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Aromas of honeysuckle, apple blossoms and more

Uncorked Ramblings: The new wines are here

Published on April 19, 2017 3:25PM


The calendar says it’s spring and wineries across Oregon are busy releasing their latest creations. We’re doing the same thing here at The Wine Shack and are proud to have our new Puffin vintages on the shelves. We’ve waited patiently for the releases because we know just how delicious these wines are and are glad to finally be sharing them with you.

The first new release is our 2016 Puffin Pinot Gris, which was named “best of class” and earned a double gold medal at this February’s Savor Northwest Wine Awards. This crisp, amber-colored pinot gris offers aromas of honeysuckle, apple blossoms, melon, and lemon zest follow which makes it so inviting. Pinot gris is Oregon’s signature white wine and our 2016 may be the best Puffin Pinot Gris we’ve made. I recommend serving this chilled. Puffin Pinot Gris pairs nicely with Asian cuisine, cheese plates, salads, fish and shellfish (especially crab cakes).

Our new 2016 Puffin Rosé of Pinot Noir was the biggest change in our portfolio. Past vintages of Puffin Rosé were made with a blend of Grenache and Syrah from Southern Oregon. Last year, I decided Puffin Rosé should be made from 100 percent pinot noir and moved rosé production to Pudding River Wine Cellars. The fruit for Puffin Rosé of Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from Pudding River’s estate Pinot Noir vineyard, the same vineyard that supplies fruit for our Puffin Pinot Noir. This wine earned a gold medal at Savor Northwest earlier this year and was a finalist for best of class.

This dry, salmon-colored wine delivers delightful notes of strawberry shortcake, pomegranate and candy apple. It’s almost impossible to mispair rosé with food as it goes nicely with just about everything. But, I find the best pairing to be a bottle of Puffin Rosé and a sunny day at the beach. We only made 100 cases of rosé this year, so this wine is going to sell out quickly.

Our 2014 Puffin Pinot Noir has a very different flavor profile than the 2013. The 2014 Puffin Pinot Noir leads with flavors of red cherry and raspberry paired while notes of classic Oregon Pinot Noir forest floor surprise from the background. If you’re an Oregon Pinot Noir fan, you’re going to love this wine. This wine earned a judge’s selection at the Great Northwest Wine Competition last fall and a silver medal at the Savor Northwest Wine Awards this year.

We also released our 2014 Puffin Cabernet Sauvignon which offers classic cab aromas of black cherry, black currant and herbs. On the palate, the dark fruit flavors of combine with notes of black licorice, coffee, sage and cedar. Puffin Cabernet Sauvignon is made entirely with fruit from Spofford Station Vineyard in Walla Walla, Washington. For a Pacific Northwest cab, that’s about the best pedigree you can have. Puffin Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 pairs nicely with a wide variety of foods, including grilled ribeye, beef stew, hard cheeses and pasta with marinara sauce.

Those are the new wines in the Puffin lineup. We also have our 2015 Puffin Chardonnay and Puffin Red Blend, which were released in 2016. We’ll be pouring Puffin wines a bit more often than we have in the past because customers have asked us to. We look forward to having you come in and taste the new wines!

Please drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive. See you at The Shack!



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