Live Wine Blogging from WBC in Walla Walla – White Wines



By Kori ~ June 25th, 2010.

4:50pm
Dad (John), Colby, and I are here at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Washington. We are just about to begin the Live Wine Blogging – White Wines segment featuring wines poured for us by the winemakers themselves. We will update this post as we go.

5:00pm
NV Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay (California): The Big Green Box. Green apple, vanilla, crisp acidity. But not much to it.
Quality: 2.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: NR (not recommended)
Price: $19.99 [3L box]

5:05pm
2009 Desert Wind Viognier (Wahluke Slope, Washington): Nice nose, fresh, floral, white peach, apricot. A bit hot.
Quality: 3 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 2 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $15

5:11pm
2009 Poet’s Leap Riesling [Long Shadows] (Columbia Valley, Washington): Always a favorite. So crisp and refreshing. Great acidity. Apricot, peach, citrus. Well-balanced.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $20

5:16pm
2009 Big House White (California): 51% Malvasia Bianca, 14% Muscat Canelli, 13% Viognier, 10% Gruner Veltliner, 5% Pinot Gris, 4% White Riesling. Very fragrant nose. Disappoints on the palate.
Quality: 2 stars (out of 5)
QPR: NR (not recommended)
Price: $21.99 [3L Octavin]

5:21pm
2008 Maryhill Viognier (Columbia Valley, Washington): Green apple, pear, honey. Lively acidity. Residual sugar: 1.24%.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $11.95

5:26pm
2008 Hogue Genesis Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington): Off-dry, crisp acidity, refreshing. Melon, citrus, tangerine. Long finish. Residual Sugar: 1.8%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $16

5:31pm
2008 Buty Semillon/Sauvignon/Muscadelle (Columbia Valley, Washington): 69% Semillon, 26% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle. Good acidity. Floral aromas, lemon, hint of oak. Very nice. Well-balanced.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 3 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $25

5:38pm
2009 Dusted Valley Ramblin’ Rosé (Columbia Valley, Washington): 52% Mourvedre, 29% Counoise, 16% Syrah, 2% Viognier. Dry. Strawberry, raspberry, cherry. Good acidity.
Quality: 3 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 2 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $18

5:41pm
2008 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc (Columbia Valley, Washington): 62% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Semillon. Dry, grapefruit, vanilla, honey, tropical fruits.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 2 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $34

5:47pm
2008 Duck Pond Cellars Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley, Oregon): Dry, mineral, melon, smooth.
Quality: 3 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 2 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $15

5:47pm
2009 Banfi Centine Bianco (Toscana IGT, Italy): 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Grigio. Nice nose. Pear, lime, crisp acidity.
Quality: 3 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $10

5:55pm
2009 Kung Fu Girl Riesling (Evergreen Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington): Produced by Charles Smith Wines. Nose is a bit tight at first.  Lime, lemon, tropical fruits. Off-dry. Good acidity. Residual Sugar:  1.5%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Price: $12

6:00pm
This concludes the Live Wine Blogging – White Wines segment. Whew! A fast-paced process but lots of fun.

Cheers!


Filed under: American Wine, California Wine, Chardonnay, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Italian Wine, Oregon Wine, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rose Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wine Activities/Events, Wines NOT To Buy (1 & 2 Star), Wines Over $25, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Michael Good | June 25th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    No offence Kori, they all sound boring. Hope tomorrow’s reds are more inspiring.

  2. Kori | June 25th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Michael,
    Sorry they came across that way. It was a fast process so I didn’t have time to post complete notes. Thought the Poet’s Leap, Buty, and DeLille were excellent. Cheers!

  3. Michael Good | June 25th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for the response. Upon a second reading I will willingly try Poets Leap and Buty. I’ll pass on Delille as grapefruit is just not my thing. I am a fan and enjoy this web site so much. I believe that wine can be such an exciting adventure without being pretentious and you are proving that.
    By the way, I know you are in Walla Walla this weekend but I wanted to let you know I read your Paso Robles post and I have been a fan of the wines from that region for almost 2 decades.

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  5. Chris | June 26th, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Great to finally meet you guys yesterday. We sat on the opposite side and had a completely different line-up. Tried the Delille a little later though and it knocked off socks. It is mostly Dick Boushey fruit, yum.

    We had several (too many) California wines, South Africa, Aussie, and only 3 from W2.

  6. Charles Smith | June 30th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the props on Kung Fu Girl!
    Hope you had a kickass time in W2.

  7. Kori | July 6th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Michael,
    Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad to hear that you enjoy the blog. I’d love to hear what you think of the Poet’s Leap and Buty when you have a chance to try them.

    Chris,
    Great to meet you and Barb at WBC. With so many tables and so many wines, it has been interesting to see the different wines that folks got to try during the Live Blogging. I was glad that 8 out of the 12 wines we tasted were from Washington.

    Charles,
    As always, we had a wonderful time in Walla Walla. Keep up the good work!

    Cheers!

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