And it’s especially true when the reviewer is tasting the wines several thousand miles away, with no context or connection to the vineyards or the winemaker.
So we were quite happy, and rather impressed, when Wine Advocate reviewer Jay Miller came to Oregon, USA, (where our joint venture with winemaker Jay Somers, J. Christopher Wines is located) for his annual tasting tour this year.
Because there are so many wineries in Oregon these days, he realized that he could no longer visit as many as he’d like. So he set up shop at The Allison Inn in Newberg, and took the time to talk to and taste with as many winemakers as possible, including our own Jay Somers.
The result was that he had some very nice things to say about our 2009 Pinot Noirs. Among other things, he referred to the 2009 Dundee Hills Cuvée as, “a prototype of what could optimally be achieved in this vintage.” That wine was rated at 94 points, as were three others: Sandra Adele, the new Abbey Ridge single-vineyard bottling, and Le Pavillon. The Charlie’s Vineyard bottling was rated at 93 points. Our other new wine, “Nuages” (a Chehalem Mountains cuvée) received 89 points, and he rated our basic Willamette Valley Pinot at 90 points.
So, in this case, we really can’t complain about scores and ratings! Still, we feel that what Jay Miller had to say about the wines is vastly more important than just the numbers. You can read his reviews at the J. Christopher website, or get his full Oregon report at eRobertParker.com (subscription required).
Act Quickly: They’re Going Fast!
Since the Wine Advocate reviews came out, we’ve been hammered with calls and emails. If you’re interested in getting any of the 2009 Pinots, we encourage you to go to the J. Christopher website, where you can buy the wines online. Or you can simply send us an email with your request.
JOIN US ON THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!
If you live in the Portland, Oregon, area and would like to taste some of the wines that the Wine Advocate rated so highly, J. Christopher Winery will be open for two days over Thanksgiving Weekend.
It’ll also be a good chance for you to see the progress we’ve made on construction of our new winery on Chehalem Mountain.
It’s not quite finished yet, but it’s certainly up and running. We just completed our second harvest in here!
On the Thanksgiving tasting list are:
2009 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills (Wine Advocate 94) $35
2009 Pinot Noir, Charlie’s Vineyard (Wine Advocate 93) $45
2009 Pinot Noir, Sandra Adele (Wine Advocate 94) $45
2009 Pinot Noir, Abbey Ridge Vineyard (Wine Advocate 94) $50
2009 Pinot Noir, Le Pavillon Vineyard (Wine Advocate 94) $50
Remember: the winery is still under construction, so be sure to wear sensible shoes (always a good idea when touring wineries). Then you can comfortably check out the winery progress, as well as our newly planted vineyards.
Open hours: Friday & Saturday, Nov. 25-26, 11 am to 3 pm
Tasting fee: $10 (one refundable tasting fee per $200 purchase)
Discount: 10% on case purchases (including mixed cases)
Location: 17150 NE Hillside Drive, Newberg, Oregon
Phone: 503-231-5094 (office); 503-554-9572 (winery)
Happy Thanksgiving. We hope to see you!