Last weekend we had beautiful weather (in March in PDX, no less!) and so took advantage by driving out to a few of the many fantastic vineyards within an hour of our abode. As always, included in our visits was a favorite: Cliff Creek Vineyards tasting room in Carlton, OR.
Just over a year ago Cliff Creek wowed us with their Claret, (pronounced “clarette” not “claray”), which continues to be one of our favorite wines. In fact, it wasn’t on their flight list this time and we had to request a special taste, after which we of course bought a supply for home. It was surprisingly less expensive than we remembered at $22.50/bottle (club price). And well worth it!
A new surprise from Cliff Creek in this recent flight were their Syrahs. They featured a 2005 and 2004, and while the 2005 was tasty, the 2004 blew it (and our taste buds) away. We regret not taking home more than we did of the 2004, and if it’s still there we will likely grab a bit of both.
Another gem by Cliff Creek is a simple table wine, their “Red, Red Wine.” This yummy wine will please anyone with it’s full bodied flavor and low-cost at $12-15/bottle.
Also worth noting is that Cliff Creek has recently opened their new tasting room, just a few blocks away from their previous location, and it is gorgeous. They now sell by the glass, have outdoor seating, and an overall charming atmosphere. If you are ever tasting in the Willamette Valley, or just happen to be in Carlton, it’s a must-do!