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Oregon tasting notes

text and photographs © 2009 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Oregon wine.


Sineann Sauvignon Blanc 2007
From Marlborough, lovely pungent nose, with fine verdant qualities and a bone-dry palate with good acidity, no sweet and sour character.

Sineann Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Noticeably richer than the NZ wine, with less aromatics, but has a ripe, full-bodied character.

Sineann Oregon Pinot Gris 2007
From the Hood river, much drier and warmer than Willamette, but vineyards at elevation. Very nice, refined aromatics,. with lots of verve and punch. Lots of punchy peachy flavour and a lovely acidity pushing through.

Sineann Gewürztraminer Celilo Vineyards Columbia Gorge 2007
Very pungent, with a big fat bacon fat nose, with some big aromatics, packing punch of fruit. This is dry, but has lots of fruit sweetness.

Sineann Gewurztraminer Oak Ridge Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2007
Aromatically closed, with a much spicier, more solid mouthfeel. Terrific density, with a touch of grapefruit pith acidity and phenolics.

Sineann Riesling Willamette 2007
Fabulous mineral nose, with lemon zest and a touch of yellow plum, then a big tangerine finish.

Sineann Marlborough Pinot Noir 207
Dense, chocolaty nose, with a certain richness, and has a little bit of earth and coffee. The palate has a plumy density, with a rich bramble and earth fruit.

Sineann Phelps Creek Pinot Noir Columbia Gorge 2006
Nice, subdued, savoury nose with an earthy, quite plush depth and plenty of spice. The palate has a toffee and chocolate richness.

Sineann Lachini Vineyard Willamette Pinot Noir 2006
Quite creamy and rich, with a fudge-like weight and good berry fruit. The palate has a real ripeness and I like the acidity in this. Very rich, powerful but stylish.

Sineann Wyeast Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Fine coffee and tobacco notes to rich, solid fruit. The palate has plenty of fruit: real fruit sweetness, but balanced by thick, ripe tannins and enough acidity. Very lush and dramatic.

Sineann Merlot Columbia Valley 2006
Savoury, dense, with a really nice savoury structure, and lovely black fruit depth.

Sineann Cabernet Sauvignon Lazare vineyard 2006
Fabulously aromatic nose, fantastic cabernet character with a touch of mint leaf and lovely blackcurrant fruit. This has fantastic structure and a fabulous weight and density. Quite chocolaty and has fantastic presence. Fabulous stuff.

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