dedicated to making great wines from the Pinot family of grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, and Gamay Noir.

There are 18.4 acres of Pinot Gris (planted in 1992, 1993, and 1995) in several different locations on this cattle ranch-turned-estate. All of the grapes are estate-grown using sustainable farming practices. The goal of the winemaking is vineyard expression, producing wines that truly reflect the unique qualities of the place where the grapes are grown.

Because the goal is to produce white wines that fully express the characteristics of the fruit, this Pinot Gris is made entirely in stainless steel, with no malolactic fermentation and no barrel aging.

In their gravity-fed winery, the 2006 Pinot Gris was made in a rich and complex Alsatian style. Whole clusters were pressed, and after cold settling of the juice, it was inoculated with yeast from the Alsace region, chosen to enhance the fruit’s aromatics. The juice was then fermented in stainless steel tanks slowly and at low temperatures to optimize the freshness and subtlety of the fruit.

A beautiful golden color and aromas of white peach, mango, honeysuckle, starfruit and flint characterize the 2006 Pinot Gris. Lush and silky in the mouth, this wine has great intensity and balance with enough acidity to make it especially compatible with Asian foods such as curries, white fish including halibut and sole, seafood bisque and chilled melon soup.

Drink it now and over the next five years, and serve it moderately chilled.

93 Points - Wine & Spirits, Dec. 2007
Best Oregon Pinot Gris - Food & Wine, Dec. 2007

Natural boundaries and the Willamette River create the 100-mile long, 60-mile wide Willamette Valley, home to more than 300 Oregon wineries and many wine shops. Coolest of Oregon's wine regions, this elongated, "V"-shaped Valley is bordered to the north by the Columbia River, to the south by the Calapooya Mountains (south of Eugene), to the east by the Cascade Mountain foothills, and to the west by Oregon's Coast Range. Most of the wine grapes grown in the Willamette Valley come from vineyards located on bench-land hillsides in the western portion of the Valley.

Considered to be a cool wine-growing region, the Willamette Valley's climate is suited to a narrower range of wine grape varieties than many other American wine regions. Its average temperatures are cooler than 75% of Washington's wine growing areas...not surprisingly, since almost all Oregon wineries are located to the west -- the "wet side" -- of the Cascade Mountains, while most Washington wineries are located to the east of the range. The Valley's climate is particularly well matched to the early-ripening Pinot Noir grape, for which Oregon wineries in the region are well known.

When the Willamette Valley AVA was first authorized 1984, its geographic description included some 3.3 million acres! Twenty years later, winemakers and wine growers succeeded in submitting applications for approval of six sub-regions within the Willamette Valley, to better describe micro climates proven over the years to be distinctly suited for the growing of wine grapes. McMinnville Foothills, Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, the Yamhill-Carlton District, Eola-Amity Hills District and the Chehalem Mountains were all authorized as official American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in 2005 and 2006.

Oregon Wine Map


Red Wine

2005 Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley, California

 

2005 Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon Educated Guess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is Roots Run Deep Winery’s first release and flagship wine, crafted from grapes grown in the prestigious Napa Valley wine districts of Yountville, Oakville, and Rutherford. The two primary sources for the Educated Guess Cabernet are Beckstoffer Vineyards in Rutherford, and the Napa Wine Company in Yountville and Oakville—whose grapes are 100% organically grown. The wine is made in Oakville, California at the Napa Wine Company.

The blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot, and 1% Malbec is aged nine months in French oak and three months in American oak. Rich, ripe and focused with juicy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, this delicious wine is all tied together with a creamy french vanilla middle and a lingering finish.

At Wines by Jennifer, we have done the "Guesswork" for you, and provided one of the richest, ripest and most complex Cabernet Sauvignons you can buy for the money.

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Wines by Jennifer is also proud to announce our new "Cellar Club", featuring a new wine each month suitable for long-term aging. Call the shop and ask for Jennifer for all the details on this exciting new Club, or visit our Featured Cellar Club Wine page for details on this month's selection.

 


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