#1 Drylands. One of the tasters has just returned from a year in NZ..."this ain`t it"she said. Closed nose, licorice bubblegum on palate, some oak in background and tannins. One taster thought "new world w. touch of old world earthyness". Not for me, must be better out there.
#2 Rion Pinot Noir. Third time tasted and softening up. Still has the oak and medium tannins. Dry, not much on the nose. Young house going places?
#3 Lake Breeze (BC). Nose is very floral but dies in the glass over an hour. Too tannic for everyone, least liked wine here. See my notes above in other post. I emailed winery and their kind reply made no mention of my tannin concern!!
#4 Coldstream Hills. Up till now the best one here, lots of wows!! Nice balance, good value at $26 Cdn. Medium bodied with plum, cherry, soft tnnins, very fruit forward. Flew out of the store at end of evening.
#5 Rion Gevrey-Chambertin. Wotn for many, tad barnyardy, mushrooms and truffles. Yum!! Good grip, shows that acidity we relate to with Burgundy. Can just imagine what the high-ends are like from this appellation.
#6 Yamhill/Dom Serene. What is there to add about this wine from Oregon? Interesting to serve after the Rion eh. Top class.