Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Great Article in OregonWine.com about Carlton

Featured Story

by Jim Gullo

My friend Carol was visiting from Los Angeles, so naturally I drove her down NW Westside Road, the back way from McMinnville to Carlton, and naturally she gasped and cried out, "I want to move here!" We passed amazing grain silos and an enormous, white farmhouse, and the green fields, I told her, turn bright purple in May when the red clover plants mature, before they're harvested for seed. We passed the meat-packing plant, the town's park and ballfield, and when we crossed onto Main Street, Carol gasped again, because Carlton is an utterly picturesque collection of old brick buildings, and they're all full of wineries and tasting rooms.

"I want to live here," she repeated, remembering the traffic and congestion of southern California. It had taken all of thirty seconds for her to be seduced by Carlton's charms. Easy.(more)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Yamhill Carlton Tasting Event at Portland Armory

One of the coolest tastings you can find takes place in Portland at the home of PCS on the 30th of August.
I just found out that the Ghost Hill '08 Pinot Noir is down to 5 cases so this may be the last chance to taste and buy this remarkable wine! The Yamhill Carlton Winemakers all get together and show off their wonderful wines. It will only cost you $25 if you book now and $35 at the door, but my advice? BUY NOW!
Here is the list of wineries:
Alexana Estate Vineyard & Winery*
Anne Amie*
Atticus Wine
Belle Pente
Biggio Hamina Cellars
Carlton Cellars*
Carlton Hill Vineyard
EIEIO & Company
Elk Cove Vineyards*
Ghost Hill Cellars*
Ken Wright Cellars*
Kramer Vineyards*
Lemelson Vineyards
Lenne’ Estate*
Lunimous Hills/Seven of Hearts
Merriman Wines
Panther Creek Cellars*
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars*
Solena & Gran Cru Estates*
Soter Vineyards
Stag Hollow*
Wahle Vineyards & Cellars
WillaKenzie Estate Winery*

*Donated "One Bottle" in the past

Another Great Vintage from Bergström

I got this today in an email from Caroline, such good news for them! They always come through with spectacular wines. They are a real gift to the Oregon Wine industry.

Another Great Vintage from Bergström
as Reviewed by Wine Spectator!
We are delighted to share with you our latest scores from the Wine Spectator.
As we anticipated our estate vineyards have been recognized as the crown jewels of our portfolio. de Lancellotti Vineyard has been recognized by Harvey Steiman in the “HOT WINES” section of the Wine Spectator insider.
(94) Bergström Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains de Lancellotti Vineyard 2008 ($60)
Firm in texture and light on its feet, this has red cherry, raspberry and tangy lime flavors that pick up a distinct mineral note as the finish expands and rolls on and on. This has all the pieces to develop into something special. Best from 2012 through 2018.    H.S.
(93) Bergström Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Bergström Vineyard 2008 ($78)
Firm in texture and tightly packed with red cherry, raspberry, caramel and sassafras aromas and flavors, extraordinarily well-structured despite its light weight and harmoniously hinting at wet stone flavors as the expressive finish persists. Needs time. Best from 2012 through 2018.    H.S.

(92) Bergström Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Le Pre du Col Vineyard 2008 ($55) Sold out
Supple, graceful and generous with its blueberry, currant and mineral flavors on a lithe, refined frame, persisting impressively on the long, harmonious finish. Drink now through 2018.    H.S.

(91) Bergström Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Temperance Hill Vineyard 2008 ($55) Sold out       
Light and spicy, glowing with blueberry and cherry fruit, shaded with hints of mineral and clove as the finish lingers easily. This has grace and intensity. Drink now through 2018.   H.S.

These wines are extremely limited so please contact us if you would to purchase the 2008 de Lancellotti Vineyard Pinot Noir or 2008 Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir. We are already sold out of the 2008 Le Pre du Col Pinot Noir and 2008 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, these wines were offered exclusively through our wine clubs.
For additional information, contact Caroline Schoonveld cschoonveld@bergstromwines.com (503)554-0463.