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A Pair of Wines From the West Coast


I rather looked forward to drinking both of these wines for both the hype and the cool labels.  The 2011 Teutonic Wine Company, Brut Rose surprised me with an orange citrus flavor which shook things up.  It definitely had minerality as well as certain, firm bubbles which I think could stand several months to settle down or further integrate.  That said, Jenn rather enjoyed it in the present state.  The 2012 Matthiasson, Chardonnay showed some yellow fruit and gravelly flavor but essentially remained bright and clean without much depth.  This made it a solid drink but not engaging. These wines were purchased at Chambers Street Wine.

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2011 Teutonic Wine Company, Rose Brut, Willamette Valley – $37
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir which was fermented in neutral oak.  Alcohol 11.6%.  This was a light to medium rose color.  There was a different nose of dry red fruit.  In the mouth were acidity driven flavors and very fine, firm bubbles on the tongue with dissipated to leave dry red fruit and minerals.  The notes of dry stones continued through the finish where the bubbles eventually disappeared into a moderate, creamy feel.  There was acidity and some sort of orange citrus under-note.  It had a dry finish.  **(*) 2014-2016.

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2012 Matthiasson, Chardonnay, Linda Vista Vineyard, Napa Valley – $26
This wine is 100% Chardonnay.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a subtle nose.  In the mouth things started with prominent acidity which became integrated into a low note of yellow fruit flavors.  It built to drier and gravelly flavor.  The wine remained bright and clean over several nights.  ** Now-2015.

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