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The Time and Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2011 4 PM to 5:30 PM
The Event: Wine writers' tasting of Phelps Creek Vineyards wines (Hood River, Oregon) with Robert Morus, President and Director of Winegrowing.
The Venue: JAMcafé, Carlton Street
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: wines are available by private order or consignment through the agent, Glen-Ward Wines (www.glenwardwines.com)
The Quote/Background: The estate of 30 acres produces some 8 or so wines, mostly Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the Columbia Gorge AVA.
The Wines: The 2008 Brimstone Red blend ($24.95) was not available for tasting; it's mostly syrah, cabernet and merlot, 13.9% ABV.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Gorge 2009, $34.06. 14.2% ABV. 250 cases.
-Phelps Creek Vineyards Oak Ridge Gewurztraminer Columbia Gorge 2009, $24.57, 14.4% ABV, organic grapes, 20% BF, 1.4% RS. 350 cases.
-Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Columbia Gorge 2008, $49.71, 13.5% ABV.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Phelps Creek Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Gorge 2009, $24.62, 14.1% ABV. 300 cases.
-Phelps Creek Vineyards Hellfire White Blend Columbia Gorge 2008, $21, 13.5% ABV. Pinot gris, chardonnay, gewurztraminer, riesling, sauvignon blanc. 800 cases.
-Phelps Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir Columbia Gorge 2008, $34.06, 13.5% ABV.
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Phelps Creek Vineyards Le Petit Pinot Noir Columbia Gorge 2010, $27.35, carbonic maceration like Beaujolais. 500 cases.
The Food: bread and cheese. JAMcafe was serving canapé/tapas with the wines later in the evening.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Marketing Effectiveness/Execution of the Event(numerical grade): 89.
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