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Paetra Wine – Eola-Amity Hills

Paetra

Paetra Wine Label

Paetra (Pay-truh); from Latin for "Rock"

The basis for all great wine is the soil from which it comes. Paetra wines are crafted by intensive hand labor in the vineyard and a minimalist approach to cellar work. "As little as possible, as much as necessary" is a fitting motto. Paetra produces Riesling using traditional European techniques on American soil.

On a recent visit, our man behind Paetra, Bill Hooper described how his days studying and apprenticing in Germany involved every sort of grueling task one could fit into a ten hour work day from the vines to cellar work -to scooping out the freshly decapitated bull head at Odinstal to fill it with oak bark in preparation for a Winter along a riverbank for a biodynamic preparation.

Hooper has worked at a number of wineries in Germany and a number in Oregon including Brooks  and now works at a vineyard management company tending many properties including some of Argyle's holdings among others tending vines, scouting for any issues and treating them, and pursuing LIVE certification on their behalf. Bill's genius taught us many things on this chummy visit but new to most if not all of us were his insights on vine hormones.

He explained Auxins versus Cytokinins in the vine's roots and shoots encouraging shatter for smaller berries and more open clusters = focused flavors and not heavy growth. More on plant hormones HERE  Hooper's leaf thinning is careful because he needs to reduce canopy to prevent but not expose clusters to sunlight which lead to diesel flavors but this is labor intensive NO ONE ELSE is doing this in all of Oregon. For example: 50hrs/acre for pruning, 50hrs/acre for leaf thinning... 

Having tasted these Rieslings we can attest to the crystal clarity of th Eola-Amity, the sapid life springing from Nicholas Vineyard, and the beguiling texture and purity unique to his >O< orange wine -the only stable one we've tried to date -and beyond question the most delicious thanks to the vineyard management and cellar hygeine unique to Bill Hooper. These wines are remarkable on their own, fit for the high table, and will prove patience a virtue for those with cool, deep, steady cellars. Skol!

Alexander Valley Vineyards Syrah Wine Label

Alexander Valley Vineyards Syrah 2015

One wonders if Syrah might have been the first domesticated grape. Its origins in the Fertile Crescent suggests this as a possibility. Joining wheat, barley, lentils and many other food staples arising from this area Syrah shares a heritage that could be said to have fostered civilization. So approach it with reverence. Particular to the Rhone Valley in France it can be said that wines that are entirely or predominately Syrah are often full-bodied and quite flavourful with spices, black fruits and a distinctive black pepper nuance. Aromas are any or all of violets, black berries, chocolate, espresso and black pepper.
See previous vintage tasting notes

Food Pairings

Winged beasties with dark meat like duck, goose, squab, and griffins. Hooved game. Roasted meats.

2014 Eola-Amity Hills Riesling– 9.4 Delectable, 4 stars Vivino

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Argyle Pinot Noir Wine Label

Argyle Pinot Noir

Whoa, what a surprising color! Light like old Burgundy, very pretty but don't be afraid. Lovely nose, cherry cavendish scented tobacco. What fun, pure exhilerating Pinot Noir fruit. I highly recommend this for when life has become intolerably complex and futzy. 12.5% ABV
-wine tasting notes by LAC, May, 2013

Food Pairings

Roasted birds are a preternatural match but Pinot Noir goes with any number of dishes ranging from those incorporating wild game and foraged mushrooms to veal stews or grilled fleshy fish. For a classic cheese pairing hunt down some Epoisse...

2014 >O< Eola-Amity Hills Riesling – 9.5 Delectable

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Argyle Pinot Noir Wine Label

Argyle Pinot Noir

Argyle does Pinot Noir right. While so many producers in America (California in particular) are making Pinot Noirs that are a bit more heavy handed than they should be, Rollin Soles (founder of Argyle in Oregon) understands the term 'balance' and delivers Pinot Noir for Pinot lovers. A light, translucent velvet red color (absolutely perfect). Complex aromas of kirsch, bing cherries, dusty rosemary, and rose petals. As great Pinot Noir should be, it has many little layers of detail instead of big blocks of aromas. The taste dances on the palate, zinging from corner to corner of your mouth while lifting you to the high heavens of Pinot love. A glorious wine, and one of the few reds that can handle salmon perfectly. Also ideal with fillet mignon, slow roasted pork, and poultry dishes.
Wine review by Jason Kallsen, December 2011

Food Pairings

Roasted birds are a preternatural match but Pinot Noir goes with any number of dishes ranging from those incorporating wild game and foraged mushrooms to veal stews or grilled fleshy fish. For a classic cheese pairing hunt down some Epoisse...

2014 Nicholas Vineyard Riesling – 9.6 Delectable 

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