A TASTING OF WINES FROM OREGON AND WASHINGTON
Presented by MARK SAVAGE MW
at BRISTOL UNIVERSITY
on Tuesday, 16 February 1993
1. 1990 Pinot Gris, Tyee Wine Cellars, Oregon
Very pale, fruity in bouquet, not much in taste, some tartness. Not much of a finish, some dark flavors. Southern end of Cascades, west. Not aged in oak. Carbon Dioxide. Pinot Gris cool climates produce more dry, discrete, finesse. 1st planted 10 years ago.
2. 1988 Chardonnay, Arbor Crest, Washington
Very pale gold. Dimensionless. “Too – safe.” Citrus, honey, biscuit, not assertive fruit, drops quickly. Wine matures better in old cellar, more interesting. Up to 40,000 cases. 20-25K current.
3. 1987 Muscat Ottonel, The Eyrie Vineyard, Oregon
[#3 and #4 tasted as pair.] More yellow. Nice nose. Way too dry! When you suck bad taste. Weird. Disappears quickly. “Bone Dry. Stainless steel.
4. 1989 Muscat Canelli, Snoqualmie, Washington
4.00 Pounds. Not as aromatic. Very sweet.
5. 1985 Late Harvest Riesling, Blackwood Canyon, Washington
“Washington’s dirtiest winemaker.” Inside of car tube nose. Very sweet on the tip of the tongue, bad mid taste, no aftertaste. Only bearable with a lot of air-suck.
6. 1988 Pinot Meunier, The Eyrie Vineyard, Oregon
Only 70 cases. Very musty old, quite ruby red not much depth of color. Old fish tatse, dirty rubber. Was this the “corked” one[?]
7. 1986 Pinot Noir, Salishan, Washington
[#7 and #8 tasted as pair.] Teeny tannin up front, nose is better on this. Red with much brown, more translucent orange. Acid is low.
8. 1989 Pinot Noir, Adelsheim, Oregon
Raw meat nose, “Peculiar” single nose. “Balls”
9. 1989 Merlot, Arbor Crest, Washington
Musty taste. Homogenous ruby red has disagreable aftertaste. More mature than #10.
10. 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon, Quilceda Creek, Washington
500 cases. Deep dark color. Really dry, extremely tannic. Last vintage made so tannic. This one has too much tannin.
Bodegas Marques de Murrieta, S.A.
TASTING FOR THE BRISTOL UNIVERSITY WINE CIRCLE
TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 1993
1986 Blanco Reserva 7.95 Pounds
Fruity, small bouquet. Viura 18 months in oak. Sweet finish.
1986 Tinto Reserva 8.95 Pounds
5% Matsuelo and 95% Temp. 3 years cask. Bottle May 1990. Not much tannin. More development needed.
1983 Tinto Gran Reserva 14.50 Pounds
A deep red/brown pushing more uniform brown edge. Slightly stronger, longer finish. “Spiced Violets.” 74% T, 10% G, 13% Matsuelo. 6 months vat. 5 cask. Full, nice nose, familier.
1975 Tinto Gran Reserva 23.00 Pounds
Concentrated, not the length of the ’83. Full wine.12% G, 75% M.
1970 Castillo Ygay Blanco 28.50 Pounds
! Strong bouquet, deeper slightly gold color. Strong finish, fills the mouth, goes up the nose. Minimal effect of oak on wine, tartrate ~ 1 meter thick. Very long on the palatte. 18 years in cask. Oak, “Citrus.” 6% Malvazia, 94% Viura.
1970 Tinto Gran Reserva 29.50 Pounds
! Strong bouquet than ’75. Superb year! Length. 1968 is more expensive not as good. 94% T, 3% M, 3% Garnache. Doubt the 1970 again.
TASTING OF HUNGARIAN WINES
Presented by Godwin & Godwin of Bath
13th or 14th largest producer. No white has oak!!
1 SOMLOI HARSLEVELU 1990 3.95 Pounds
200,000 case per year. Grape variety Harslevelu. Comes from some indigineous. Not tannic, fresh age tasting, odd smell, “pushed to extreme” smooth, integrated, new private.
2 MORI LEANYKA 1990 3.74 Pounds
“Little girl.” Very pale gold, fruity. High in Acid.
3 MORI EZERJO 1990 3.74 Pounds
“1000 moons from Mor.” More alcohol, less sugar, nuts at first. Darker ever so slightly softer.
4 BADACSONYI SZURKEBARAT Lake Balaton 1989 4.11 Pounds
NO. Volcanic soil, sand, hills, ripe grapes from water + heat reflection. Nasty. Sweet. Pinot Grer… Stay away.
5 TIHANY PINOT NOIR 1989 3.93 Pounds
6 TIHANY MERLOT 1989 3.87 Pounds
7 TIHANY SPATBURGUNDI 1989 4.05 Pounds
NO (Pinot Noir) Deep red with brown hints looks like port. Unusual. Sweet, traditional favorite.
8 VILLANYI KEK OPORTO PORTUGIESER 1989 3.99 Pounds
Very dark, cooked nuts. Prefer over #6.
9 VILLANYI CABERNET FRANC 1988 4.35 Pounds
10 VILLANYI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 1989 4.28 Pounds