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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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Seven Of Hearts Pinot Gris Oregon 2012 Product #28319 (In Stock)
Seven Of Hearts Pinot Gris Oregon 2012 Seven Of Hearts Pinot Gris Oregon 2012

A serious Pinot Gris - despite the not-so-serious label!  This blend of two Oregon vineyard sites opens with aromas of pear, golden apples, and nutmeg.  More than half was aged in neutral barrels, giving this a touch of richness.  On the palate, those pear flavors persist, and the wine has a satisfying richness that would make it absolutely fantastic with crab. 

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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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Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2012 Product #27879 (In Stock)
Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2012 Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2012

Kali Hart is a stand-alone “winery within a winery” program, named after Robb and Cynthia Talbott’s youngest daughter, Kalin Hart Talbott – vibrant, youthful wines that remind the Talbotts of Kali.  All are made from 100% estate grown fruit from Talbot’s famous Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. The 2012 release is a big, bold, take on Pinot Noir.  It's very lush and delivers plenty of black cherry/mulberry fruit and sweet cola flavors accented by notes of spicy ground cinnamon.  Soft and generous, this will do well with richer foods (even beef!) and is seductive and delicious all by itself, too.

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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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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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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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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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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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Ayoub Pinot Noir Estate 2011 Product #26945 (In Stock)
Ayoub Pinot Noir Estate 2011 Ayoub Pinot Noir Estate 2011

From Mo Ayoub’s tiny (4 acre) estate vineyard, just east of Archery Summit's Red Hills Estate, in the Dundee Hills.  Mo planted these steeply sloped, southeast facing, red volcanic soils in 2001 and has tended them by hand, without chemicals, ever since.  Red fruit from red soils are typical of the Dundee Hills, but this level of refinement and purity remain rare. 

"The first part of the 2011 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard was picked in October, and the second part at the beginning of November,” relates Ayoub. Vintage-typical citrus oils and amalgamation of freshly crunchy and distilled red berries reach an extraordinary degree of pungency and penetration here both aromatically and as projected onto the palate. There isn’t a lot of color but there is a striking sense of primary juiciness and levity – in those respects, too, very vintage typical. Yet at the same time there is a subtle suggestion of creaminess reinforced by hints of vanilla and toasted pecan from the barrel – whose influence, however, in no way precludes an energetic onrush of sap. Red currant and sour cherry are steeped with their pits and seeds; mingled with lemon and tangerine rind; and dusted with cardamom and black pepper, then pick up black tea smokiness and saliva-liberating salinity en route to a mouthwatering, mouth-shaking and eye-opening finish. AThis is typical estate wine,” suggests its author. “It was delicious in barrel, but after it goes into bottle it says ‘come back and see me in a few years’.” He suggests waiting 7. If this wine really is in any sort of evolutionary trough whatsoever, then a truly awesome show must await those who hold some bottles. I suggest savoring periodically through at least 2022. (There are 360 cases.)"Wine Advocate 94 points

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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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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2008 Product #27679 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2008 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2008

A winery to watch from just above Freedom Hill.  2008 is the third vintage of Dena Drews and Ernie Pink's labor of love we've sold and it's hardly surprising that the 2008s are the best yet.  A late release from the winery, the 2008 Amalie's Cuvee is pretty, full of fruit, and - best of all for a 2008 - is actually showing delineation and complexity already.  Yummy stuff.

"The 2008 Pinot Noir Amalie’s Cuvee offers greater depth and concentration. A captivating nose of wood smoke, allspice, brown sugar, violets, and assorted black fruits leads to a plush, moderately structured wine that will benefit from another 1-2 years of cellaring. This pleasurable effort will be at its best from 2012 to 2020."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Ayoub Pinot Noir Estate 2012 Product #28462 (In Stock)
Ayoub Pinot Noir Estate 2012 Ayoub Pinot Noir Estate 2012

About 100 cases made of this all Dijon 777 clone wine from a dry-farmed Dundee Hills site.  Mo’s note:  "The aromas are very forward, with loganberries and smoky white pepper notes giving way to milk chocolate-covered cherries. The flavors gush with red cherries and raspberries. There's no stopping the deliciousness of fruit here - the plushness doesn't so much linger as take over. A sweet/savory/spicy red carpet unravels on the finish."

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Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vyd 2012 Product #28136 (In Stock)
Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vyd 2012 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vyd 2012

You could make the case that this is Oregon's very best Pinot Noir of the past half-decade.  From Wine Advocate, 94 points in hot years (2009), cool ones (2010), and perfect harvests (2008), too.  And, faced with the incredibly difficult and unusual 2011 harvest, all Jim Maresh did with his family site is make a Wine Advocate 95 point Pinot, the wine of the vintage.

Now from a vintage many think will surpass 2008 as the Willamette Valley's best ever, Jim's 2012 Maresh Vineyard Pinot arrives in tiny quantities.  As in 2011, he allowed his fruit to ripen until it tasted good, pulling the grapes in at an elegant, pure, 13.2% alcohol level.  After destemming and crushing, he added some stems back into the must for structure and depth and then allowed nature to take it's course.  After fermentation was completed, the free run wine went into mostly used French oak and rested there until Jim felt the wine was ready to bottle - and now, here it is.

"Suave, spice-accented redcurrant and cherry aromas are complicated by floral and musky earth accents. Silky and refreshingly brisk, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors that gain flesh and spiciness with air. Distinctly elegant in style, with a sweet, seamless, persistent finish framed by fine-grained tannins."International Wine Cellar 92 points

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Arterberry Pinot Noir Juliard Vyd Dundee Hills 2012 Product #28625 (In Stock)

As always, brilliant and beautiful if very limited.

"Intense redcurrant and raspberry aromas show impressive precision and gain weight with air, picking up notes of Asian spices, blood orange and smoky minerals. Brisk, sharply focused red berry flavors stain the palate, showing excellent purity and lift. Floral pastille, cinnamon and star anise flavors dominate the long, nervy finish, which is framed by harmonious silky tannins."International Wine Cellar 92 points

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