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Vista Hills Pinot Gris Treehouse Estate 2014 Product #29500 (In Stock)
Vista Hills Pinot Gris Treehouse Estate 2014 Vista Hills Pinot Gris Treehouse Estate 2014

On opening, aromas of golden delicious apple, apple skin, nectarine, Myer lemon peel and waxy white flower.  On the palate, the fruit turns spicier with pear, apple, and honeydew melon at the center and a hint of nuttiness.   The finish pops with bright, vibrant, acidity that lifts the green pear, Acacia flower, and lime pith flavors across a long, dry, finish.  Leaves your mouth watering and green melon and spice flavors lingering.  Drinks like a cross between Pinot Blanc – crisp, bright, green apple-laced – and bone dry Riesling – aromatic, a touch floral, and full of juicy acids.

Give it a few more months – or even a short decant now – and the wine opens beautifully.  The fruit get richer, and riper, picking up a more golden hue and a hint of hazelnut without losing the floral and Myer lemon accents.  The texture gets fleshier and finish more broad and rich, too, but the bright green apple acids and touch of lime zest bitterness keep things fresh and very drinkable. At all times, it’s a delicious match for everything from ham to salmon to seafood to salads or more.  Or just for  sipping on a pretty Spring afternoon.

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Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvee 2013 Product #28814 (In Stock)
Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvee 2013 Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvee 2013

John Grochau’s easy-drinking, early release, Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvee always gives us a nice preview of the vintage to come, and his 2013 leaves us feeling very excited indeed.  John’s hands-off approach to winemaking (“Don’t screw it up” is his motto) and light use of new oak (just 10% here) lets classic Pinot cherry fruit and accents of cranberry, fresh earth, flower petal, and spice shine through clear as a bell.  The fruit shows some of the dark richness found in Willamette’s last hot vintage (2009), but with better freshness and a light, silky, texture that makes this wonderfully easy to drink.  Fantastic value in handcrafted Willamette Valley Pinot Noir!

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Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 Product #29547 (In Stock)
Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

From four different blocks of Vista Hills’ Dundee Hills estate, this is a great example of the charm and richness you’ll find in the best 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs (and a screaming value, too!).  The estate’s Jory soils easily shed the big dose of late-September rains, allowing the fruit to process the extra water and hang until full ripeness (at 13.3% abv) in early October.  The grapes where hand harvested, sorted twice – in the vineyard and again at the winery – and then aged 14 months in all used French oak to produce 818 cases of lovely, pure, Pinot.

You’ll get 2013’s warm ripeness on the nose, with spicy, earthy, scents of rich black cherry, cranberry, fresh flowers and a hint of blood orange.  On the palate the wine is surprisingly rich and weighty, but with fine transparency and freshness, too.  Complex flavors of cherry, candied cranberry, orange zest, and strawberry are framed by notes of spice, smoke, and earth.  The sweet fruit flavors carry on through the gentle finish where you’ll get a burst of cranberry, cherry and blood orange supported by fresh acids and soft, supple, tannins.  This is a LOT of wine for the money.

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Evesham Wood Blanc Du Puits Sec 2014 Product #29570 (In Stock)
Evesham Wood Blanc Du Puits Sec 2014 Evesham Wood Blanc Du Puits Sec 2014

This blend of 85% Pinot Gris, almost 15% Gewurztraminer, and dashes of Traminer and Riesling shows just how much Oregon's climate can excel with these traditionally cool-climate varieties. The classic Gewurztraminer notes of rose petals and lychee are tempered by the bright acidity and minerality of the Pinot Gris. A delicious standalone sipper that would also be fantastic with pork.

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Cristom Pinot Noir Willamette Mt. Jefferson 2012 375ml Product #29647 (In Stock)
Cristom Pinot Noir Willamette Mt. Jefferson 2012 375ml Cristom Pinot Noir Willamette Mt. Jefferson 2012 375ml

An Oregon classic, with 40% whole-cluster fruit used in the great 2012 vintage.

"The 2012 Mt Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir comes from vines located above the winery augmented by purchased fruit from notable vineyards. It contains around 40% whole-cluster fruit (one of the central tenets at Cristom), and only undergoes one racking during its 12 months in barrel: one just before filtration and then just before bottling. It has an attractive tertiary/woodland-scented bouquet with dried rose petal notes coming through, much less fruit driven than many other 2012 Pinot Noirs. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. It is quite sappy in style with crisp black fruit rather than red, leading to a focused, slightly austere, tobacco-tinged and saline finish. I would afford this a year in bottle for this "classic" style of Oregon Pinot."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013 Product #28269 (In Stock)
Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013 Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013

A satisfying Pinot Gris from one of Oregon's best-known producers.  On the  nose, you'll find aromas of white flowers like magnolias, lime zest, and a hint of white tea.  There's a pleasing richness here, cleaned up by fresh citrus flavors.  Perfect as a standalone sipper or with Vietnamese food!

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Haden Fig Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 Product #29501 (In Stock)
Haden Fig Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 Haden Fig Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

Everything to love about Oregon’s 2013 harvest is on display in this utterly delicious Pinot Noir from Evesham Wood’s Erin Nuccio.  Bright, fresh, aromas of sweet cherry, strawberry, mineral and spice waft from the glass.  Take a sip and you’ll feel a tingle of focused acidity on the tip of your tongue before sweet cherry, red berry, orange peel, and black tea flavors race across your palate.  The interplay of the sweet fruit at the wine’s core and the surrounding bright pomegranate, orange zest, and spice accents is simply lovely and captivating.  Finishes juicy and elegant with a subtle meaty/savory note riding under the fresh berry fruit.  Easy to drink right now and sure to improve for 3-4 years – if you can wait!

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Haden Fig Chardonnay Willamette Valley Juliette 2012 Product #29561 (In Stock)
Haden Fig Chardonnay Willamette Valley Juliette 2012 Haden Fig Chardonnay Willamette Valley Juliette 2012

Erin Nuccio made just 3.5 barrels of this elegant, Burgundy-style, Chardonnay in the great 2012 Oregon harvest and named it for his daughter, Juliette.  Barrel fermented and aged for 18 months on the lees (but with no stirring), it opens with complex aromas of green apple, toasted nuts, and a hint of butter.  Then, you'll find layered flavors of citrus, lemon curd, Granny Smith, and hazelnut.  Creamy textured but crisp and nutty on the vivid finish.  Give it a big swirl or even a short decant and watch it unfurl!

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Ponzi Pinot Noir Tavola 2013 Product #29358 (In Stock)
Ponzi Pinot Noir Tavola 2013 Ponzi Pinot Noir Tavola 2013

Tavola is Willamette Valley pioneer Dick Ponzi's "everyday" Oregon Pinot.  A blend of several vineyards in the northern half of the Valley, Ponzi makes this to emphasize fruit with just a touch of spice and show nicely right on release.  The 2013 vintage's fresh cherry and red berry fruit flavors and juicy texture shine nicely and the finish is fresh and easy.  A very nice value wine.

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Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Willamette Valley 2012 Product #29689 (In Stock)
Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Willamette Valley 2012 Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Willamette Valley 2012

As they like to say at the winery, Cristom is a collaboration among three long-time partners to make wines that are "both visionary and old-fashioned."  Vineyard work is as natural as possible, with no chemical fertilizers and minimal sprays.  Winemaking relies on native yeast fermentations, careful use of new oak, and the inclusion of whole grape clusters in the fermentation vat for better texture and longer life. 

Way back in 1994, Cristom introduced the Mt. Jefferson cuvee as the winery’s calling card.  It’s always one of the USA’s top restaurant Pinot Noirs both for its stylish immediate accessibility and outstanding value.  In 2012, there’s a nice layer of richly ripe fruit at the wine’s core to complement the classic Cristom grippy tannins and sappy-smooth texture.  Drink right now and through 2022.

“The 2012 Mt Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir comes from vines located above the winery augmented by purchased fruit from notable vineyards. It contains around 40% whole-cluster fruit (one of the central tenets at Cristom), and only undergoes one racking during its 12 months in barrel: one just before filtration and then just before bottling. It has an attractive tertiary/woodland-scented bouquet with dried rose petal notes coming through, much less fruit driven than many other 2012 Pinot Noirs. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. It is quite sappy in style with crisp black fruit rather than red, leading to a focused, slightly austere, tobacco-tinged and saline finish.” Wine Advocate 89 points

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Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 Product #29566 (In Stock)
Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

A pretty label for a very pretty wine, especially in the attractive 2013 vintage.  Plenty of ripeness here, with bright cherry and raspberry fruit lifted by juicy acids and framed by notes of forest floor, spice, and mint. The structure is elegant, without an ounce of excess weight, and the aromas and flavors wonderfully pure and persistent. A touch of spice comes up on the supple finish.

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Ransom Vermouth Dry Nv Product #27503 (In Stock)
Ransom Vermouth Dry Nv Ransom Vermouth Dry Nv

Oregon's Ransom brings us this unique Vermouth made with Pinot and a mix of other aromatic white varietals.  On the nose, it's got a little more ginger and vanilla character than most other dry Vermouths we've tried.  On the palate, that ginger kick continues, and it's got a tart, snappy finish that comes out even more when mixed with a little fizzy water.  A great addition to fall cocktails!

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Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Eola Cuvee 2013 Product #29569 (In Stock)
Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Eola Cuvee 2013 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Eola Cuvee 2013

Owner/winemaker at this legendary Willamette Valley estate since 2010, Erin Nuccio used all he learned from Evesham Wood founder Russ Ramey to create an elegant, delicious, 2013 cuvee from selected vineyards around the Eola Hills.  Like all Evesham Wood’s estate wines, it’s made naturally from organically farmed grapes harvested earlier than most – perfectly ripe but still bursting with juicy acid.

Like last year's 2012, this serves up complex aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, earthy mushroom, sweet spice, and forest floor.  On the palate, it's mouthfilling but very elegant in weight with layered flavors of blackberry, huckleberry, sweet cherry, and fresh earth.  The pure, generous, flavors roll across your tongue with fine grace and persistence and linger nicely over the bright acids and fine-grained tannins.

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Penner-Ash Viognier Oregon 2013 Product #29017 (In Stock)
Penner-Ash Viognier Oregon 2013 Penner-Ash Viognier Oregon 2013

Lynn Penner-Ash is best known for her elegant Willamette Pinot Noirs, but here she's created a beautiful aromatic Viognier from vineyards further South.  Rich aromas of ripe pear, honeysuckle, mint, and tropical flowers lead to a rich, soft, palate of pear, peach, crushed flowers, and honey.  There's a nice touch of stone minerality and bright acids for shape and freshness and a long, honeysuckle and peach, finish.  A gem.

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Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Le Puits Sec 2012 Product #29207 (In Stock)
Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Le Puits Sec 2012 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Le Puits Sec 2012

One of the few top 2012s still waiting on its first critical reviews, making this elegant, very pure, Pinot from one of the Eola Hills' very best vineyards an under-the-radar buying opportunity.  Biodynamic farming, limited new oak, and the unique yeasts former owner Russ Ramey cultivated from the cellars of Burgundy's Henri Jayer all come together perfectly here.  A perfume and flavors of crushed cherry and red berry fruit, fresh flowers, damp earth, and a touch of savory herb.  The finish is long and the texture like silk, but there's sneaky power here and plenty of cellar potential.

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2009 Product #28035 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2009 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2009

Normally sold only at the winery or to mailing list customers, we’re delighted to be the only retailer in the country to get an allocation of this two barrel/50 case wine.  Wadenswil was Oregon’s first Pinot Noir clone and, with Pommard, responsible for the region’s first head-turning successes.  Although the fashion for Dijon clones dominated Oregon plantings in the 2000s, thoughtful growers have come to realize that Wadenswil clones grown on loose, sedimentary, soils deliver a uniquely delicious blend of savory spice and deep, luscious, fruit that Dijon clones miss.

That’s what you’ll find here from 10 year-old Wadenswil vines grown without irrigation on patches of sedimentary soil throughout the Amalie Robert vineyard.  Low yields, higher than normal leaf cover, and late harvesting allow Wadenswil’s tannins to soften and ripe fruit flavors to develop without any excessive alcohol.  Whole cluster fermented with native yeast and aged in barrel for at least 12 months, this wine is made from the two barrels that Ernie and Dena think best expresses Wadenswil’s potential in their unique, Southern Willamette Valley, site.

“Bright red. Heady, exotic aromas of candied red fruits, sandalwood, lavender and rose. Juicy, sweet and focused, offering fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Shows an array of spice and floral qualities on the finish, along with notes of candied raspberry and bitter rhubarb. Wild stuff, and balanced to age.” International Wine Cellar 93 points

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013 Product #28905 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013

Yamhill-Carlton AVA on Sedimentary/Willakenzie soils.  Wine Advocate has suggested that Shea is the Willamette Valley’s one potential “superstar” vineyard and Ken makes the benchmark wine from this famous site.  Ken uses fruit from three different blocks in the vineyard, two planted to Dijon 114 and one to Dijon 777 clones. Shea Vineyard gives black/red fruit - especially blueberry - but with more spice and earth than other Yamhill-Carlton wines.  Always a fine marriage of ripe fruit and juicy, fresh, texture, this usually wants a few years in cellar to show its best. Ken pretty much made the reputation of this vineyard, and it's always one of his most powerful, concentrated, wines. 

His notes on the 2013 suggest a typical, intense and dark-fruited, Shea: “Floral and spice focused.  Blue fruit, blueberry, black currant with delicate anise and cola notes.”

"Supple, generous and expressive on an open frame that lets the flavors float, with a tinge of crisp tannins impinging slightly on the black cherry and Earl Grey tea flavors, which linger on the elegant finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,273 cases made."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais 2012 Product #29758 (In Stock)
Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais 2012 Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais 2012

Pure, silky, limited.

"from Dijon clone (113, 114, 115, 667 and 777) and includes 5 percent whole-cluster fruit. Harvested October 6, it sees 40 percent new cooperage. This is much more reserved on the nose compared to the Cuvee de Tonneliere '12, but displays exquisite delineation with lucid black cherries, dried fig and limestone scents that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and layers of rounded redcurrant, cranberry and pomegranate fruit. There is presence rather than weight here, although I suspect it will benefit from a year in bottle once released, probably more for those with patience. Still, this is another outstanding contribution to the vintage from Brick House."Wine Advocate 94 points

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Cristom Pinot Noir Willamette Louise Vineyard 2012 Product #29690 (In Stock)
Cristom Pinot Noir Willamette Louise Vineyard 2012 Cristom Pinot Noir Willamette Louise Vineyard 2012

A few months back, I was fortunate enough to try a bottle of 2008 Louise – flat out the very best bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir I’ve ever tasted.  I see no reason why the 2012 won’t be at least that good in a few years.  From a complex vineyard featuring dense plantings on Missoula flood soils at the bottom and volcanic basalt at the 445 foot peak.  The lower part of the vineyard basks in warm sunshine all day long and is usually the first Pinot Cristom harvests.  The upper half cools off in the shade of trees platned at the top of the hill and is always one of the last picked.  The result is a lovely combination of plump, ripe, fruit with a firm backbone of acidity and tannin. Easy to taste now, but best from next year - 2024 or longer.

“The 2012 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard, which is often the first and last fruit to be harvested because part of the vines lack sunshine late in the afternoon. It has a well-defined and very natural bouquet with ebullient red berry fruit intermixed with rose petals and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, wonderful focus and superb tension right to the finish. This feels a little more compact and backward than Cristom's other 2012, but there is clearly breeding and sophistication here.”Wine Advocate 94 points

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Cristom Pinot Noir Willamette Eileen Vineyard 2012 Product #29691 (In Stock)
Cristom Pinot Noir Willamette Eileen Vineyard 2012 Cristom Pinot Noir Willamette Eileen Vineyard 2012

From the coolest, highest site at Cristom (reaching 705 feet) and also the youngest, planted in 1997.  The mix of fine draining soils, bright sunshine, and cooler temperatures – plus the largest proportion of Dijon clones among Cristom’s wines – makes this softer, more supple, and more approachable young than some of the other single-vineyard bottlings.  In 2012, there’s a bit more grip than in some years, but still fine elegance and grace with a finish that fans out like a peacock’s tail. 

“The 2012 Pinot Noir Eileen is the youngest estate-vineyard cuvee that debuted in 2000, so the vines are now around 15 years old, located at the highest elevation (it was once a Christmas tree farm.) It is planted with Dijon clones at 2,300 vines per acre. The nose is very attractive with refined red cherry, wild strawberry and red plum fruit that gently unfolds in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a pert entry, crisp acidity and lip-smacking salinity. This is nicely structured with firm backbone that neatly offsets that black fruit toward the grippy finish. Give this a year in bottle and then it should continue drinking nicely over the next decade.”Wine Advocate 92 points

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