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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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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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Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2012 Product #30179 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2012 Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2012

One of those captivating wines that somehow manages to be really rich and really crisp at the same time!  You'll find loads of ripe pear, spice, and orchard flower on the nose and mid-palate, with yellow/green citrus adding lift and mouthwatering refreshment.  Delicious stuff.

"The 2012 Pinot Gris is mainly estate grown and is one-third fermented in foudres. It has a pleasant, light apricot blossom and beeswax-scented bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. It is quite Alsace-like in style. The palate is well balanced with a light honeyed note on the entry. The acidity is well judged and it gradually builds to a honeycomb, white pepper and orange rind-tinged finish. This is a well-crafted Pinot Gris with plenty of personality."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Product #30256 (In Stock)
Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

You’re getting the whole high-end Willamette Valley Pinot Noir package here at a remarkably good price.  It’s 100% estate grown fruit from the Dundee Hills, hand harvested, double sorted, and aged in used French oak.  And, it’s from a great Willamette Valley vintage, one that could easily match 2008 and 2012 and possibly surpass them both.

Of course, what really matters is what you find in the glass, and you’ll find plenty to love here!  Give it 15 minutes of air to wake up, and you’ll be greeted with lovely aromas of ripe cherry, sweet black raspberry, fresh flowers, and a bit of damp earth.  The ripe red fruit flavors are sweet and fresh and complemented by notes of warm spice and a hint of smoke.  The texture is supremely silky and smooth, with good richness across the mid-palate before juicy cherry/berry acids and light, sweet, tannins provide lift and support.  Wonderfully pure and elegant but more than fruit-filled and punchy enough to sing with holiday meals.  Just 1,000 or so cases made, though, so it won’t last long.

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Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvee 2014 Product #30420 (In Stock)
Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvee 2014 Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvee 2014

Want to taste why folks are so excited about Oregon's big 2014 vintage?  You'll find rich aromas of juicy red raspberry, baked strawberry, and baking spice that really pop from the glass.  Light but nicely creamy on the palate, where the fruit turns more tangy with tart raspberry, pie cherry and cranberry flavors accented by notes of spice, earth, and white pepper.  Fun to drink right now, with good supporting tannin and acidity that won't get in the way of casual sipping.  And, a great value!

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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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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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Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette 2012 Product #30007 (In Stock)
Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette 2012 Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette 2012

John Grochau sources fruit for this multi-vineyard Pinot Noir from organic and sustainably farmed vineyards up and down Willamette Valley.  In 2012 he made under 1,000 cases with about 30% whole cluster and around one-quarter new oak.

At first very spicy on the nose with notes of cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander weaving in and out of the black cherry and raspberry fruit, getting more sauve and integrated with a little air.  The texture is simply beautiful, with a pure, silky, mouthfeel, fine length, and long, supple, dusty tannins at the end.  The Bing cherry, raspberry and very ripe strawberry fruit flavors are nicely complicated by accents of sweet spice and fresh earth that linger nicely on the juicy, spicy, finish.  Delicious right now, better next year, and delicious through 2019 or so.

"Brilliant red. Red berries, fresh rose and smoky Indian spices on the pungent nose. Chewy and sharply focused, displaying good lift and spine to its ripe cherry and raspberry flavors, with a peppery element emerging with air. Turns sweeter on the finish, which features dusty tannins and a touch of cola."  Vinous (Reynolds) 90 points

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Vista Hills Pinot Noir Marylhust 2012 Product #30264 (In Stock)
Vista Hills Pinot Noir Marylhust 2012 Vista Hills Pinot Noir Marylhust 2012

Another tiny production, distinctive, and very fine value Pinot Noir from this under-the-radar estate in the Willamette Valley's Dundhee Hills.  Marylhurst is all Dijon clone (115 and 667) from the estate's oldest vines, delivering the power and intenstity to handle 18 months in 20% new French oak.  Earth and spice are the themes here, with dark cherry, Damson plum, and cranberry fruit framed by deep, dark, earth notes and accents of cinnamon and toast. Generous right now, this is a fine bottle to enjoy with grilled salmon or roast pork.

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Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Old Vines 2013 Product #30416 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Old Vines 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Old Vines 2013

Patty makes several different wines from her 30 acre estate vineyard – each reflecting different clones, soil types, sun exposures, and vine ages found across the vineyard.  This bottling is from 5 different blocks of vines, all 23-29 years-old.  It’s mainly Pommard clone, which gives the wine a meaty, savory, character and plenty of depth and red fruit brilliance. Delicious right now, this will continue improving for 8-10 years.

"Vivid red. Powerful, spice-accented aromas of red and dark berries and pungent flowers, along with suggestions of underbrush, licorice and woodsmoke. Fresh and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet raspberry and mulberry flavors and a touch of candied rose. Shows very good tenacity and cut on the long, sappy finish, which is given shape by subtle tannins."  Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points

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Penner-Ash Viognier Oregon 2014 Product #30114 (In Stock)
Penner-Ash Viognier Oregon 2014 Penner-Ash Viognier Oregon 2014

Always one of America's best Viognier, the 2014 edition is once again outstanding.  From warmer southern-Oregon vineyards and fermented all in tank, it's rich, fragrant, and exotic on the nose with scents of ripe peach, grainy pear, green melon, and fresh cut white flowers.  Starts ripe and rich on the palate with lots of fruit before crisp acids and dusty mineral drive a clean, long, dry, finish.

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Pommard 2013 Product #30417 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Pommard 2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Pommard 2013

A stunning, all Pommard, selection from the famous Freedom Hill vineyard.  Big, spicy, powerful.

"Intensely perfumed scents of pungent red berries, cherry-cola, Asian spices and floral oils. Densely packed yet lively, offering sappy, appealingly sweet raspberry and mulberry flavors and a strong suggestion of spicecake. Finishes extremely long and shapely, with a whiplash of pungent floral and berry skin flavors and supple tannins."  Vinous (Reynolds) 93 points

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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2011 Product #30181 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2011 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2011

Yes, you can certainly taste and enjoy Murto 2011 right now, but don't.  There is so much potential here still locked up in the bright,  minerally, structure that just won't unfurl and show itself until 2019 or so.  Already the bright red fruit, spice, and floral profile of a great Dundee Hills Pinot is easy to smell and taste.  And if, like me, you place a special priority on vibrancy, the sizzling cut and lift on display right now will make this hard to resist.  For those who wait, though, there will be richer, deeper, sweeter fruit to come along with plenty of earth and spice depth.  My personal favorite in a brilliant set of wines.

"Highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, Asian spices, rose oil and musky underbrush, with a subtle touch of smokiness in the background. Silky and penetrating on the palate, showing very good clarity to its spicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. The spiciness builds on the finish, which is firmed by silky, building tannins. Quite elegant in style and balanced to age, although it's already delicious."  Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points

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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vyd 2011 Product #30184 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vyd 2011 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vyd 2011

Here's a terrific introduction to the excitement and charm of the Willamette Valley's crazy 2011 vintage: fantastic purity and intensity of flavor with absolutely no excess weight.  The dark fruit typical of sedimentary soils holds center stage with lovely accents of earth, spice and dried flowers.  The fruit has come out from underneath the acidity and the tannins are sweet and supple, making this delicious right now - 2021+

"Assertive smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry pit, sassafras and incense. Supple, tangy and sharply focused on entry, then broader in the middle, offering smoky cherry, blood orange and dark berry flavors and a hint of bitter herbs. Shows a refreshingly tangy quality on the finish, which clings with outstanding tenacity and no obvious tannins. Distinctly elegant in style, showing the best attributes of this cool vintage."  Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points

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Vista Hills Pinot Noir Tusculum 2012 Product #30263 (In Stock)

A tiny production (300 cases or so) blend of Pommard and Dijon 114 Pinot from the highest elevation blocks within Vista Hills' Dundee Hills vineyard (almost abutting Domaine Serene). In 2012, the fruit had plenty of power and complexity all by itself, so this was all destemmed and aged entirely in second and third-use barrels.  You'll find Dundhee Hills' signature red fruit, spice,and firm structure here along with a deep, earthy, core and hints of cola and stone fruit.  Rich but not heavy and very easy to drink!

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Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee Tonnelier 2013 Product #30071 (In Stock)
Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee Tonnelier 2013 Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee Tonnelier 2013

Doug Tunnel's homage to his father is always one of Willamette Valley's best (95 points WA in 2012, 92 four years running before that).  It's 100% Pommard Clone, so it's darker in fruit character and more powerful than the other wines here, but still fantastically fresh and pure.  Soaring aromas of red and black fruits, crushed flowers, sandalwood and smoke lead to a silky palate and finely tanninc finish.  Red fruit, smoke and herb linger.  Lovely stuff.

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St Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013 Product #30479 (In Stock)
St Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013 St Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013

Generally recognized as Oregon’s “Grand Cru” vineyard, Yamhill’s Shea Vineyard always delivers a bit more power and intensity than the typical site.  St. Innocent’s wine comes from a mixture of Pommard and Dijon clones growing  on Willakenzie soils at about 400 feet elevation.  The wine is more dense and black-fruited than most of Mark Vlassok’s other wines, and is matched only by Justice for firmness of structure.  In 2013, this has lovely purity for the site and finishes long and firm.  Limited.

"Bright ruby. Sexy, smoke-tinged aromas of red and dark berry preserves, candied flowers and mocha, with a hint of sandalwood in the background. Sappy, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated blackberry, cherry-cola and rose pastille flavors that tighten up on the back half. This suave, seamless wine finishes with excellent clarity and length, its silky tannins building slowly."  Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points

"A much more expressive nose features both red and dark berry scents where added breadth is present in the form of spice, earth, briar and smoky hints. The mouth feel of the medium weight flavors is unusually sleek for the Shea vineyard with fine intensity though the classic muscularity is present on the dusty, robust and impressively lingering finish. This isn't an elegant wine but it does make a statement. Patience will definitely be required."Allen Meadows 91 points

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vyd 2014 Product #30000 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vyd 2014 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vyd 2014

For 2012:  WE 97 points and Wine Of The Year/WS NR

A vineyard that I’ve underestimated in the past but that has given Ken some his most exciting wines over the past few vintages.  Ken owns and farms this marine sedimentary site with loving care.  It’s not far from Savoya and Shea, but it often packs in even more power and punch than its more famous neighbors.  And, it handles heat well – when I visited during the very hot, very dry, summer of 2015, the vines here were verdant, healthy, and showed absolutely no signs of heat or water stress.

The vineyard is planted to a mixture of Pommard and Dijon clone that push through about 30 inches of sedimentary soils before hitting mother rock of fractured sandstone and siltstone.  Both the clones and the soils incline Abbott Claim towards a distinctive spice and floral focus, and in 2014 it's showing lovely red fruit and floral notes on top with minerality underneath. Pretty, pretty, wine.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Bryce Vyd 2014 Product #30001 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Bryce Vyd 2014 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Bryce Vyd 2014

For 2012:  WE 93 points/WS 89 points

Ok, I’m taking a flyer here as it’s just Ken’s second vintage for Bryce and I’ve never actually tasted the wine.  BUT I’m coming to believe that Ribbon Ridge could just be the most exciting AVA in the Willamette Valley and Ken seemed very optimistic about the 2014 when we chatted a few weeks ago.  The sedimentary Willakenzie soils give floral and spice accents to the red fruit common in Ribbon Ridge wines, and help provide extra lift and juicy freshness in warm vintages.  It’s fairly limited, so if you’re tempted, jump quickly here.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2014 Product #30002 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2014 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2014

For 2012:  WE 94 points/WS 91 points

One of only two wines Ken makes from volcanic sites, this is always distinctive for its notes of bright cherry, blue/black berry, and juicy acids – especially welcome in a warmer year like 2014.  It’s a blend of 30+ year-old Pommard and slightly younger Dijon clone growing on very shallow, porous, soils.  Lots of fruit with complicating accents of tobacco, herb, and more.

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