We caught a few days of sunshine and drove down to Ashland, Oregon to see a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The play we saw, Shakespeare in Love, had an awesome dog (although the queen was the standout performance).
On the way back up to the Eugene / Springfield area, we stopped to taste wine at a few fan-favorites. Of the five tasting rooms we stopped at across two days, I found most of my favorites at Weisinger.
Here’s what we tasted and some speed notes.
- 2014 Gewurztraminer – Nice minerality, light and bone dry. Refreshing citrus on the nose, with green apple flavors. This was made from old vines planted 1978 – 1979.
- 2013 MV (Marsanne & Viognier) – Should be paired with food, at least newly opened.
- 2015 Rose of Syrah – One of my favorites of the flight (I got a bottle). Wonderful balance of sweetness and spice, not too heavy.
- 2013 Estate Pinot Noir – Strong pepper on the nose, which always reminds me of Oregon PN. Bolder than the Willamette Valley PNs, with purple fruit and good ageability.
- NV Mescolare – This Syrah-dominant blend is supposed to be non-vintage, but it just so happened that all the Syrah that went into the bottle we tasted was 2013. Lots of pepper, but finishes like a Cab Sauv. Nice soft tannins.
- 2013 Claret – Black pepper and plum, with strong tannin but not overwhelming.
- 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – Chocolate and licorice on the nose, dark purple fruit.
Bonus tip: Where to stay
The Flagship Inn doesn’t look like much from the outside, but we drove down to Ashland with no plans and no reservations. We cruised around town and stumbled upon a cute motel with nice rooms, WiFi, and breakfast for under $100/night.
P.S. Okay, Internet peeps. Which one of you left a surprise meme?