Winemaker’s 2007 Vintage Tasting Notes:

It’s important to say that wines evolve as they age.  For that reason our winemaker dates his tasting notes and may provide more than one as the wine undergoes its natural evolution.  Below are the latest of his notes on our currently released wines.

 2007 Rendezvous, Applegate Valley, Southern Oregon

2007 Rendezvous Tasting notes

 The 2007 vintage began well and was on track to be a great vintage up to the 3rd week of June when it diverged to turn into a relatively cool year.  With rain threatening, harvest began on 10/5 and finished 10/31 at a cool 2500 growing degree days for the year.  Even in this cool year the Merlot came in at surprising 24 Brix while the Cab Franc finished at 21.

Our winemaker decided this would be an excellent opportunity to show a wine with exactly the acids but more importantly the flavor components needed to produce a signature Right Bank Bordeaux of European style .

Latest Tasting Note – July 17, 2015

An unusual dominant Cabernet Franc blend makes an unusually aromatic wine with a complex nose of spices and toffee.  The Merlot infuses the wine with its round mouthfeel and satiny tannins wrapped around classic flavors of black currant, red cherry and flint.  A lingering finish reminds you of why you love the wine.  As the label says, once you experience the guilty pleasure of this wine you may not be able to resist a repeat performance.  This refined and age-worthy wine offers lively acidity and a sturdy structure with a long lingering finish.

Varietals:
Cabernet Franc 64%, Merlot 36%

Skin Contact:
23 Days

Barrel Aging:
38 Months in combination French and American oak barrels.

Pair with: An easy pairing wine that could accompany classic dishes normally associated with red wine but especially foods with rich sauces or Italian

2007 Arpège, Applegate Valley Oregon Grand Vintasting note Cricket Hill 2007 Arpege Wine Label

The 2007 vintage began well and was on track to be a great vintage up to the 3rd week of June when it diverged to turn into a relatively cool year.  With rain threatening, harvest began on 10/5 and finished 10/31 at a cool 2500 growing degree days for the year.  Even in this cool year the Merlot came in at surprising 24 Brix while the Cab Franc finished at 21.

Latest Tasting Note – September 22, 2015

In contrast to its sister wine the 2007 Rendezvous this wine exhibits a darker more brooding character largely due to the more traditional Merlot dominance in the blend accentuated through an extreme barrel aging regime.

Gorgeous depth of color in the glass with a nose of flowers, earth and dried fruit creates the promise and starts this wine on a high note.   Soft and supple its rich mid palate features  flavors of plum, dark cherry and fig  with hints of mocha and coffee.   A wine for wine lovers it can compliment a meal and also be  just right for relaxed after dinner sipping.  It’s hard to imagine a wine that could deliver more pleasure or would be more reflective of its Right Bank Bordeaux heritage.

Varietals:
Merlot 72%, Cabernet Franc 28%

Skin Contact:
23 Days

Barrel Aging:
71 Months in combination French and American oak barrels.

Pair with: Wide food pairing is possible with this wine including root vegetable stews, goat cheese quiche, game  or steak is doused with a creamy peppercorn sauce.