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Elk Cove Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2012 Product #27119 (In Stock)
Elk Cove Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2012 Elk Cove Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2012

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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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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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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