In January, with ten anonymous tasters, 1859 Oregon’s Magazine sampled seven different wines at Grochau Cellars, a winery located in the heart of Portland. Get insight into your next wine purchase with comments, descriptions and ratings found on the following pages.

Mystic Barbera 2007, Columbia Gorge

Color | Appearance (hue, depth and clarity) >>

Taster # 1: Very rich and deep looking

Taster # 2: Rich and clear in color

Taster # 3: Dark purple

Taster # 4: Deep

Taster # 5: Beautiful rich color

Taster # 6: Good color

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Deep red

Taster # 9: Deep red; nice legs

Taster # 10: Bold and rich; deep; vibrant

Nose | Aroma >>

Taster # 1: Very clean

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: Tobacco

Taster # 4: Sweet; light; cinamon

Taster # 5: Balanced; pretty floral notes

Taster # 6: Earthy

Taster # 7: Off

Taster # 8: Earth; spice

Taster # 9: Medium red and black fruit; black cherry; red cherry

Taster # 10: Pepper; spicy

Taste | Flavors (Balance between sweetness, acidity and tannins) >>

Taster # 1: Good balance; nice even flavor

Taster # 2: Bitter

Taster # 3: It tastes sweeter than it smells, then moves to a nicely balanced mix.

Taster # 4: A little acidic; would pair nicely with pork or a beef stew

Taster # 5: Sharp; short to medium finish

Taster # 6: Memorable; cherry

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Spicy; strong tannins; acidic; not sweet

Taster # 9: Rich and acidic; dry

Taster # 10: Very tart; acidic; lots of pepper

Finish | Length (finish and lingering effect) >>

Taster # 1: Nice, mellow finish; smoothe; stays with you

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: Quick finish

Taster # 4: Medium; lingers; acidic

Taster # 5: N/A

Taster # 6: Lingers nicely; body of the mouth

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Lasting spicy finish

Taster # 9: Medium finish; rich black fruit; tar on finish

Taster # 10: Long aftertaste

Conclusions | Impressions >>

Taster # 1: Like it; above average; would buy

Taster # 2: Just O.K.; probably would not buy

Taster # 3: I like it.

Taster # 4: Good; solid

Taster # 5: N/A

Taster # 6: Like it, but needs aging.

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Just O.K.; would eat P.F. Chang’s with it

Taster # 9: Rich fruit up front leading to tar on finish; good wine

Taster # 10: Not my favorite

Rating | Score (overall quality with a score between 1-10)

Taster # 1: 7

Taster # 2: 4

Taster # 3: 6

Taster # 4: 6

Taster # 5: N/A

Taster # 6: 7

Taster # 7: 5

Taster # 8: 5

Taster # 9: 7

Taster # 10: 5

Spangler Cabernet Franc 2008, Umpqua Valley

Color | Appearance (hue, depth and clarity) >>

Taster # 1: Light

Taster # 2: Rose color

Taster # 3: Maroon

Taster # 4: Deep; dark

Taster # 5: N/A

Taster # 6: N/A

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Deep purplish red

Taster # 9: Deep purple

Taster # 10: Deep and murky in color

Nose | Aroma >>

Taster # 1: Deep; easy to breathe

Taster # 2: Floral

Taster # 3: Lemony? A little pungent

Taster # 4: N/A

Taster # 5: N/A

Taster # 6: Light; nice; neutral red

Taster # 7: Floral; honey

Taster # 8: Super spicy; blackberries; pepper

Taster # 9: Medium blackcurrant; black fruit

Taster # 10: Earthy; spicy

Taste | Flavors (Balance between sweetness, acidity and tannins) >>

Taster # 1: Good balance

Taster # 2: Acidic after-taste

Taster # 3: Very tart; a little leathery

Taster # 4: N/A

Taster # 5: Peppery

Taster # 6: Slightly harsh

Taster # 7: Blackberry

Taster # 8: Smooth front; spicy finish

Taster # 9: Medium blackcurrant; light currant; leafy; smooth; light tannins; medium acid

Taster # 10: Very tart; acidic; metal

Finish | Length (finish and lingering effect) >>

Taster # 1: No lasting taste

Taster # 2: Burns a bit

Taster # 3: I like the finish.

Taster # 4: Good; long; a little tannic

Taster # 5: Short finish

Taster # 6: Not much finish, in lingers in the middle

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Tannic; lasts on the tongue

Taster # 9: Medium finish; blackcurrant dominates

Taster # 10: Long-after taste

Conclusions | Impressions >>

Taster # 1: Would buy it; young flavor

Taster # 2: Just O.K.

Taster # 3: I think it would be better with food.

Taster # 4: Needs time (about 2-3 years)

Taster # 5: N/A

Taster # 6: Still fairly young

Taster # 7: O.K. with Italian food

Taster # 8: O.K.too acidic for me

Taster # 9: Great wine; balanced; elegant; pleasant; fruit hold it’s own

Taster # 10: No, don’t care for it

Rating | Score (overall quality with a score between 1-10)

Taster # 1: 7

Taster # 2: 5

Taster # 3: 6

Taster # 4: 7

Taster # 5: 5

Taster # 6: 4

Taster # 7: 6

Taster # 8: 6

Taster # 9: 8

Taster # 10: 5

Domaine Trouvere 2007, Umpqua Valley

Color | Appearance (hue, depth and clarity) >>

Taster # 1: Dark

Taster # 2: Rich; clear

Taster # 3: Very darkeven some “black”

Taster # 4: N/A

Taster # 5: Dark; rich

Taster # 6: Bing cherry

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Red

Taster # 9: Deep, deep red; purple

Taster # 10: Bold; rich; clear

Nose | Aroma >>

Taster # 1: N/A

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: Tobacco; leather

Taster # 4: N/A

Taster # 5: Peppery; bacon?

Taster # 6: Aroma is neutral

Taster # 7: Clove

Taster # 8: Slight spice

Taster # 9: Medium red; black fruit

Taster # 10: Spicy; pepper

Taste | Flavors (Balance between sweetness, acidity and tannins) >>

Taster # 1: N/A

Taster # 2: Acidity stops aftertaste

Taster # 3: Really like it; nicely balanced

Taster # 4: N/A

Taster # 5: Dry; peppery on the front-end

Taster # 6: Good balance; more on the sweet side

Taster # 7: Slightly sweet

Taster # 8: Acidic; tannic

Taster # 9: Black cherry; rich, baked black fruite; dry; medium acid; medium soft; chalky tannins

Taster # 10: Tart with a bit of sweet

Finish | Length (finish and lingering effect) >>

Taster # 1: Lasts long

Taster # 2: Not as pleasant

Taster # 3: Nice finish

Taster # 4: N/A

Taster # 5: Second best; lots of flavor; big; bold

Taster # 6: Not as bad as other Temparnillos

Taster # 7: Lingering sweet

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Medium finish; flavors as above

Taster # 10: Small aftertaste, but doesn’t linger.

Conclusions | Impressions >>

Taster # 1: Would buy

Taster # 2: O.K.

Taster # 3: Yes, I would buy it.

Taster # 4: Good; solid

Taster # 5: A bit too dry for my taste

Taster # 6: Could use more aging, but overall, nice.

Taster # 7: Very approachable

Taster # 8: Not my favorite

Taster # 9: Great wine; nicely balanced; mouth-watering; great to drink solo or with food

Taster # 10: I like it; would buy it and  pair it with meals

Rating | Score (overall quality with a score between 1-10)

Taster # 1: 8

Taster # 2: 5

Taster # 3: 7

Taster # 4: N/A

Taster # 5: 6

Taster # 6: 6

Taster # 7: 7

Taster # 8: 5

Taster # 9: 8

Taster # 10: 9

Cameron Nebbiolo 2007, Dundee Hills

Color | Appearance (hue, depth and clarity) >>

Taster # 1: Deep

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: Nice deep red

Taster # 4: Brown edges

Taster # 5: Nice color

Taster # 6: Pale red

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Dark red with legs

Taster # 9: Deep red; scarlet

Taster # 10: Bold but light; clear

Nose | Aroma >>

Taster # 1: Sweet

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: So strongcan’t name itearthy?

Taster # 4: Light; closed

Taster # 5: Slightly burnt toast?

Taster # 6: Very little depth

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Pepper; raspberries

Taster # 9: Red cherry; smokey

Taster # 10: Pepper; musky

Taste | Flavors (Balance between sweetness, acidity and tannins) >>

Taster # 1: Acidic

Taster # 2: Too peppery

Taster # 3: Tart; this needs food

Taster # 4: Tart; acidic

Taster # 5: Tart

Taster # 6: Acidic

Taster # 7: Bites back; a bit acidic

Taster # 8: Not sweet; slightly tannic

Taster # 9: Very acidic; fruity; red cherry; smooth; light to medium tannins; unbalanced

Taster # 10: Very tart; very acidic

Finish | Length (finish and lingering effect) >>

Taster # 1: Long; lingering; lasting

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: I like the finish.

Taster # 4: Short

Taster # 5: Short finish

Taster # 6: Fair

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Light finish; too light

Taster # 9: Short finish

Taster # 10: Tangy aftertaste; lingers

Conclusions | Impressions >>

Taster # 1: Too acidic for my taste; O.K. overall; pair with beef

Taster # 2: Probably would not buy

Taster # 3: Not sureif I had this with food, it would be different.

Taster # 4: Not for me; cold year for Nebbiolo

Taster # 5: Tastes young for ’07–’07 wasn’t a great year for grapes in Dundee though.

Taster # 6: Too young

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: O.K.kind of an afternoon-play-date-with-the-ladies kind of wine

Taster # 9: Fruit is unbalanced by acid; maybe aging will improve

Taster # 10: Don’t care for it; would not buy it or eat it with it either

Rating | Score (overall quality with a score between 1-10)

Taster # 1: 5

Taster # 2: 4

Taster # 3: 5

Taster # 4: 4

Taster # 5: 4

Taster # 6: 4

Taster # 7: 6

Taster # 8: 5

Taster # 9: 4

Taster # 10: 5

Grochau Cellars Matador 2009, Rogue Valley

Color | Appearance (hue, depth and clarity) >>

Taster # 1: Deep; rich

Taster # 2: Nice appearance

Taster # 3: Dark; a little purple

Taster # 4: Slightly cloudy? Or is it because this is my last wine to taste?

Taster # 5: Nice dark color

Taster # 6: N/A

Taster # 7: Deep, purple red

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Deep purple

Taster # 10: Bold; rich; deep red color

Nose | Aroma >>

Taster # 1: Aromatic; deep

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: A fruitdon’t know which one

Taster # 4: Great nose; balanced

Taster # 5: Strawberry

Taster # 6: Flowery

Taster # 7: Floral

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Medium raspberry; black cherry; blackberry; black fruit

Taster # 10: Spicy; peppery

Taste | Flavors (Balance between sweetness, acidity and tannins) >>

Taster # 1: Tart

Taster # 2: Easy on the palet

Taster # 3: Seems perfectly balanced; starts fruity; ends a little tart

Taster # 4: Dry; full flavor

Taster # 5: Slightly acidic; cherry

Taster # 6: Yum; spicy

Taster # 7: Smooth front; perfect finish; sweet cherries

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Dry; medium acid; medium soft, chalky tannins

Taster # 10: Tart; a bit acidic; lots of tannins

Finish | Length (finish and lingering effect) >>

Taster # 1: Long-lasting

Taster # 2: Nice lingering effect

Taster # 3: I like it.

Taster # 4: Medium

Taster # 5: Lingers on the tongue

Taster # 6: N/A

Taster # 7: Lingers lightly

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Medium black fruit

Taster # 10: Leaves a lingering taste; almost heavy on the tongue

Conclusions | Impressions >>

Taster # 1: Mature

Taster # 2: Very nicewould be happy to have with light food

Taster # 3: I would buy it.

Taster # 4: Would serve with food; a little dry for casual drinking

Taster # 5: Good wine; would pair nicely with beef or a heavy meet stew

Taster # 6: Would like with cheese

Taster # 7: Favorite one; could serve with anything; drink in afternoon or evening with candles

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Great drinking and food wine; rich fruit; balanced

Taster # 10: O.K.seems young; wouldn’t buy it, but would eat it with food if served

Rating | Score (overall quality with a score between 1-10)

Taster # 1: 7

Taster # 2: 8

Taster # 3: 7

Taster # 4: 7

Taster # 5: 5

Taster # 6: 8

Taster # 7: 8

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: 9

Taster # 10: 7

J Scott Petite Sirah 2009, Rogue Valley

Color | Appearance (hue, depth and clarity) >>

Taster # 1: Rich; deep

Taster # 2: Rich color

Taster # 3: Love the purple/deep red color

Taster # 4: Deep in color

Taster # 5: Dark

Taster # 6: Deep red

Taster # 7: Dark, deep, burgandy red

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Ultra, deep purple

Taster # 10: Bold, deep red

Nose | Aroma >>

Taster # 1: Lasting; mellow

Taster # 2: Very pleasant

Taster # 3: Nectarine

Taster # 4: Tobacco; some fruitiness

Taster # 5: Deep cherry

Taster # 6: N/A

Taster # 7: Sweet, white pepper

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Medium, black fruit; pepper

Taster # 10: Earthy; peppery

Taste | Flavors (Balance between sweetness, acidity and tannins) >>

Taster # 1: Tart

Taster # 2: A little acidic

Taster # 3: Seems nicely balanced

Taster # 4: Flavor, but short finish

Taster # 5: Surprisingly, an acidic background

Taster # 6: Dry

Taster # 7: Smokey; sweet spice; sweet cherries

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Medium, rich, black fruit and pepper; dry; soft, chalky tannins; medium acid

Taster # 10: Acidic; tannic; tart

Finish | Length (finish and lingering effect) >>

Taster # 1: Long-lasting

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: Very nice, long finish

Taster # 4: Short length

Taster # 5: Lingers in the back of the back of the throat

Taster # 6: Cherry on finish

Taster # 7: Nice consistent finish; long-lasting

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Medium finish; intense black fruit

Taster # 10: Lingers; aftertaste

Conclusions | Impressions >>

Taster # 1: I would buy and eat with beef

Taster # 2: Would buy and enjoy

Taster # 3: Really liked and would buy

Taster # 4: Might need to age a bit; tastes young

Taster # 5: Would go well with heavy cheeses and chocolate; I would buy it.

Taster # 6: Might like with lamb

Taster # 7: I would serve this wine. I really love it; feels young, but could mature nicely; would take it ringside and cork it with ribeye and lobster

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: Beautiful wine; rich; soft; elegant, dark fruit; mouthwatering

Taster # 10: Not my favorite; it’s O.K.; I would drink it, but wouldn’t buy it.

Rating | Score (overall quality with a score between 1-10)

Taster # 1: 8

Taster # 2: 7

Taster # 3: 7

Taster # 4: 4

Taster # 5: 7

Taster # 6: 7

Taster # 7: 7

Taster # 8: N/A

Taster # 9: 9

Taster # 10: 5

Willakenzie Estate Gamay Noir 2009, Willamette Valley

Color | Appearance (hue, depth and clarity) >>

Taster # 1: Deep

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: Very dark purple

Taster # 4: Ruby red; deep

Taster # 5: N/A

Taster # 6: Bright

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Medium; red; good legs

Taster # 9: Deep red and purple

Taster # 10: Light red; beautiful color

Nose | Aroma >>

Taster # 1: Acidic, tart smell

Taster # 2: Too strong

Taster # 3: N/A

Taster # 4: Deep cherry

Taster # 5: Balanced

Taster # 6: Light fruit

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Musky smell

Taster # 9: Pretty floral; red fruit; leafy

Taster # 10: Earthy

Taste | Flavors (Balance between sweetness, acidity and tannins) >>

Taster # 1: Tart, heavy flavor

Taster # 2: N/A

Taster # 3: Light, but taste is O.K.

Taster # 4: Balanced; spicy; white pepper

Taster # 5: Slight tartness, yet rich; berry

Taster # 6: Nice front of the mouth

Taster # 7: Berry with touch of celery

Taster # 8: Strong spice and herbs; earthy

Taster # 9: Rich red and black fruit; dry; medium acid; low tannins

Taster # 10: Smooth; semi-sweet

Finish | Length (finish and lingering effect) >>

Taster # 1: N/A

Taster # 2: Bitter

Taster # 3: N/A

Taster # 4: Long finish; well made

Taster # 5: Beautiful! Fantastic length!

Taster # 6: Finishes long; very fresh, but not immature

Taster # 7: N/A

Taster # 8: Short finish, but lasting tannic taste

Taster # 9: Medium to long finish; beautiful floral and red/black fruit

Taster # 10: Smooth; does not linger

Conclusions | Impressions >>

Taster # 1: O.K.; mature; buy blue cheese

Taster # 2: Probably wouldn’t buy

Taster # 3: I would buy it, but it’s not my favorite.

Taster # 4: Drink this young

Taster # 5: Really enjoy this one!

Taster # 6: Would buy it

Taster # 7: Would buy; very drinkable

Taster # 8: Tastes young; wouldn’t be on my shopping list

Taster # 9: Smooth; rich; balanced; elegant; This is an excellent wine for drinking or with food.

Taster # 10: Like it; great; I would buy this.

Rating | Score (overall quality with a score between 1-10)

Taster # 1: 6

Taster # 2: 4

Taster # 3: 6

Taster # 4: 7

Taster # 5: 8-9

Taster # 6: 7

Taster # 7: 7

Taster # 8: 4

Taster # 9: 8

Taster # 10: 8