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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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Elk Cove Pinot Noir Willamette 2013 375ml Product #31045 (In Stock)
Elk Cove Pinot Noir  Willamette 2013 375ml Elk Cove Pinot Noir  Willamette 2013 375ml

Nice richness here to go with Oregon's classic elegance.  Pretty and delicious for salmon or even beef.

"All five vineyards contribute to this widely available blend. It's on the chunky side, with blocky black cherry and a frame of milk chocolate from aging 10 months in French oak. There's a dash of spice as it races through the finish."Wine Enthusiast 89 points

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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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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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Biggio Hamina Pinot Noir Chehalem Mt 2013 Product #30925 (In Stock)
Biggio Hamina Pinot Noir Chehalem Mt 2013 Biggio Hamina Pinot Noir Chehalem Mt 2013

How does a $40 Willamette Pinot that earned a fine 91 point rating in 2012 end up available too you from half-off?  It’s a long story, but the conclusion is simple:  this is the Oregon Pinot Noir buying opportunity of the year and one of the best Pinot deals we’ve brought you ever!  From a tiny, 2 acre, vineyard at 800 feet elevation in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountain region, this blends a range of Pinot clones all grown on volcanic Jory soils.

It's a great example of the elegant, pure, and very refreshing wines that represent the best of Oregon’s 2013 harvest.  You'll find a lovely perfume of crushed raspberry, fresh strawberry, and red pie cherry fruit with hints of lavender and spice.  Pure, vibrant, and silky on the palate, the ripe and tangy cherry/berry fruit takes center stage with subtle accents of spice and smoked stone.  The smoky notes are a hallmark of Willamette Valley's volcanic Jory soils and gain depth and intensity with time in the glass.  The perfumed fruit and smoke finish sales on over juicy acids and fine tannins.  Light (12.8% abv) and fresh enough to just enjoy on its own but with enough structure to sing with salmon and fish, mushrooms or white meats from the grill.

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Left Coast Cellars Chardonnay Truffle Hill 2015 Product #31172 (In Stock)
Left Coast Cellars Chardonnay Truffle Hill 2015 Left Coast Cellars Chardonnay Truffle Hill 2015

I love (and agree with) the winery's note:  "No butter, no vanilla, but maybe just a bit of cream...what Chardonnay tastes like when it lets its hair down."  More or less half tank, half barrel, it's loaded with ripe Golden Delicious and ripe pear fruit with a dash of spice and hint of flint.  Creamy and rich but refreshing and clean; a fine Chardonnay value.

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St Innocent Pinot Noir Willamette Villages Cuvee 2014 Product #31271 (In Stock)
St Innocent Pinot Noir Willamette Villages Cuvee 2014 St Innocent Pinot Noir Willamette Villages Cuvee 2014

Always one of the greatest values in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the 2014 is the best in years, perhaps better than the Wine Spectator 92 point 2008.  In 2014 the vineyard sources read like a who’s who of great sites:  Zenith, Vitae Spring, Temperance Hill, Freedom Hill, Momtazi Vineyard and even the legendary “Grand Cru” Shea Vineyard.  A warm fermentation and gentle pump-overs extract richness and give the wine a velvet feel.  A year in mostly used oak rounds off the edges and adds just a touch of subtle spice.

The result is a sophisticated, velvety, and layered wine that puts many more expensive bottlings to shame!  You’ll find loads of fresh cherry, dark berry, ground spice, and subtle anise aromas and generous flavors of wild berries and cherries, spice and fresh flowers.  The wine envelops your palate with deeply earthy richness, but stays light and pure and fresh through a finished laced with just-picked fruit, spice, and fine tannins.  Beautiful right now through 2021 with everything from white meats to meaty fish (salmon, tuna) and rich lentil or bean dishes.  Delicious value!

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Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2014 Product #31088 (In Stock)
Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2014 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2014

6 cases available.  Jim Maresh’s focus is on single vineyard Pinot Noir, so in most years, he sells off any barrels or lots that don’t make it into the final single vineyard cuvee.  In excellent years, though, that wine is just too good to part with, so he supplements it with fruit from neighbors and bottles this wine:  the Dundee Hills cuvee.  You’ll get a great introduction to the Arterberry Maresh style here, with fine concentration and excellent purity – in a wine that is, as Wine Advocate says, “probably the bargain of the vintage."

"The 2014 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills is a blend of Maresh, Juliard, Weber, Gehrts and Folie Hill vineyards. It has a fresh and vibrant bouquet with red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, touches of blood orange with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin - a mixture here of red and black fruit, meaty in style with a Pommard-like finish that lingers in the mouth. For $25, it's probably the bargain of the vintage."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Lia's Vineyard 2014 Product #30671 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Lia's Vineyard 2014 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Lia's Vineyard 2014

Lia's straddles the volcanic and sedimentary divide in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, with volcanic soils at the top of the vineyard transitioning to marine sediments below.  Complex soils benefit from complexity in the vineyard, so Lia's is planted to Pommard in volcanic soils, Dijon 115 in sedimentary dirt, and a sliver of rarely seen Mariafeld Clone growing in the transition zone in the middle of the vineyard.  This is the first vintage Patty and Jim have had access to the Mariafeld Clone, and it took an outstanding wine  (92 points from Vinous in 2013) to a new level.

In 2013, this was one of the more tightly wound of Patty's wines, showing a peak of pleasure on release but tons of promise down the road.  In 2014, it's MUCH more generous and compelling right now but still has plenty of cellar life ahead.  As Patty's winery notes say, "The Mariafeld, Dijon 115 and Pommard lends a spicy note to the aromatics, a noticeable lift of red fruit and brightness in the mid-palate and a sturdier base of tannins. If there is a single vineyard Pinot Noir that we make that has more immediate appeal while still having down-the-road sort of chops this has to be it. This has forward, sweet dark fruit, quite a lot of texture and just enough finishing tannin to pull it all in at the end."

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir The Uncarved Block 2010 Product #30989 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir  The Uncarved Block 2010 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir  The Uncarved Block 2010

Ernie Pink and Dena Drews craft this lovely Pinot to tell the story of their vineyard in the vintage, blending different clones and parcels from across their 35 acre site perched above Freedom Hill.  In 2010 it's beautiful with the elegance and purity of this remarkable vintage and the open sophistication that only a little time in bottle reveals.  Lovely now and through 2020.

"Bright red. Smoky, mineral-accented black raspberry and rose oil aromas are complemented by hints of cinnamon and allspice. Gently sweet red fruit flavors are given depth by a cherry pit nuance and sharpened by juicy acidity. Silky in texture and appealingly sweet, finishing with very good clarity, subtle tannins and noteworthy spicy persistence."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2014 Product #30994 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2014 Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2014

Pinot Meunier's home is Champagne, where it's the region's most planted grape and makes up the heart of many a fine toasty, rich, sparkling wine.  As an abandoned sparkling wine experiment, Amalie Robert's version is arguably the most consistently excellent example in the world with a string of 90 and 91 point ratings from Wine Advocate, Josh Raynolds at Vinous, and more.

As you'd expect in a Champagne grape, there's a bit of tartness here and I always find it a bit tight and tingly on release.  In warm vintages - like 2014 - it opens quickly, and if you tried it when Dena and Ernie were here in July you'll be shocked at how much flesh it's gained in 45 days.  I like Ernie's tasting note so much, I'll quote it here:  "Delish red. Sweet aromas of ripe Montmorency cherries, red currants and bittersweet chocolate entice the palate into a rosy red fruit mélange intertwined with savory bits and restraining acidity that linger effortlessly. This wine is as elegant as the day is long."

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Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Weber Vyd 2014 Product #31087 (In Stock)
Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Weber Vyd 2014 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Weber Vyd 2014

6 cases available.  Art Weber planted this Dundee Hills site in 1976 just down the road from Maresh Vyd, and Jim Maresh has made wine from own-rooted Pommard planted in 1976 and 1983 since 2010.  It's a nice step up from the Dundee Hills bottling, with more richeness, deeper fruit, and lots and lots of perfume.  More open and forward than the Maresh Vyd, this is a delicious choice to drink now - 2029 or so.

"The 2014 Pinot Noir Weber Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1983. It has a very refined bouquet with red cherry, wild strawberry, sous-bois and subtle floral notes - very complex and classy. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, nicely structured with a gentle grip. The fruit veers towards the darker side of the spectrum towards the finish, with blackberry and cranberry fruit, long and edgy. Classy, composed and cool, this is how to make world-class Pinot Noir."Wine Advocate 93 points

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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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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Marine Sedimentary Cuvee 2014 Product #30667 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Marine Sedimentary Cuvee 2014 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Marine Sedimentary Cuvee 2014

From what could be called the "terrior series," this is one of two wines Patty Green makes to showcase the differences in the Willamette Valley's two main soil types:  iron-rich Volcanic vs limestone-dense Marine Sedimentary soils.  Here she showcases the dry, talc-like, soils uplifted from ancient sea-beds and resting on a mother rock of sandstone. Drainage is pretty much instantaneous here, so the vines have to drive their roots down into the sandstone to fine enough moisture to ripen.

Patty blends this limited release bottling from selected a blend of Pommard, Dijon 115 and Wadensvil clines grown on the Estate, Olenik, and Lia's Vineyards.  You'll find the dark, rich, fruit profile so characteristic of marine sedimentary soils, with accents of cola and earth.  A cool minerality adds lift and freshness to this powerful Pinot Noir for drinking now and over the next 5 years.  The 2013 - the first release of this wine - earned 91 points from Vinous and this is even better.

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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2013 Product #30727 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2013 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2013

The classic dark, smoky, aromas and rich, concentrated, texture of Dundee Hills Pinot Noir shines through from first sniff through the long, complex, finish.  Red raspberry and cherry fruit is framed by smoky stone, spice and cola complexity in a wine that finishes sweet, smooth and rich.  Tempting right now with duck or pork or beef and sure to gain more weight with time in cellar or decanter.

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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vyd 2013 Product #30728 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vyd 2013 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vyd 2013

From biodynamically farmed vines on the marine sedimentary soils of Yamhill-Carleton.  Tangy black raspberry, black cherry and raspberry fruit shines on the nose and gains sweetness on the pure, focused, palate.  Accents of spice and summer flowers weave in and out from front through the long, juicy, almost salty finish.  Delicious now with salmon or poultry; will improve for years.

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Dijon Clone 2010 Product #30990 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Dijon Clone 2010 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Dijon Clone 2010

Lots of ways to make great Pinot Noir from a fine vineyard, including blending multiple clones or showcasing just one slice of the Pinot family.  Here Ernie and Dena showcase the Dijon Clones, featuring 7 different selections from 12 blocks across their vineyard.  The Asian spice and sweet fruit Dijon clones are known for get extra complexity from whole cluster fermentation and a good long rest in barrel.  Pretty and pure.

"Bright red. Heady, exotic aromas of fresh red berries, Asian spices and potpourri, with subtle smoke and mineral nuances adding complexity. Silky, expansive and appealingly sweet, offering intense raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a strong spicecake quality that builds on the back half. Pure, focused and strikingly persistent on the finish, which is firmed by fine-grained, harmonious tannins."  Vinous (Raynolds) 92 points

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Amalie Robert Syrah Satisfaction 2011 Product #30997 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Syrah Satisfaction 2011 Amalie Robert Syrah Satisfaction 2011

Yes, wonderfully elegant and very Northern Rhone-style Syrah from the southern Willamette Valley.  Remarkable stuff.

"The 2011 Syrah Satisfaction includes 50% whole-cluster fruit of four Rhône clones (plus a touch of co-planté Viognier vines). Not picked until November 14, it has an attractive bouquet with macerated red cherries, Provençal herbs, juniper berries and a touch of melted wax. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red berry fruit mixed with blueberry, Seville orange marmalade and a healthy pinch of white pepper lending the finish that Rhône "vibe." Very linear at the moment, the finish is quite tight. I would actually cellar this for one or two years as it should repay handsomely."Wine Advocate 91 points

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