Texsom: some Oregon whites

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Today’s team lunch at Texsom featured Oregon wines. But no reds! This was a chance to look at some of Oregon’s whites, and also to branch out beyond the Willamette Valley a little. The wines were presented by Bree Boskov, and these are my notes.

Big Table Farm Chardonnay 2015 Willamette Valley, Oregon
There’s a lovely intensity to this wine, with powerful flavours of pear and peach fruit coupled with citrus freshness. Bold yet balanced with a nice ranges of tastes and textures. 92/100

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Cowhorn Spiral 36 White Table Wine 2015 Applegate Valley, Oregon
Alluvial gravels at 1500 feet altitude. The grapes for this wine – Rousanne, Marsanne and Viognier – are grown biodynamically. It’s fresh and lively with intense flavours of citrus and pear. Some richness and a spicy twist, finishing with some orange peel notes. 90/100

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Foris Dry Gewurztraminer 2014 Rogue Valley, Oregon
Beautifully floral and grapey with some pear and Turkish delight notes. Fruity with lovely texture and balance, and some fine spiciness. 91/100

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Brooks Ara Riesling 2015 Willamette Valley, Oregon
9.3 g/l residual sugar. A blend of Yamhill and Estate (Eola Amity Hills) fruit. Powerful and lively with lovely depth of fruit. There’s some honeyed, grapey richness as well as some lively spiciness, and a hint of sweetness on the finish. Lots of potential here. 92/100

Ponzi Vineyards Arneis 2014 Willamette Valley, Oregon
A slightly odd wine. Lively and intense with a zesty citrus character and some grapefruit pith. Full of flavour with some talcum powder and lime cordial notes. 87/100

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Eyrie Original Vines Pinot Gris 2015 Oregon
This is thrilling. Lively and complex with apples, pear and spice notes. Has a bit of structure and it’s just so beautiful, in a slightly oxidative style. Some citrus brightness on the finish. 94/100

Del Rio Grenache Rosé 2016 Rogue Valley, Oregon
Slightly creamy edge to the red cherry and plum fruit in this attractive rosé. Has nice texture and a dry finish. 88/100

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