My Personal Recommendation For You
di Romans Chardonnay 2011
Friuli Venezia Giulia;
Regularly $39.99 NOW $34.99
90pts Robert Parker!
One advantage of being a
professional pilot is having the ability to choose where you might want to
live from a â€śbirds-eye point of
viewâ€ť. As a (former) Delta Airlines pilot, Bob Morus, owner of Phelps Creek
Vineyards, did just that in the late 1980â€™s. â€śPortland presented a better
basing option for me than San Francisco, at the point I joined Delta. I was
married and originally living/flying out of Chicago. We began a process of
researching Oregon (1989), thinking it would be a slow, gradual process to find
a perfect place and transfer my base of operation - I drew a radius of 90 miles
from PDX (Portland International Airport)â€ť
Every great story has a novel
Phelps Creek Vineyards is small
boutique winery that focuses on estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
(Burgundy) varietals; only producing 5,000 cases annually in total.
The vineyard management takes center stage in every step of their wine
production. Sustainable agricultural practices, combined with careful oversight
of the fruit yields on the vines, leads to the noted intensity of their wine
Twenty-five of the steep,
high-elevation 30 vine acres on Bob Morusâ€™ Phelps Creek property in the Hood
River Valley (Columbia Gorge A.V.A.) are devoted to Pinot Noir â€“ which he began
planting a year after his 1989 arrival â€“ and virtually all of the rest to
Chardonnay. Incrementally, the vineyards now expand and nurture 30 acres (25
Acres of Pinot Noir, 4.5 acres of Chardonnay and 1/2 acre of Pinot Gris).
Foremost, the experience with
winemaker, Alexandrine Roy, has been more than wonderful for Phelps Creek. The
total relationship to the wines and her story as a fourth generation winemaker,
producing acclaimed wines in both Gevrey-Chambertin (Burgundy, France) and the
Columbia Gorge, has brought much media attention. Her passion for
winemaking matches and pairs with the vineyard field employeesâ€™ devotion to
growing the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the state.
â€śI donâ€™t make wines, I
work on growing fruit,â€ť says this
dynamo-winemaker, whoâ€™s articulate English comes from working at Phelps Creek
Winery in Oregon. Her approach in Oregon sums up Burgundy. â€śMy wine is
classic in style with acidityâ€”not overripeâ€”delicate and balanced,â€ť she
says. â€śItâ€™s all about the palate.â€ť She shocked the resident team at
Phelps Creek by picking a week earlier than they did, de-stemming and using
natural yeasts. â€śAmericans like control,â€ť she says. â€śI leave it up to
nature.â€ť So for Alexandrine Roy, the intermittent work as a
consultant and guest winemaker easily secured her as Phelps Creekâ€™s overall
Director of Winemaking.
Just 60 miles east of
Portland, the Columbia Gorge Wine region lies in the heart of the
Columbia River Gorge, a dramatic river corridor that straddles the Columbia
River for 15 miles into both Oregon and Washington. This region, which
encompasses 40 miles, includes both the Columbia Gorge AVA and part of the
Columbia Valley AVA. Lewis and Clark first made the Columbia Gorge famous
when they passed through on their way to the Pacific Ocean in 1805!
region, the climate in the Columbia Gorge appellation changes drastically. To
the west is a cooler, marine-influenced climate where it rains 36 inches per
year; to the east it's a continental high desert climate with just 10 inches of
annual rainfall. This extreme variance of climate means this area can
successfully grow a wide range of classical varieties. The Columbia
Gorge wine region soils are generally silty loams collected over time from floods,
volcanic activity and landslides. The Gorge is the only sea-level
passage through the Cascade Mountain Range. From north to south there are two
iconic geographical features: Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, both part of the central
Cascade Mountain range.
â€śI am delighted to report that
Phelps Creekâ€™s 2009 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve delivers an impressive
combination of juicy fresh dark cherry fascinatingly and alluringly allied to
smoky black tea, bittersweet citrus oils, and the musky prickle and bite of rose
radish. There is a positive sense of chew yet an underlying hint of creaminess,
as well as sappy vivacity. The addition of strong cherry pit piquancy and
saliva-liberating salinity to the aforementioned litany of sensory
characteristics makes for a finish of whose highly distinct traits it is
impossible not to take notice. Iâ€™d plan on following this for half a dozen
years and am quite confident that its versatility at table will prove evident
at table.â€ť â€“ 90 pts. Robert Parker
hand-picked wine is ready to ship.
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