Earlier this month, the crew up at Phelps Creek Vineyards invited me to come up to the winery to meet with Bob Morus, the owner of the winery, and Alexandrine Roy, the winemaker, for a preview tasting of their newly released wines! Alexandrine lives in Burgundy, France and was visiting for a week. It was really an honor to meet her, and to talk with her and Bob about the wines. They’re combined knowledge of grape growing, and wine making was really amazing, and their devoted passion to creating stand-out Gorge wines was inspiring.After previewing the wines, I headed home for a bit and returned for the Wine Club Release Party. It was a lovely little event with mulled wine, great food (from Four & Twenty Blackbirds), and, of course, more fabulous wine. I shot some video, took some photographs, and drank some great wines.
The wines themselves were really spectacular. The two whites, an Estate Pinot Gris and an Estate Reserve Chardonnay, were delicious. The Chardonnay “Lynette” 2012 ($32) was silky and full of flavor, but had a wonderful bit of acid which left it with a bright, clean finish. I really loved this Chardonnay. The Pinot Gris 2012 ($29) light and lovely, it’s earthy and yet, light and sweet. It really had the essense of a ripe pear. The Pinot Gris was barrel fermented in French Oak which gives it a rich, creamy mouthfeel.
Next I was treated to two really amazing reds! Let me tell you, there is nothing better than sipping a little red wine at 10am… I highly recommend trying it out. You’d be surprised how well a Pinot goes with pastries. Anyway, back to the wine. First up was a 2011 Pinot Nior ($29), which I’m impressed to share scored 91 from the Wine Spectator! The Pinot tasted of small red berries, a small hint of mint… it really is a great representation of what the Gorge has to offer in terms of Pinot Noirs. The final wine was a 2011 “Regina” Pommard ($49). Made from the oldest Estate vines, the Pommard was a rustic, smoky, complex wine. It was absolutely a beautiful, beautiful wine.website for more informations about their new releases, winery events, and tasting room hours!