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Foris Pinot Gris Rogue Valley Oregon 2012 Product #29006 (In Stock)
Foris Pinot Gris Rogue Valley Oregon 2012 Foris Pinot Gris Rogue Valley Oregon 2012

There's more to Oregon than Willamette!  This luscious, mouthwatering, Pinot Gris comes from Rouge Valley, further south and a touch warmer than the Portland area.  You'll find plenty of Pinot Gris pear, peach, and spicy apple fruit here with pretty floral accents and a snap of citrus at the end.  Snappy enough to enjoy as a solo sipper, rich enough to handle big Holiday meals.

"Bright and lively, with an appealing vitality to the green melon, ripe pear and delicately floral flavors, lingering on the focused finish."Wine Spectator 89 points

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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 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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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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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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Purple Hands Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 Product #29120 (In Stock)
Purple Hands Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 Purple Hands Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

Purple Hands is the five year-old solo venture of Cody Wright, son of Willamette Valley legend Ken Wright.  His 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot is a fine follow-up to the Wine Spectator 91 point 2012.  The style here is more elegant and floral, with pretty red and blue fruit aromas and flavors accented by notes of fresh earth and wet stones.  There's power here, but grace, too, and its perfectly balanced at just 12.5% abv. Drinking beautifully right now, and outstanding value in top-notch Oregon Pionot Noir.

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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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Stangeland Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette 2012 Product #28337 (In Stock)
Stangeland Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette 2012 Stangeland Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette 2012

Larry Miller has been growing grapes in the Eola-Amity hills since 1978 - making him a pioneer here - but we're just getting to taste his wines for the first time now. This luscious 2012 is a great introduction, showing off a nice richness, depth and focus to the dark red raspberry and ripe cranberry fruit with just a touch of fresh earth and oak spice.  The red fruit wells up to cloak the ripe tannin on the finish, making this fun to drink now and a solid candidate to improve for a while.

"Smoke-accented red berries and potpourri on the fragrant nose, along with an energetic spiciness and a hint of cola. Juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are underscored by a dusty mineral quality and a hint of cocoa powder. Fine-grained tannins come on late, adding grip to the spicy, very persistent finish. With its distinct vibrancy and nerviness, here's a 2012 that acts a lot like a 2011."International Wine Cellar 90 points

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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St Innocent Pinot Noir Justice Vyd 2012 Product #28749 (In Stock)
St Innocent Pinot Noir Justice Vyd 2012 St Innocent Pinot Noir Justice Vyd 2012

Justice Vineyard rides an east-facing ridge that runs right through the middle of the Eola-Amity Hills.  Broken volcanic basalt layered over old sedimentary sub-soils creates great drainage, the southeast exposure means plenty of warm sunshine, and the cool winds blowing in from the Van Duzer corridor create perfect conditions for ripe, balanced, Pinot Noir. A warm fermentation in a small oak vat followed by aging for 16 months in barrique (one-third new), brings out the rich spice and floral aspects of the site to complement the luscious fruit.  Delicious already, but Mark thinks it will peak in 2019 or so.  Just 291 cases made.

"Heady spice- and smoke-tinged aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and potpourri, with a hint of licorice in the background. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that tighten up and gain energy with air. Rich but lithe and precise, showing outstanding finishing clarity and drive; supple tannins add shape. This very young, very promising pinot deserves cellaring."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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