Four Graces Pinot Noir,Willamette Valley, Oregon – 2013
Pinot noir fans take note of this one. Costco’s price is under $25 and the wine is worth every penny. This is a lovely Pinot that pours dark and rich in the glass, leading you to believe it’s an entirely different wine. But once you get into it, it’s rich, yes, but gentle and elegant. I really enjoyed this one all around.
The wine pours a darker purple than you would expect from most Pinots. This was immediately noticeable. The nose was wild berries, with some floral elements. And that rich dark wine feels a nice medium in body in the mouth, with nice fruit, strawberry, cranberry and wild cherry flavors. Slight spice to the finish along with white pepper, and a touch of anise. The finish is perhaps the highlight if this one doesn’t sound good enough already. Dry and lasting finish that just went on and on.
This is a nicely assembled Pinot, very food friendly or just fine on it’s own as we enjoyed it. And Costco’s price seems unbeatable.
Costco item number: 796182
Krunch Rating: 90 Points
Dobbes Family Estate Crater View Vineyard Rogue Valley Grenache Blanc – 2013
In France’s Rhone Valley and Spain, the grapes thrive and produce wines that is always enjoyed is grenache Blanc. What we’ve seen in the last 5-7 years is more winemakers on the West Coast begin to put serious effort behind their Grenache offerings, and the output from my experience has been wholly worth while. That’s certainly the case in this Grenache Blanc from Dobbes Family Estate in Oregon with grapes grown a bit further south in the state from their other offerings.
The wine starts with a vibrant, citrusy nose that reminds me of Citrus Gatorade (the dark yellow Gatorade, one of the originals); in the mouth there’s a dose of puckery fruit including grapefruit, apricot and peach; clean without wood influence; there’s a good shot of acidity that helps create a lasting, sticky finish. I’m enjoying this wine during the winter months, and it’s great, but the bright fruit and lively acidity would really shine on a warm spring or summer day. This wine in many ways reminded me of another favorite, Albarino from Spain, but with a little more tart and citrus.
Grenache Blanc is a grape of the rise in the US. When you’re tired of the standard Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnays, you might find this to be a nice change of pace.
Krunch Rating: 90 points