2018 Portland Seafood and Wine Festival

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2018 Portland Seafood and Wine Festival.

This is the first of two festival we have attended faithfully the last few years.  It regularly brings in a variety of wineries from all over Oregon, representing a diversity of varietals and styles of wine-making.  As usual, I had a plan of attack . . . and for the most part, we stuck to it.  Very fortunately for us, we arrived shortly after the event space opened at noon, and it was already quite a robust crowd.  By the time we left at 4pm, people were virtually “cheek-to-cheek” in the small aisle-ways between the booths and there was a line of several hundred people waiting to get in.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Artem Wine Company  is a fairly recent addition to the Yamhill-Carlton area.

2016 – Gewurtztraminer – This little beauty took BEST IN SHOW! I found the nose on it to be light and subtle.  The mid palate had a flavor of tart apple, with a very nice clean finish.

2016 Sauvignon Blanc – A light, subtle nose, The mid palate had a more complex mouthfeel, and finish clean with flavors of peach

2017 Cuvee Blanc – A blend of 40% Gewurtztraminer and 60% Mueller Thurgau.  Light citrus aroma, a complex mouthfeel, plenty going on there.  Seems to me this would make a nice patio wine.  Very easy drinking.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Paul O'Brien Winery[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Paul O’Brien Winery continues to be one of my personal favorites.  Scott’s wines always show a nice diversity of flavors and complexities.  Not to mention that they are delicious.

2016 – Fume Blanc– This a Northern California take of Sauvignon Blanc made famous by Robert Mondavi in the 1960s.  I’ve added a link to more info.  Subtle aroma give way to a grassy and citrus mid palate, almost sharp but with great texture.

2013 Tempranillo – Barrel-aged – Aromas of dark plums and cherries greet your senses.  The approach is smooth and silky and those aromas have carried over into the palate.  The finish has an ever so slight acidic bite to it.

2015 Moscato – My wife’s personal favorite .  Bright citrus fruit on the nose.  The mid is bursting with crispness and sweetness from those citrus tones.  And the ride concludes with a clean and refreshing finish.  It’s hard to go wrong with this wine, so I added one to our collection.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]J Scott Cellars  is another one of my personal favorites.  Jonathan never seems to run out of grapes he can find to create even more delicious wines.  I believe he is currently producing, in the neighborhood of 20 different grape varietals.  It is truly astonishing what he is able to create.  He makes wine for a couple other labels/vineyards as well. . as if he isn’t busy enough.  At this show he was previewing his new Albarino . .

2017 Albarino – A Spanish wine grape that is similar in taste and texture to Italian Pinot Grigio.  The aromas for me were floral and bright citrus fruit.  the palate was complex, from more time on the skins, with more of those aromas on the tongue.  And a bit of tartness on the finish.

2017 Vermentino– Very prominently apples on the nose . . . quite a bit more interesting than other Vermentinos I’ve tried.  The mid palate and the finish are tart and crisp.  Both of these whites are really superb.


[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]2014 Denison Cellars Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Denison Cellars – A small winery with a lot to offer.  I enjoyed talking with the owner Tim wilson about his winery and the vineyards he sources.  He had 3 offerings of Pinot noir and I decided to try the one that seemed to me to represent their style.


2014 Tete de Cuvee Pinot Noir – Light nose but full on with flavors.  The dark fruit was prominent along with some baking spice.  The texture is superb and the nice long lingering finish.made me go back again.  Excellent wine.


[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Bradley Vineyards – This small producer from Elkton creates some pretty gorgeous fruit, sought after by several vintners.  So I had to try a few.

2013 Estate Pinot Noir– Excellent nose on this beauty, bright red fruit and a bit of baking spices carry over onto the palate.  This wine is nicely complex in structure and finishes beautifully.  An exemplary offering from a cool vintage.

2016 L’Orange– This gewurtztraminer was left in contact with the skins for an extended period and oxidation turned the otherwise clear juice a mild shade of orange.  The nose is like candy, sweet and very fragrant floral and fruit notes.  It’s textured mouth-feel is like some Alsatian style Rieslings I’ve tasted before. The flavors on the palate are milder than the nose, but none the less enticing.

2014 Estate Pinot Noir– Very similar in aromas to the 2013, though the texture is more assertive.

2016 Gewurtztraminer– The nose is quite mild, The palate is complex and more fruit character comes through.

2016 Ruby’s Red– This is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Baco Noir.  Really nice nose, dark fruit and spice.  The mid palate has good structure and complexity.  Fruit flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and plum with a beautiful lingering finish.  **My favorite of the group.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]label[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]River’s Edge Winery –  Another great producer from Elkton.  They have won several awards as well as accolades from Wine Enthusiast for their Pinot Noir.  Gotta give this a try.

2016 Sauvignon Blanc – A quite mild nose and tight acidity on the palate, though slightly crisp.

2014 Barrel Select Pinot Noir– Gorgeous nose of dark fruit as well as some red raspberry.  Cherry , spice and some raspberry and chocolate on the mid palate.  The finish lingers nicely.  I understand the awards now.

2014 Black Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir– Not as aromatic as the previous but definitely more structure.  Heavier in tannin than the Barrel Select, though just as tasty.  and this too has a nice lingering finish.

2014 Gewurtztraminer– Nice bright nose, plenty of aromas.  Textured palate thought he flavors are very muted.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Picture[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Gelardi Vineyards – Small boutique vintner that has gotten several awards over the years from Wine Festivals . . .https://www.gelardivineyard.com/awards.html . . . And I do love the 115 Pinot clone.

2013 Pinot Noir– This is completely made from Clone 115.  Nose was moderate, not pronounced.  The flavors were good, nice dark fruit and a hint of spice.  This medium body Pinot is quite nice.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]


Carewdell Hill Cellars[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Cardwell Hill Cellars – This is one of those wineries that I go back to time and time again because their Pinots are just so delicious.  I’ve been a huge fan of their 2012 Estate Pinot Noir.  I saw that they had 2 new entries so of course I had to sample them.

2014 Dijon Block Pinot Noir – This is a blend of 115 and 777 clones.  The nose was great, prominent with cherries.  The flavors were excellent, dark fruit and baking spice.  Finish lingers very nicely.

2014 Monet Block Pinot Noir– This blend is Pommard and 777 clone.  There is more bright red fruit on the nose than the previous.  Mid palate is smooth and nicely spiced.  Great dark fruit also on the palate.  Another winner.

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2013 Melon de Bourgogne– A bright, yet complex nose.  I got loads of texture and excellent mouth-feel.  The citrus fruit and slight minerality highlight a tremendous seafood compliment.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Redgate Vineyard[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Redgate Vineyard-

2016 Syrah –Good dark fruit on the nose.  Silky and warm texture . . but the fruit is absent

2014 Port– Made with Tempranillo grapes and a Pinot Noir brandy.  Very mild nose but nice flavor profiles and warm.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]2014 Necessity Red[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Cathedral Ridge Winery – This is one I’ve been looking forward to tasting. . .

2014 Necessity Red – Blend of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Zinfandel.  Luscious deep dark fruit on the nose.  The Zin comes through really nicely on the palate . . dark berries, a bit of chocolate and super smooth.  I need to try this again . . .

I had hoped to try their Bordheauxd Red, but alas they hadn’t brought any to the festival.  A premier blend of Syrah, Cabernet & Merlot . . .something a really need to find locally.

2014 Winemakers Cuvee – A bright nose and a smooth mid texture on the mid palate.  Though not as robust as the Necessity Red, it is quite lovely.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]I think my favorites from this event would have to be:

Cathedral Ridge – 2014 Necessity Red

Cardwell Hills2014 Dijon Block Pinot Noir

Bradley Vineyards2016 Ruby’s Red

Artem Wine Company2016 Gewurtztraminer

I really love the environment around wine festivals.  Though there can be too many people and noise levels can be unsettling, the opportunity to taste new wines and talk with the winemakers is truly FUN for me.  People who are passion and knowledgeable about their craft are always interesting to talk with.  I look forward to the next one with gusto.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title=”Photo Gallery” title_align=”left” title_size=”h3″ title_color=”accent”][vc_media_grid element_width=”2″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1518121047291-5ba89841-f1d0-4″ include=”15293,15275,15277,15282,3138″ css=”.vc_custom_1518044692569{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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