June 5, 2019 by PWM
2014 OWEN ROE PINOT NOIR
WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OR
$19.95 BTL./$102.00 6-PACK
“Our Field to your Glass.” Back where it all started! A few weeks before we hung the proverbial shingle outside of our business in Portland’s Hawthorne district I was introduced to an up & coming winemaker David O’Reilly who crafted the very first PWM Pinot Noir. This was several years before David help established Sineaan & then Owen Roe, two of the Northwest’s most sought after estates. So it seemed totally apropos that on our 25th anniversary we should tap David once again for his assistance.
“The 2014 vintage in Oregon may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime. From bud break through harvest, growers and winemakers throughout the state experienced an almost ideal growing season that delivered a record amount of exceptional, balanced fruit.” – Wine Spectator.
This special bottling from Owen Roe is from fruit sourced from select vineyards in the Chehalem Range, Dundee & Yamhill Carlton producing a very Burgundian stled Pinot which opens with spicy oak aromas of vanilla, allspice and toasted coconut over a core of ripe red fruits—rhubarb pie, warm red cherries and raspberry preserves—with pretty red rose petal hints. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with sweet spice but has plenty of concentrated fruit to carry the oak, with lingering perfumed nuances. It’s got a great set of framing tannins and juicy acidity, finishing very long and layered. A Pinot Noir that is crafted by someone who obviously knows their Burgundy.
June 4, 2019 by PWM
2016 IL SOGNO SANGIOVESE
BOLOGNA, ITALY RED AMORE!
GET SOME BBQ RELIGION!
$5.95 BTL./$30.00 6-PACK
THE THEOLOGY OF BBQ: SCHISMS, ISMS, & THE MCRIBB HERESY!
We have a friend who once got in big trouble with his grandma after writing an article explaining how, since the hunting & spit-roasting of various creatures predates religion, BBQ is ultimately more important in human history. What he missed is that BBQ IS a religion in some areas and has at least three major sects: the Orthodox Friars of Fruitwood Smoke Slow Cooking, the Sainted Sisters of the Sauce is Boss and the somewhat hard to find Vicars of the Vinaigrette Marinade (& Eastern offshoot of the famously violent Dry Rub Rebellion of 1893). The defining of BBQ can start an argument (or even a fistfight) because (just like traditional wine styles) THESE THINGS MATTER: it is a culture, patrimony and heritage of someone you are talking about and that does not come in a bottle from the supermarket. But, by being a Big Tent house of the Q, we here at PWM are willing to arbitrate if you bring enough samples for lunch and we have also searched the globe to find the perfect wine to fit your BBQ so you (and your Sweet Red Sauce loving Brother in Law) can find an ecumenical summer:
Which of course brings us (finally) to our BBQ red du jour: the 2016 Il Sogno Sangiovese from Emilia Romagna! This is for adherents to the Credo Affumato of the holy Conclave of Smoke and Violets, Reformed: deeeep dark black cherry, ripe plum fruit with notes of smoke, rose petals, cassis and, yes, earth on the nose. WANT TO BE ENLIGHTENED!! How does $5 by the 6-pack grab ya?!?