7. Molly Dooker. 2009 Velvet Glove. $180 per bottle. Now we're rocking! This is Shiraz. Has velvet label printed in silver foil. First group to taste. Previous vintages rated 99. Phenomenal. Can be savored by itself or red meat or chocolate dessert.
8. Trio Vintners, 2007 Riot. Red table wine. Total production 237 cases. Husband and wife winemaking team: Steve and Denise Slattery. An attempt to do something different. Usually single vineyard. Cost is $18. Sangiovese based. Also Syrah and Mourvedre. Trio scrambled spells riot. Smooth sipper. Mix of Hungarian and American Oak. Great wine at great price point.
9. Ponzi Vineyard 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. All family operated. Looking forward to a nice Pinot. 5,350 cases produced. Retail $35. Delicate flavors. Tannic finish. A very good harvest year. Finished in French Oak.
10. Stoller Vineyards 2007 Dundee Hills Oregon, Pinot Noir. 400 acre property. Light ruby. First gold LEED certified winery. Focus on sustainability. Delicate flavors. Smooth finish $25.
11. Stepping Stone by Cornerstone, 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc. Grown in Carneros area. 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bottled May 10, 2010. Nice, but prefer the Washington Cab Francs. $30.
12. 2007 Sequel Syrah by John Duval. Long Shadows project. $55. Maybe the best Syrah of my trip. More than 5 minutes would allow some of these wines to open up. This is the finale wine and a great choice.
13. Bonus: Solena 2008 Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard.OK.
Another successful wine tasting. There are some great wines and great values out there. It would have been nice to have the Pinot Noirs before the Cabernet Sauvignons, but this session is sort of a grab bag. Overall, a great way to learn about some outstanding new wines'