VOLUME 9, ISSUE 40
April 17, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Winemaker & Winegrower Ted Lemon Celebrates 20 Years of Littorai, 30 Years of Winemaking Clos de la Tech Ceja Vineyards: Inspiring Preserverance Leads to Success Newest Bacigalupi Wines Truly Honor a Legacy Adventures on the Pinot Trail: In Pursuit of Balance 2014 Rivers Marie: Back on Track in 2012 E16 Pinot Noir: A Pleasant Surprise Recent Sips of Chardonnay Recent Sips of Other Interesting Whites Recent Sips of Pinot Noir Pinot Briefs Alquimie: “The Drinks Are On Us” Harvest Down Under
Phelps Creek Vineyards
A specialist in Pinot Noir located in the Columbia Gorge AVA on the banks of the Hood River Valley. Robert Morus founded Phelps Creek Vineyards and Mt. Defiance Wine Company. The estate vineyards consist of 30 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with initial plantings dating to 1989.
Rich Cushman was the inaugural winemaker. A Hood River native, he had over 25 vintages in the Willamette Valley before returning to his home region. Alexandrine Roy, from Burgundy, was initially a contributing winemaker consultant, but will be responsible for all Phelps Creek wines beginning with those from the 2012 vintage. She will fly in four times a year to oversee the winemaking.
Alexandrine Roy is a fourth generation winemaker at Domaine Marc Roy in Gevrey-Chambertain. Her first wine for Morus was the Cuvée Alexandrine Pinot Noir, followed by Fleur de Roy Pinot Noir Rosé, and then Coeur de Roy, a Pinot Blanc from vines that are at least 20 years old.
The winery's tasting room is open daily from 11:00 to 5:00 at 1850 Country Club Rd. in Hood River, Oregon. To order wines, e-mail or phone 541-386-2607. Production is about 3,500 cases a year including three to five Pinot Noirs, a Pinot Gris and three Chardonnays. A Syrah from The Dalles is planned in the future.
Articles About Phelps Creek Vineyards
2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Cuvée Alexandrine Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., $50. Fourth generation Burgundian winemaker Alexandrine Roy joins Phelps Creek in Hood River, Oregon, each fall after placing her Gevrey-Chambertain wines in barrel. This wine is made from a selection of estate fruit. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Elusive aromas upon opening that emerge over time in the glass to reveal scents of cherry, raspberry and vanilla. Intensely flavored on the mid palate and finish exhibiting ripe cherry and raspberry fruits with a little dash of herbs and earth. A striking wine that has the tannins in the forefront at this young age, but is uniquely interesting. The finish is particularly noteworthy for its persistence and charm. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This wine has obvious French breeding and will require patience. Over time, there will be plenty to discover. Score: 94. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
2007 Phelps Creek Vineyards Cuvée Alexandrine Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $40. French vigneron Alexandrine Roy comes from Gevrey- Chambertain to craft this wine at Phelps Creek Vineyards in Hood River, Oregon. · Initially the nose and flavors are dominated by oak-derived notes of toast, dark caramel, toasted marshmallow, dark chocolate and toast. There is a beautiful and ripe deep red fruit core underlying the oak blanket. Tasted later in the day from a bottle opened in the morning, the wine had changed dramatically with the oak influence receding and charming fruit aromas and flavors rising to the forefront. This wine will definitely benefit from cellaring to allow further integration of the oak. If you open a bottle now, decant it for several hours before drinking. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
2006 Phelps Creek Vineyards Becky’s Cuvee Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir
13.3% alc., $20. A blend of Columbia View, Jewitt Creek, Wy’east and Phelps Creek Estate vineyards. · Aromas of grapes, red berries, flowers, chalk and cola. The fruit is very delicate and flat and carries a vegetal note. Flamboyant tannins and sharp acidity. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »
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