Portland Seafood and Wine Festival 2019

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”400px”][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]I can’t recall if this is the 4th or 5th year we’ve attended this festival, but it certainly has gotten better over the past 2 years.  The powers that be were able to acquire an additional 30,000 SQ Ft and they redesigned the food location so that waiting for bites doesn’t cause traffic flow issues.  Really 1000% better.  I realize that 2019 was last year, but I was able to try some wines that I have missed over the past years and revisited some old favorites, and it is important to capture those nuances regardless of time lapse.  So here goes . . .

 

River’s Edge Winery

2017 Sauvignon Blanc – Citrus aromas and a nice carryover onto the palate.  Tart and crisp on the finish.

2015 Pinot Noir – Elkton Vineyard –  Bright red fruit on the nose with a tight acidity . .not a great fruit profile.

 

Bradley Vineyards

2015 Estate Pinot Noir – Cheerful cherry and chocolate aromas and cherry on the palate with a moderate acidity.  Really nice texture.  **

2016 Gewurtztraminer – Bright floral nose . . . a touch of honeysuckle . . .Nice solid structure . . finishes with a hint of honey.  Very nice.  **

NV Rosette – Blend of Riesling and Pinot Noir – Sweet nose like candy.  Smooth texture with a sweet mid palate, but finishes dry.

 

Chris James Cellars

2017 Cuvee Blanc – Stone fruit and floral aromas . . .Similar flavor profile along with citrus, grapefruit . . .Delicious. . personal favorite **

2017 Pinot Noir Rose’ – Bright nose, a bit of tropical fruit . . . Flavors of stone fruit and strawberry with a great texture. . .Tart finish.  Great summer wine  **

2017 Pinot Blanc – Fresh peach . . tart, crisp mid palate . . .Nice peach / nectarine flavors.

 

Vaulted Wines

2017 Tempranillo Rose’ – Nice rose petals on the nose . . .dry mid but quite flavorful . .

2016 Elevage – Blend of Petite Verdot, Syrah, Tinto Cao and Touriga Nacional – Supple dark fruit aromas of plum and dark cherries . . . smooth texture with cherries prominent on the palate . . distinct tannin and acid finish.

 

Bravuro Cellars

This one is quickly becoming a favorite . . . Most, if not all, fruit is from Lodi.

2016 Tempranillo – Smoky dark plum aromas . . .silky and loaded with dark fruit flavors

2016 Zinfandel – Heaven in a bottle . . . Dark fruit and chocolate aromas, silky texture with a solid structure, superb fruit on the mid palate and a smooth silky finish.

 

Sis and Mae Wine Co

2017 Grenache Blanc – Eevee’s Vineyard – Bright citrus aromas . . .crisp mid palate with flavors of apple . . .Nice acidity

2017 Syrah –  Steelhead Run – Bright red fruit . . lean mid palate, but still flavorful fruit . . .solid structure.

 

Tumwater Vineyard

2016 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir – Very typical aromas . . .plum, cherry, cola . . . Nice full fruit flavors with a superb structure.  Very nice.

 

J Scott Cellars

A tried and true phenomenal winemaker.  Jonathan Scott Oberlander is one of the finest winemakers I have ever encountered.  The diversity of his labels ( I believe the count is 24) is enough to boggle the mind.

2013 Avante’ Red Blend –  27% Malbec, 44% Touriga Nacional/Tinto Cao, 15% Petite Verdot, 11% Syrah, 3% Tempranillo – Light aromas . ..A smoky, almost beef jerky flavor.  Very hardy.

2017 Sauvignon Blanc – I personally rate all other Sauv Blancs on his – Light citrus and pineapple aromas . . . bright acidity with superb flavor carryover from aromas and a crisp finish.

2017 Albarino –  Bright citrus aromas, especially lemon . . . I also got tangerine on the mid palate . . . nicely crisp and refreshing.

2017 Viognier –  Honeysuckle and peach . . . Superb on all fronts . . .Tart finish.

2017 Grenache Blanc – Nose is fruity and floral . . . with a tart, crisp mid palate

2016 Petite Sirah – Deep dark fruit aromas . . .moderate acid and tannin structure . . .silky smooth and loads of dark fruit like dark cherry and blackberry.

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Leonetti Vineyards – Wonderful . . .Classic Cab aromas . . . Super silky and soft tannins . . . long lingering finish.  Excellent!!

 

A great event that I hope to continue to attend for years to come.

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