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A Smackdown Among (Not Quite) Friends: Oregon Pinot Noir and California’s New Style

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Date: Thursday, May 28

Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

For many years, the mantra of Oregon Pinot Noir vintners has been “We’re not California – we make a more Burgundian style of Pinot Noir (wink-wink).”

Yet that does not concur with my most recent tasting experiences.

To put it flatly, Oregon seems lost in its own rhetoric, producing wines of the same caliber they always have.  One might say, resting on their laurels.  While California is absolutely exploding with new talent, in cooler and harsher climates, making Pinot just as elegant and sophisticated as Oregon’s—if not better.

This tasting aims to chart a course through some of the newest, and most exciting, Pinot Noirs from California and Oregon available in Wisconsin.  The goal is to explore style and climate, searching for differences in complexity and age-worthiness.

We’ll be closed on Monday.

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2015 at 8:29 am

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In honor of our veterans and service men and women, we will be closed on Memorial Day. We’re open regular hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

2012 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape

In Chateauneuf du Pape on May 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm

royerThe Royers own a tiny five-hectare vineyard in the southern end of Chateaneuf at Bois de la Ville.  Its sandy soils create a wine of wonderful suppleness, with a sense of elegance, grace and effortlessness across the palate.  Instead of lots of new oak, this wine is matured in older, larger cask, which rounds out the wine, smoothing together its five composite grapes and making it drink well now.  You don’t get this kind of experience in just any old glass of wine – it comes from a skilled winemaker matching grapes, soil and climate, the ultimate expression of terroir.

This wine is so deliciously drinkable, even Robert Parker and I can agree on it. I have to admit, I concur with Bob – this Chateauneuf is “one of the stars of the vintage.”  We here at Waterford were lucky enough to get Wisconsin’s entire allocation of the 2011 vintage, and this year we managed to pull off the same feat with the 2012, and at the lowest national price.

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.