Weekend Wine Notes: 12 Wines, A Miscellany

For today’s Weekend Wine Notes, I offer a diverse group of 12 wines — six white, six red — arranged according to ascending price within each color, the range altogether being $11 to $32, so nothing to make the credit card groan. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s something here for every taste and palate, including some unusual selections; we (mostly) aim to please at BTYH. As usual with the Weekend Wine Notes, I eschew technical, historical and geographical data — much as we might dote on those details — for the sake of quick, incisive reviews, ripped, as it were, from the pages of my notebooks and intended to pique your interest and whet your palate. Enjoy — in moderation, of course. These wines were samples for review, as I am required to inform My Readers by authority of the Federal Trade Commission.

Marco Felluga “Montgris” Riserva Pinot ...

The Light of Day

Brianne Day launched Day Wines in 2012 with 125 cases of pinot noir produced from a friend’s vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Today, she makes about 5,000 cases of a diverse group of wines, most in very small quantities, most single vineyard wines from certified organic or biodynamic vines. A few wines are made from grapes sourced from Applegate Valley, in the state’s southern regions, but most by far are from Willamette Valley appellations. The wines are fermented using naturally occurring yeasts, typically with no sulfur added at fermentation; very little new oak is employed; the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. The result is wines that exhibit intense purity and sense of purpose, with an aura that feels untamed, untrammeled and highly individual. These wines were samples for review. Image of Brianne Day from parkavenuewines.com

The Day Wines Belle Penthe Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Yamhill-Carlton District, spent 19 ...