Donna of Ninth Street Wine Market with the Gewürztraminer from Foris Vineyards
Donna of Ninth Street Wine Market with the Gewürztraminer from Foris Vineyards

I t was a tasting trip to Oregon’s Rogue Valley when the monthly Bee’s Knees educational tasting featured 5 wines from Foris Vineyards. Three whites and two reds were featured. Paired with the great tapas prepared by the Bee’s Knees staff it was a enjoyable evening.

The first wine of evening was the Pinot Blanc. A nice fruit forward wine that was nice and light and not sweet. This would be a great sipper. Like the tasting notes said “an ideal apertif or accompaniment to a relaxed moment on the back porch.”

The Gewürztraminer was very dry and light. For those who don’t like sweet white wines this would be for them. I would best describe this wine as “delicate.”

The Pinot Noir was a typical Pinot. Light mouthfeel, dark fruits and dry. This wine begs for a nice steak.

The Fly Over Red is a nice blend that is more complex than the average taster can describe. This also begs for a nice steak. The wine notes say this is a young wine and I suspect cellaring this one will produce a great wine in a few years.

The whites were very light in color
The whites were very light in color

The pairing tonight included: Pita squares and hummus, cucumber salad, bruschetta with tomatoes and cypress cheese and the ever popular fish tacos.
Where: Bee’s Knees Restaurant
211 Tenth St., Augusta, GA
706-828-3600

Sponsor: Ninth Street Wine Market, Augusta, GA 30901
706-724-1442

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6pm-8pm
Cost: $15 plus tax and tip. Wine presentation provided by Ninth Street Wine Market, 706-724-1442

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Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Foris Pinot Blanc 2009
  2. Foris Dry Gewürztraminer 2009
  3. Foris Pinot Noir 2008
  4. Foris Fly Over Red 2008
  5. Foris Muscat Frissante 2008

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Foris Pinot Blanc 2009
The finished wine has a nice juicy feel with flavors in the realm of Bartlett pear and Golden Delicious apples. It comes across as dry without being too austere. While it pairs well with a wide range of food from Sushi to cold roasted chicken, its easily approachable nature makes it an ideal aperitif or accompaniment to a relaxed moment on the back porch. –From their Website
From: Rogue River Valley, Oregon
Winery: Foris
Year: 2009

Foris Dry Gewürztraminer
Foris Dry Gewürztraminer

Foris Dry Gewürztraminer 2009
The 2009 growing season was a bit cooler than average through the summer but a late heat wave made for a fast and furious harvest of fully ripened fruit. The resulting wine has the classic nose of rose petal and lychee that Gewürztraminer is known for as well as stone fruits and lemongrass. The palate shows good concentration but stays fresh and lively due to its crisp acidity. We have always finished our Gewurztraminer drier than many of the more commercial bottlings in the market and 2009 is no exception. We find that this drier style more to our personal taste as well as that of our customers. —From their winemaker notes
From: Rogue River Valley, Oregon
Winery: Foris
Year: 2009

Foris Pinot Noir 2008
The wine exhibits fragrant fruit notes of blackberry, boysenberry and cherry with lots of spice. Five Spice, lavender, sandalwood and the aroma of a loamy cedar forest are quite forward. Well integrated French oak and fine tannins are a bit firm on entry, yet will become more voluptuous over time. The wine straddles the stylistic fence between being a forward, pretty, feminine style yet with enough structure, dark fruit and spice character that veers towards a more masculine style. –From their Website
From: Rogue River Valley, Oregon
Winery: Foris
Year: 2008

Foris Fly Over Red 2008
Saturated dark red color telegraphs that this is not a wimpy wine. Complex aromas of cocoa, mocha and concentrated black berry and cherry confirm that we are delivering some serious bang for the buck. Big flavors follow, along with a mouthful of chewy tannins that do demand some flavorful food or some more time in the bottle to mellow out. This is a big, young red that we’ve released on the early side, so give it some time or a hearty meal.–From their Website
From: Rogue River Valley, Oregon
Winery: Foris
Year: 2008

Foris Muscat Frissante 2008
Starts off as pure apple but slips into pear and honeydew melon with hints of peach; aromas of roses and lilac waft about. Yes, the wine is a touch sweet at the beginning, but aided by lively, pinpoint acidity it gets drier as it flows through the mouth, so the finish is actually a bit spare and stony (though the texture is seductively soft). The mild effervescence keeps the wine a little pert and sassy, but not obtrusively so. –From the evening’s tasting notes.
From: Rogue River Valley, Oregon
Winery: Foris
Year: 2008

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