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Ransom Pinot Gris Eola Amity 2012 Product #27740 (In Stock)
Ransom Pinot Gris Eola Amity 2012 Ransom Pinot Gris Eola Amity 2012

Very little made (just 232 cases) of this organically grown, naturally made, Piont Gris from Cattrall and Temperance Hill vineyards.  A rich, deeply-textured, take on Oregon Pinot Gris that shows the complexity of whole cluster pressing, two months on the lees, and just the right hint of residual sugar. Aromas and flavors of heirloom apples, tart pear, mountain flowers and brioche bread.  Creamy and rich on the palate but then juicy and refreshing on the mouthwatering finish where lemon custard and browned pear notes linger.

"Ample and subtly creamy, this still offers more than enough refreshing primary juiciness and an abundance of ripe peach as if close to the core: subtly piquant and salty in a manner that really stimulates the salivary glands. A garland of bittersweet floral perfume and additionally invigorating twist of lime peel add to the appeal of this outstanding value that should prove highly versatile until at least 2015."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Vista Hills Fourmen Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 Product #28874 (In Stock)
Vista Hills Fourmen Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 Vista Hills Fourmen Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

Here’s an unbelievable deal on delicious 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – you’ll look long and hard to find a small production Pinot from Estate grown fruit at anything like this price.  Like more famous neighbors – Domaine Serene, Domain Drouhin, Archery Summit, Sokol Blosser and more – Vista Hills’ 42 acre vineyard relies on altitude and brick-red Jory soils (plus sustainable farming practices) to turn out ripe, elegant, and complex fruit – and never more than in the great 2012 vintage!

The Fourmen Pinot is based on 4 different vineyard blocks and mixes gutsy Pommard with more aromatic, Dijon Clone stock.  The ripe-picked fruit gets a gentle fermentation and then 18 months aging in medium-toast French oak (about 25% new).  Ripe and generous notes of black and red cherry and fresh crushed raspberries get accents of fresh cut flowers, toasted oak, and fresh turned earth.  There’s just enough tannin here to support rich food (duck or salmon would be great), but also keep this easy to drink on its own.  A very nice $30-caliber wine at a much better price!

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Brandborg Pinot Noir Bench Lands Oregon 2009 Product #26356 (In Stock)
Brandborg Pinot Noir Bench Lands Oregon 2009 Brandborg Pinot Noir Bench Lands Oregon 2009

Hard to believe, but the best selling $20 Pinot in the store is even better in 2009 than before.  Once again, a fairly lightly colored, elegant, bottle of Oregon Pinot from the Umpqua Valley. Lovely aromas of berries, mushroom and roses lead to a silky, vibrant, mouthful of fresh strawberries, crunchy cherries and fresh turned earth.  Just a tad more depth and smoke than the fine 2008 and ready to drink now.

"Light red. Zesty redcurrant and cherry aromas are deepened by smoky spices and cola. Lively and sharply focused, offering nervy red berry flavors and silky texture. The spiciness repeats on the energetic finish, which leaves a bitter cherry note behind."International Wine Cellar 88 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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Elk Cove Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013 Product #28296 (In Stock)
Elk Cove Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013 Elk Cove Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013

A long-time staff and customer favorite, Elk Cove's Pinot Gris is always about ripe pear and apple fruit, subtle acacia flowers, and juicy lime acidity.  At once creamy and juicy, this remains one of the most reliable - and delicious - Oregon Pinot Gris wines we know.

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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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Wildaire Gewurztraminer Columbia Gorge 2013 Product #28900 (In Stock)
Wildaire Gewurztraminer Columbia Gorge 2013 Wildaire Gewurztraminer Columbia Gorge 2013

WildAire is in the Willamette Valley - far too cool for Gewurz - so they source this fruit from the warmer Oak Ridge Vineyard on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. It's a rich, exotic, wine with loads of lychee, guava, and super-ripe pear fruit with accents of warm baking spice and rose petal.  There's some sweetness here but juicy apple acidity and a touch of spritz keeps it fresh and clean.  Stunning with spicy Asian or Indian food!

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Brandborg Pinot Noir Bench Lands Oregon 2011 Product #28895 (In Stock)
Brandborg Pinot Noir Bench Lands Oregon 2011 Brandborg Pinot Noir Bench Lands Oregon 2011

Yet another outstanding vintage for this excellent value Pinot Noir from Umpqua Valley - just south of Willamette and home of Oregon's very first Pinot Noir plantings.  A lightly colored, elegant, bottle of Oregon Pinot with lovely aromas of berries, mushroom and roses and a silky, vibrant, mouthful of fresh strawberries, crunchy cherries and fresh turned earth - ready to drink now.

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Matello Pinot Noir Hommage Willamette Valley 2011 Product #27515 (In Stock)
Matello Pinot Noir Hommage Willamette Valley 2011 Matello Pinot Noir Hommage Willamette Valley 2011

Marcus makes this cuvee as a “Thank You” to all of the Willamette Valley winemakers who shared their talent, skill, and experience with him as he was learning to make wine.  It’s a blend of fruit from sites in Yamhill and the Dundee Hills.  It’s usually his darkest flavored Pinot Noir, but in the bright, crisp, 2011 vintage it fairly sparkles.  Complex aromas of ripe Pinot fruit, smoke and spice lead to vibrant flavors of sweet black cherry and savory smoke, spice, and mineral.  The flavors swirl around from sweetly fruited to floral and then to spice/earth/mineral and back again as juicy acids and fine, ripe, tannin make your mouth water.  Marcus (and I!) think this will follow the trajectory of his 2007s, gaining depth of fruit and softening over the next 3-5 years but never getting heavy or dense.  Beautiful stuff.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml Product #26569 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml

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.

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Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Eola Cuvee 2012 Product #28689 (In Stock)
Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Eola Cuvee 2012 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Eola Cuvee 2012

Owner/winemaker at this legendary Willamette Valley estate since 2010, Erin Nuccio used all he learned from Evesham Wood founder Russ Ramey to capture the full magic of Oregon’s 2012 harvest.  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. 

If you loved the La Grive Bleue, you'll be fascinated by the fuller, darker aromas of blackberries, dark cherries, and a hint of earthy mushrooms and forest floor.  On the palate, it's satisfyingly mouthfilling, with flavors of ripe blackberries, and dusty tannins.  Despite its fuller body and darker fruit flavors, the finish is clean and mouthwatering.  A perfect match for grilled salmon or duck.  Delicious!

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Brick House Vineyards Gamay Noir Willamette Valley 2012 Product #28786 (In Stock)
Brick House Vineyards Gamay Noir Willamette Valley 2012 Brick House Vineyards Gamay Noir Willamette Valley 2012

Doug Tunnel’s Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc (or just “Gamay” to most folks) is widely recognized as one of the two or three best versions in the world outside of the top Crus of Beaujolais.  The 2012 is the best we’ve ever tasted here, with all of the stony minerality, dark fruit, and floral aromas and flavors you’d expect from a top Beaujolais – but with the lush texture and sweet, ripe, fruit you’d expect in the great 2012 harvest.  There’s a lot in common with Thibault Liger-Belair’s award-winning Moulin-a-Vent, but with more fruit and a touch less tannin and granite on the finish.  A great wine for roast chicken, salmon, cheese, casseroles, beef tenderloin – oh just buy the stuff and drink it!

“This is one of Oregon’s most unique wines, and one that rises confidently to the level of excellent cru Beaujolais in a ripe year. Bright and spicy with generous flavors of strawberry and blueberry, this sports lip-smacking acidity and a dash of minerality. The sweet young fruit is full, forward and delicious.”Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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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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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2007 Product #25736 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2007 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2007

“Beautiful”, “lovely”, and “elegant” all appear again and again in my tasting notes here.  Opens with soaring aromatics of juicy red fruit, spice, and fresh cut fragrant flowers.  In the mouth weightless and utterly transparent with raspberry and strawberry fruits lifted by bright acidity and complicated by notes of licorice and spice. Floral and cherry flavors linger on and on.

“Limpid red. Suave, complex scents of fresh red berries, potpourri, incense and licorice. Palate-staining strawberry and raspberry flavors are lifted by notes of orange peel and white pepper, with a deeper cherry pit quality emerging on the back. Suave and accessible right now, finishing with very good cut and length.”International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Matello Pinot Noir Souris Willamette Valley 2011 Product #27588 (In Stock)
Matello Pinot Noir Souris Willamette Valley 2011 Matello Pinot Noir Souris Willamette Valley 2011

The 2011 edition of Souris had just been bottled when I tasted it in August, so it was understandably hard to read.  Already very complex with crunchy cherry and raspberry fruit surrounding notes of smoke, roasted coffee, wild flowers and more.  This is very tangy and, perhaps, a touch harsh at its very young age, but by this time next year will be pure and long and in 5 more years will deliver loads of dark fruit and complex secondary notes with a satisfying, mouthwatering, finish.  Try it now to imagine the great stuff to come – and sit on some until 2017!

"From fruit grown in the Whistling Ridge and Durant vineyards; made with 55% whole clusters and raised in 40% new oak. Vivid red. Vibrant red berry and Asian spice aromas are given depth by notes of vanilla and licorice and pick up a minerally nuance with air. Juicy raspberry and cherry-cola flavors tighten up in the mid-palate and show very good clarity. Finishes spicy and long, with silky tannins adding structure."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Ayoub Pinot Noir Memoirs 2012 Product #28461 (In Stock)
Ayoub Pinot Noir Memoirs 2012 Ayoub Pinot Noir Memoirs 2012

Fruit from 4 excellent Dundee Hills and McMinnville vineyards that, in 2012, is darn close to Mo Ayoub's single vineyard wines in quality.  As Mo explains, "The picture on the 2012 label features a picture of my dad taken in his store in the early 1960s. The enticing nose welcomes you with a mixture of black cherry, blueberries, nutmeg, white pepper and loam. The palate offers an array of black and red fruit, orange zest, framed in round/well integrated tannin. The long expressive finish is highlighted with hints of minerality and exotic spices."

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Dijon Clones 2009 Product #28036 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Dijon Clones 2009 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Dijon Clones 2009

We had a little of the 2008 late last year, but the 2009 may be even better.  It’s a blend of 5 Dijon clones, grown on 4 different rootstocks sourced from 9 dry farmed blocks, each fermented with some whole clusters and aged in barrel for at least 12 months.  Like all Amalie Robert wines, it’s released late, which means you can actually enjoy it now (although it will age beautifully).  Pretty, bright, and full of sweet Dijon clone red fruits balanced by bright, spring-like, acidity.  Mouthwatering and delicious.

"Bright red. Sexy, spice-accented aromas of red berry preserves, potpourri and sandalwood, with a touch of cola in the background. Shows very good intensity and sweetness, offering lithe raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of bitter blood orange. Closes on a spicy note, with excellent clarity and persistent sweetness."International Wine Cellar 92 points

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Ayoub Pinot Noir Brittan Vineyard 2011 Product #26946 (In Stock)
Ayoub Pinot Noir Brittan Vineyard 2011 Ayoub Pinot Noir Brittan Vineyard 2011

Former winemaker/GM at Napa’s Stags’ Leap Winery Robert Brittan makes Mo Ayoub’s wines and also supplies a little fruit for Ayoub from his own rocky, windswept, vineyard in McMinville.  While the flavors are dark and rich here, the high acidity and small-berry intensity make this more lifted and bright than the Estate Pinot.

"Ayoub’s 120 cases of 2011 Pinot Noir Brittan Vineyard adds to the delicious accumulation of evidence that this dramatically domed and stonily basaltic site south of McMinnville developed by his oenological coach Robert Brittan is among the most exciting in the Willamette Valley, indeed in the entire U.S. (See especially my account of the Brittan estate wines in this report and that of Issue 202.) “There’s just more of everything here,” notes Ayoub of the present instantiation, and the most dramatic thing I notice is an emphasis on black fruits rare for this vintage, but whose sense of ripeness is allied to vintage-typically tartly bright fruit acids that seem to be buffered by sheer density. The feel here is firm but not hard or austere. Savory elements of animal blood, smoked meat and game lend striking contrast to the intense fruit. An onrush of what I can only refer to as rocks and gravel sets the seal of intriguing complexity on this Pinot’s audacious performance. No doubt it will settle down somewhat with a few years in bottle, but I suspect – even though only short-term track record for the bottle evolution of Pinot from this site has accumulated – that one will want to hold at least a portion of this concentrate through 2025."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee Tonnelier 2012 Product #28819 (In Stock)
Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee Tonnelier 2012 Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee Tonnelier 2012

Doug Tunnell's French ancestors were coopers and took the French name for their craft – Tonnelier – as their surname long ago.  He named this wine in honor of his father and makes it in small quantities (about 250 cases) in top vintages from his oldest, best-situated, Pommard vines with just 25% new oak.  It was the hit of our recent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir class and has earned 92 point ratings from Wine Advocate for the past 3 vintages.  It's better than that in 2012.

Opens with lovely smoky tea, fruit blossom and ripe red fruit aromas with just a hint of underbrush.  In the mouth, it's a stunning blend of ripe flavor intensity and an elegant, silky texture.  Black cherry, red raspberry, and red plum fruit flavors are framed by notes of fruit blossom, damp earth, sweet spice, and the wood smoke accents you'd expect from a wine named for a cooper.   Everything is in wonderful harmony through the very long, complex, finish supported by smooth tannins and just the right squirt of acidity.  Very hard to resist right now - so don't bother! - but built to gain depth and complexity for 5-7 years more.

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Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011 Product #26926 (In Stock)
Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011

Another stunning release from one of Oregon's top Pinot Producers in the tricky 2011 vintage.  A blend of fruit from top vineyards - Shea, Guadolupe, and Beaux Freres' own Upper Terrace - this pure, layered, Pinot Noir is already wide open and ready to enjoy.  Generous aromas and flavors of dark cherry, black raspberry, Asian spice, and damp fresh earth.  Wonderful purity and transparency here, but plenty of intensity and a nice wisp of tannin and bright acids make this a great choice for drinking now, pairing with salmon and earthy foods, or even aging for 3-5 years.  A beauty.

"Pungent, spice-accented aromas of cherry and black raspberry, complicated by a smoky nuance and a building floral element. Pliant dark berry and cherry compote flavors show a refreshingly bitter quality and an exotic touch of candied lavender. Closes with excellent energy and focus, leaving notes of allspice and cherry-cola behind."International Wine Cellar 91 points

"The satiny texture lets the harmonious flavors of red berry, pomegranate and spice unfurl evocatively. The finish lingers enticingly. Shows freshness and impeccable balance. Drink now through 2020."Wine Spectator 93 points

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