Memorial Day Weekend 2018 – Day Two

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Memorial Day weekend is always a wonderful opportunity to try new wineries.

For those who are unaware, there are 2 weekends per year where wineries and vineyards create a huge party atmosphere and and celebrate their wares for their fans.  These weekends are special in particular because many small boutique wines that may not have tasting rooms or even their own facilities open in often communal locations in order to entice the wine drinking public to try their products.  As you may have already guessed, Memorial day weekend is the front half of these events and Thanksgiving weekend is the back half of these proverbial bookends.  And with 725 registered wineries in Oregon, you have your work cut out for you to try a few.

Sunday (May 27th) is Day Two.  I’ve been looking forward to this tasting visit for a while.  I was hoping to make 3-4 stops this afternoon, but timing being what it was, and our long enjoyable stay at our first stop, turned it into a 2 stop day.  None the less, a FANTASTIC tasting adventure . . .


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”64px”][/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]We first met Marlene and Dennis of Parrett Mountain Cellars at The Sip back in March.  As is typical for me, theirs was just one of several wineries that I had never tasted before, so they went on the list.  And am I happy they were . . .EVERYTHING that Marlene served to us was amazingly good.  So, I was most certainly looking forward to really sitting and trying more of what she and Dennis had created.  I was not disappointed at all . . .in fact we ended up joining their wine club.  New tasting room coming in Aug 2018.

2017 Pinot Gris– Nice citrus nose and crisp tart mid.  Lovely citrus finish.  .Very clean and fresh.

*2017 Pinot Blanc – Rose petals on the nose and flavors of green apples.  Silky smooth texture.  Crisp, refreshing and flat-out AMAZING.Taking a couple of them home.

We got to do a side-by-side comparison because “somebody” opened the wrong bottle. . our gain!!

2016 Sauvignon Blanc – Green apple on the nose, great texture, slightly Alsatian in nature (great mouth feel), Crisp and refreshing

*2017 Sauvignon Blanc – Lemon verbena aromas, a more crisp and clean texture and flavor profile.  Equally as refreshing.

*2017 Rose of Pinot Noir– Strawberry nose, silky mid with excellent flavor carry over and a juicy long finish.

2015 Pinot Noir Reserve– Blend of Chehalem Mtns and Red Hills fruit – Robust red fruit on the nose, silky mid, great structure and textures with a bit of spice on the end.

2015 Tempranillo – Deep dark and bright red fruit aromas, Tannin heavy in the mid, astringent, silky but definitely ready fr some meat.

*2016 Barbera – Blackberries on the nose, super satiny mid with plums and black fruit flavors.  Fantastic fruit and finish.  One of these is going home too.

2015 Zinfandel – Columbia Valley – Nice dark fruit on the nose and palate, silky with baking spices and a slightly pepper finish.

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon – Aromas of dark cherries and plums.  Lusciously silky mid palate.  Those dark fruits carry over onto the flavors that finishes soft and ever so slightly dry.  Fantastic!!

2016 Cabernet Franc – Slightly brambly nose on top of dark and red fruit, silky mid, robust red fruit flavors and wonderfully integrated tannins.  I applaud the complete lack of the herbal component from the flavors.  Superb.

2015 Zinfandel Port Style – Dark luscious fruit aromas and a mid that is satin.   And for a fortified wine that is 18%, no alcohol burn at all.  A superb Port style wine.

2017 Petite Sirah/ Zinfandel Port Style – We got to sample this one straight from the barrel . . . still a bit more time to “cook” on this one but the flavors are superb, the tannin structures are melding nicely and the fortification is showing its willingness to integrate.  Flavor profile is very similar to the Zin Port . . . Really looking forward to this guy being “done”.

We also got a guided tour of the new tasting room that is currently under construction at the bottom of their property.  From the details described and what was already completed, I can tell this will be a wonderful spot to just go to enjoy the views, hang out and relish great wines with great company.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”64px”][/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’ve been looking forward to visiting Maysara Winery for some time.  Many different folks that I interact with on wines have strongly suggested that we check these guys out.  Fortunately for us, we caught them on a day when Flora Momtazi has been cooking.  She created some wonderful accompaniment to their fabulous wines.  The Momtazi family story is very interesting and one account from Forbes can be found here.

2017 Riesling – Floral and lemon aromas greet the nose.Crisp and clean with a lovely citrus finish.

2017 Pinot Gris – Light citrus aromas, really beautiful . . light citrus flavors slowly tail off to a crisp clean finish.  this has a very slight residual sugar content . . 8g/L

2017 Pinot Blanc – Light citrus and floral nose, starts crisp on the palate then opens to a citrus flourish.  Finishes clean and smooth. . .also slightly RS . . 9g/L

NV Sparkling Pinot Noir– Strawberry nose, extremely tiny bubbles.  Dry mid but really delicious.

2009 Jamsheed Pinot Noir – Gorgeous nose of dark and red fruit, beautifully melded structure and flavor mirrors and delivers from those aromas.  Excellently integrated.  A home run.

2014 Cyrus Pinot Noir – Initially it had a bit of forest floor aromas, but that drifted away and the dark fruit made its way up.  Warm, satisfying mid palate with loads of fruit flavors.

2012 Asha Pinot Noir– Bright red fruit on the nose, Nicely integrated with a silky mid palate and a very nice long finish.

Wow. . you really can do no wrong here at Maysara.  Their Pinot Noir in particular is some of the best I’ve ever tasted.  It may have something to do with how the grapes are grown or how they are treated once they get into the winemaker’s hands.  In either case, whatever magic they are doing. . .they are doing it right.  Wonderful!!  I would encourage anyone to make plans to go out and visit Maysara Winery and the Momtazi family.  You won’t regret it![/vc_column_text][/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:1527805346541-8cd924b8-5c44-9″ include=”15415,15413,15401,15404,15402,15389,15388,15357″ css=”.vc_custom_1527805331127{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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