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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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Winemaker Interview: David O'Reilly from Owen Roe

Photo by Zoe Mendell, Owen Roe WineryName: David O’Reilly

Winery: Owen Roe

Number of years in business: 11 years

How would you describe your winemaking philosophy?

Find the best vineyards and keep my hands off in the winery.

What wines or winemakers helped influence your philosophy?

I enjoy wines from all over the globe. I appreciate the greatness of Burgundy, the sublimeness of Mosel, the uniqueness of South Africa, the beauty of Oregon Pinot Noirs, the richness of Napa, the silkiness of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, the bubbles from grower Champagne, the fragrance of Yakima Valley.

How involved in grape-growing are you? Is there a particular vineyard site that wows you year after year?

The vineyards are the arbiter of quality—the little things done at the right time throughout the year make the wine.

How do you think your palate has evolved over the years? How do you think that’s influenced your wines?

I have toned down my interest in richness and have found wines with finesse to be more aligned both with my current palate but also characteristics in the wines that I am creating from the Willamette and Yakima Valleys.

What changes are planned for coming vintages? Any new varietals, blends or propriety wines on the horizon?

Maybe the addition of an Oregon Chardonnay—I really like the complexity and age-worthiness of Willamette Valley Chards.

Is there a style of wine that you think appeals to critics that might not represent your favorite style? How do you deal with it?

Critics like what they like and I make what I make. [But]I think that with social media everyone has become a critic—so it is all the more incumbent to create wines worthy of their place.

What do you drink when you are not drinking your own wine?

I enjoy other Northwest wines—I especially like Oregon Pinot Noir and wines from the Columbia Valley, particularly from smaller producers. I also enjoy [wines from] Chablis, Mosel, Alsace, Burgundy, Loire. I appreciate well-made wines from all over—especially those that represent well the region from which the grapes are grown.

What kinds of food do you like to pair your wines with?

Fresh local food from the Northwest.

Do you collect wine? What’s in your cellar these days?

Not really.

What do you see as some of the biggest challenges or hurdles facing the wine industry today?

There [are] increasingly more and more wines available to the consumer—both domestic and imported. To have a modest presence in the marketplace is requiring greater salesmanship, and this is tough for those of us not naturally inclined to schlep wine around the country.


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