COR, Teutonic, and declassified, multi-vintage Reynvaan
I managed to taste some interesting wines during a recent trip to Seattle. I had tasted a Teutonic wine exactly once so when confronted by a $28 bottle of 2012 Teutonic Wine Company, Pinot Noir, Laurel Vineyard Bergspitze Weisse, Chehalem Mountains no thought was required. It is in that lighter, more modern style coming from the west coast with clean flavors that showed tension between ripe and tart. It makes for a good glass to start off the evening. Also in the lighter vein is the outstanding NV Result of a Crush, Christmas Cuvee, Walla Walla. The Result of a Crush wines are produced using declassified fruit from Reynvaan Family Vineyards. Simply put, this beautiful wine had mouth filling flavors and an aftertaste that never quit! Buy all of the bottles you can find! At the opposite end of the spectrum, I find that the wines of COR Cellars are very flavorful and attractively priced. This bottle of 2012 COR Cellars, Momentum, Horse Heaven Hills managed to show the warmth of Washington State without being overwrought.
2012 Teutonic Wine Company, Pinot Noir, Laurel Vineyard Bergspitze Weisse, Chehalem Mountains – $28
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from 31 year old vines that was fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for 9 months in neutral oak. Alcohol 11.5%. This wine bore lighter flavors of Pinot Noir in a substantive body. The wine was tart towards the middle where a dose of acidity came out and with extended air, a stem-like structure developed. There was good tension between the tart and ripe before a hint of dry, black fruit came out in the finish. Overall while not the most complex wine it remained clean, flavorful, and in no way austere. ** Now-2016.
2012 COR Cellars, Momentum, Horse Heaven Hills – $20
This wine is a blend of 33% Merlot, 27% Malbec, 27% Petit Verdot, and 13% Cabernet Franc that was aged for 10 months in mostly French oak barrels. Alcohol 14.5%. The nose remained aromatic and full-bore which preceded the dense, rounded start with its robust and firm black fruit. There was plenty of ripeness and young structure to boot. The wine clearly exhibits strength but it is not overdone. With air some salt and new wood pokes out before the good aftertaste. *** Now – 2018.
NV Result of a Crush, Christmas Cuvee, Walla Walla – $24
This wine is a blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier with 60% sourced from the 2013 vintage and 40% sourced from the 2012 vintage. Alcohol 13.3%. The light to medium strength matched the flavors and even took on some soil notes. In the mouth the wine had that lighter nature at first then became ripe and mouth filling with watering acidity and subtle expansion. This savory wine developed flavors of mandarin orange and revealed minerals at the finish. The ethereal ripeness of the aftertaste never went away! *** Now-2016.