Boston Wine Expo '99
Pacific Northwest Wines


Cambria Riesling Cellarmaster Reserve '98--Fairly sweet, with no nose to speak of. A bit spritzy, with candied peach flavors.
B-

Duckpond Chardonnay Columbia Valley '97--Plenty of wood in the nose. The palate is also dominated by oak flavors, though there are some fruity flavors of pear and citrus in the background. Spicy, oaky finish.
B

Duckpond Merlot Fries Desert Wind Vineyard Columbia Valley '96--Big aromas of spicy oak and raw meat are the introduction to lush, sweet plum and black berry flavors. The fruit continues on the medium finish. Not very tannic. From young vines, which seem to be showing good potential.
B+

Duckpond Pinot Gris Estate Grown Willamette Valley '96--Smoky aromas with some nice citrus fruit underneath. Grapefruit and peach flavors. The finish is fairly long, but neutral, as the fruit and smoke flavors fade before the alcohol and acid.
B

Duckpond Pinot Noir Unfiltered Willamette Valley '97--A lightish red color (even for Pinot Noir), with a cherry nose. Smoothly integrated flavors of cherries and spice dominate in the mouth. Light tannins make me think this is a wine to enjoy now.
B

King Estate Chardonnay '95--A distinctly toasty, woody nose. Oak continues on the palate, but with plenty of pear and lemongrass flavor to justify it. Plenty of length on the generous finish, but some good acid too.
B+

King Estate Pinot Gris '97--A very round, expressive nose of spicy peach. Peaches and pear flavors come out in the mouth, and the full flavors continue on the finish. A very nice example of this grape.
B+

King Estate Pinot Noir '96--Lean and mean, with modest cherry flavors, and quite a bit of tannin for the amount of fruit.
B-

Loraine Valley Chardonnay '96--An unoaked Chardonnay, aged on the lees, according to the rep. Nice nose of apple and pear. Distinctly spicy note to the round pear and banana flavors, and good length on the finish.
B+

Loraine Valley Pinot Noir '95--Very light red. Woody nose, and just a little fruit on the palate. Finish has a bitter edge.
C+

Sylvan Ridge Pinot Gris '96--Toasty lemon and peach aromas. Odd, candied lemon peel flavor, with some peaches. Slightly beer-y aftertaste. Not a compelling rendition of this variety.
C+

Paul Thomas Merlot Washington '97--Smooth, with modest oak and plum flavors, but in the end, undistinguished. An ok restaurant wine for drinking now.
B-


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