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Elk Cove Pinot Noir Willamette 2015 375ml Product #33064 (In Stock)
Elk Cove Pinot Noir  Willamette 2015 375ml Elk Cove Pinot Noir  Willamette 2015 375ml

A nicely mellow and smooth Pinot.

"Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir offers up notes of black cherries and black raspberries with touches of chocolate box, dried herbs and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied, the palate features a well-played texture of grainy tannins and just enough freshness to lift the black cherry-led flavors, finishing with a pleasant earthiness."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Stafford Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 Product #32871 (In Stock)
Stafford Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 Stafford Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

Long-time CBC Pinot fans may remember Bill Holloran's second label, Stafford Hill, although the label is much nicer than the last time we brought it to you.  Back in 2011, the 2009 Stafford Hill Pinot delighted fans of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at $16.98 by the bottle and $14.98/ea by the case.  While the price has crept up a little over the past 7 years, so has the market - and the quality/value you'll find in your glass.

This is 100% Pinot Noir, mainly from Holloran's  Le Chenaie vineyard in the Eola Hills. This is the volcanic soiled part of the Eola Hills, and you'll smell and taste the same kind of dark, almost smoky, complexity and feel the firm grip you expect from Jory soils further north in the Dundee Hills.  Dark red raspberry and cherry fruit are framed by fine minerality, elegant tannins, and a juicy squirt of raspberry juice acidity.  Delicious now and shining through 2022 at least.  Try it - it's even better than you remember!

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Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2016 Product #32874 (In Stock)
Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2016 Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2016

A satisfying Chehalem Mountain Pinot Gris from one of Oregon's founding 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, with apple and pear fruit gaining some spicy complexity in the middle and all cleaned up by fresh citrus flavors.  Perfect as a standalone sipper or with Indian or Vietnamese food!

"This is done in a crisp, fresh and leesy style, with lime-drenched minerality. Flavors of white peach and guava gain volume and density as the wine warms on the palate. It was kept from malolactic fermentation, enlivening a lingering, resonant finish."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Illahe Vineyards Rose Of Tempranillo Willamette 2017 Product #33211 (In Stock)

The jury is still out on red Tempranillo in the Willamette Valley - but here's proof it's great for pink!  The Ford family planted Tempranillo as an experiment, but couldn't get it ripe enough for red wine. Thus, this direct press rose that opens with exotic aromas of sandalwood and red berry fruit.  Tangy, ripe, cherry and strawberry flavors get complexity from undertones of savory fresh tobacco before a crisp, mouthwatering, finish cleans things up nicely.  Complex and fun!

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Amalie Robert Chardonnay Her Silhouette 2016 Product #32608 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Chardonnay Her Silhouette 2016 Amalie Robert Chardonnay Her Silhouette 2016

From a great Oregon Chardonnay vintage, this is a delicious, mouthwatering, blend of  Dijon clone 76 and 95 Chard made in tank with no malolactic fermentation.  Crisp green and red apple fruit gets depth from a bit of ripe stone fruit and zip from notes of Meyer lemon and Key lime.  Finishes generous and long with apple and stone fruit lingering nicely.  No oak, no malo, no kidding: delicious Chardonnay!

"High-pitched Meyer lemon and green apple aromas are complemented by suave jasmine and zesty mineral notes. Tangy and focused on the palate, offering bitter citrus zest and pear skin flavors that pick up a gingery accent with air. Shows a hint of fennel on the finish, which lingers with strong, subtly sweet tenacity."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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Patricia Green Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Product #33174 (In Stock)

A crisp, complex, Sauvignon the finishes dry and mineral.

"Pungent orange, pear and floral scents are complemented by white pepper and honey nuances that build in the glass. Juicy, dry and sharply focused, offering bitter orange pith and quince flavors that slowly flesh out and deepen on the back half. Spicy and smooth on the finish, which hangs on with very good, minerally tenacity."  Vinous (Raynolds) 90 points

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve 2016 Product #33147 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve 2016 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve 2016

Note that this is already SOLD OUT at the winery and won't last long here. This has been one of the best values in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir for years, but in 2016 it really soars. It's a blend of more forward barrels from vineyards in Ribbon Ridge, the Chehalem Mountains, the Dundee Hills and Freedom Hill. It's ready right now and will age much longer than you'd expect from a wine at this price point.  As Jim wrote about the 2015, “There are seriously great bones here and this wine will stand up to many, many much higher priced bottlings… In short, this wine is a smoking deal!!

“Spice-tinged raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by cola, floral and smoky mineral notes. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering energetic red berry flavors and suggestions of rose pastille and blood orange that build with air. Vibrant and precise in style, delivering solid finishing cut, interwoven tannins and impressive, spicy persistence.”  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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Purple Hands Pinot Noir Lone Oak Ranch Oregon 2016 Product #33102 (In Stock)
Purple Hands Pinot Noir Lone Oak Ranch Oregon 2016 Purple Hands Pinot Noir Lone Oak Ranch Oregon 2016

Young Cody Wright is rapidly building a reputation to rival dad Ken's when it comes to rich Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.  This bottling blends fruit from six vineyards across 5 AVAs, all aged in 25% new French oak. And, it showcases the charms of the very precocious 2016 vintage.  Black cherry and raspberry fruit gain complexity from dashes of cardamom, red licorice, and caramel.  A silky, spicy, texture adds to the charm in a wine that finishes long and delicious.

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Walter Scott Pinot Noir La Combe Verte 2016 Product #32997 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Pinot Noir La Combe Verte 2016 Walter Scott Pinot Noir La Combe Verte 2016

Pretty stupid good, the kind of Pinot that draws you in and then leaves you hearing yourself saying, “Wow!”  It’s mostly Eola Hills fruit with a few barrels of wine from Freedom Hill and a Dundee Hills site for depth and heft.  About 15% whole cluster fermentation adds spice and 30% new French oak gives extra smoky complexity and a soft, supple, mouthfeel.  There’s plenty of fruit here – you don’t have to work to “get” it – but also real complexity and potential to improve further still over the next 5 or so years.

“Spice-accented dark berries, cherry cola, Indian spices and woodsmoke on the nose, along with a subtle floral nuance. Shapely and supple on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry, spicecake and rose pastille flavors and a sweetening mocha note. Finishes smoky and pliant, featuring gentle, slowly-mounting tannins and a strong echo of juicy dark fruit.”  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

"“Zesty and savory, with lively, smoky cherry aromas and layered raspberry, white pepper and orange peel flavors that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 1,250 cases made.”Wine Spectator 91 points

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Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2015 Product #32607 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2015 Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2015

A "failed" experiment (well, "abandoned," anyway) with sparkling wine left Ernie Pink and Dena Drews with a few acres of Pinot Meunier that's just too good to abandon.  So they make this delicious red from it - based on the huge 92 point rating for the 2014, it's one of the finest still red Pinot Meuniers in the world!

The 2015 picks up where that stunner left off. This is a pretty wine in the glass, with a translucent red brick color you can easily see through.  Inviting aromas of red cherry, sweet strawberry, and candied rose petal pull you in to ripe, vibrant, flavors of bitter cherry, crushed raspberry, and a beguiling floral/anise note on the finish.  Nice tension between the sweet fruit and tart acids and just enough fine tannin to make this easy to enjoy with all kinds of food.

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Cristom Viognier Willamette Valley 2015 Product #32310 (In Stock)
Cristom Viognier Willamette Valley 2015 Cristom Viognier Willamette Valley 2015

From a warmer spot in Cristom's Eola-Amity vineyard, this marries Viognier's lushness with refreshing minerality and acidity.

"This wine is textbook New World Viognier—bright, focused and balanced, with sassy fruit flavors of citrus and apricot. The aromatics conjure up subtle notes of citrus rind and jasmine flowers, and the overall length and concentration are as good as it gets."Wine Enthusiast 92 points

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Belle Pente Chardonnay Belle Pente Vyd 2012 Product #31772 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Chardonnay Belle Pente Vyd 2012 Belle Pente Chardonnay Belle Pente Vyd 2012

We thought Brian O'Donnell's 2010 Chardonnay was about as fine an Oregon white as we'd ever come across.  The 2012 - from perhaps the Willamette Valley's best vintage ever - is better still.  The grapes are from a 1999 planting in a small, 2 acre, plot of Belle Pente's steeply sloped Yamhill-Carleton vineyard.  Brian harvests the fruit in two passes, one early for freshness and one later for richness and flavor intensity.  Fermentation is in barrel (about 10% new), with half made of fine French oak and half from Oregon oak which Brian thinks brings out more fruit character.

The 364 cases of 2012 Chardonnay came out very well indeed. Rich aromas of pear, yellow apple and toasted hazelnut lead to a fleshy, full-bodied, palate of ripe orchard fruit and buttered nut with just a hint of tropical pineapple.  The finish is long and nutty with buttered apple flavors lingering over a light dusting of crushed stone.  Delicious stuff now - 2022 (at least)!

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Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Estate 2014 Product #31774 (In Stock)
Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Estate 2014 Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Estate 2014

From the Willamette Valley's first winery, this is old-school delicious!

"This displays the immaculate freshness of all the Eyrie white wines, with an extra serving of phenolic bite. There's a sense of real depth to the gooseberry, grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Subtle and a bit enigmatic, this compelling effort should be tucked away and tasted again in 2020. Drink 2020–2030."Wine Enthusiast 93 points

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2016 Product #33148 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2016 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2016

What’s the greatest vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley?  For years the most common answer would have been Seven Springs or Shea.  But today the 88 acres of vines planted on Freedom Hill, just outside Dallas, Oregon, is in contention for that honor.  As winemaker Jim Anderson says, this is “almost Eola-Amity,” sharing the western side of the AVA’s marine sedimentary soils but escaping some of the cold air that flows inland through the Van Duzer Corridor every afternoon.  Which means Freedom Hill Pinot Noir has the perfect blend of sedimentary soil vivacity and energy and warm site richness and power.

Jim Anderson and Patricia Green got their first fruit from Freedom Hill in vintage 2012, and they made what is clearly a benchmark interpretation of this great site.  In 2016, the wine blends fruit from blocks of Pommard, Dijon 115 and Coury clones of Pinot Noir and layers in a big dose of whole cluster spice and structure and about 25% new French oak. Clear, pure, black raspberry fruit plus notes of licorice, violets, and cola show on the nose and palate and the finish is long, persistent, and nicely structured.  Delicious with duck or mushrooms today and improving for a decade at least.

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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 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."

"Brilliant red. Sexy, spice-laced red berry and cherry scents are complemented by suggestions of cola, potpourri and smoky minerals. Silky, seamless and lively, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that tighten up slowly and become spicier with air. Delivers a serious punch but comes off lithe, finishing with powerful, fruity thrust, strong tenacity and smooth tannins that add structure." Vinous 92

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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.

"Bright red. Spice-tinged raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by hints of cola, musky flowers and smoky minerals. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering energetic red and dark berry flavors; suggestions of rose pastille and blood orange add complexity. Vibrant and precise in character, delivering strong finishing cut, gentle tannins and very good, tangy persistence." Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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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.

"Limpid red. High-pitched red berry, Asian spice and mineral aromas are complicated by a suave floral quality. Incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors slowly gain flesh and become sweeter in the midpalate while maintaining vivacity. Impressively precise, vibrant and pure, delivering strong finishing cut and silky, harmonious tannins that make a late appearance. This wine should age gracefully on its balance." Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Old Vines 2015 Product #32035 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Old Vines 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Old Vines 2015

The late Patty Green and her partner/winemaker, Jim Anderson, are all about getting site into bottle.  They make 20+ wines featuring unique vineyards and clones from sites across the Willamette Valley.  And they make 4 different wines from their own, 30 acre, vineyard in Ribbon Ridge.  This bottling features the oldest vines on the property, five different blocks of Pommard Clone Pinot Noir planted on their own roots in five different blocks.  

"One-third whole clusters and 8% new French oak. Deep, lurid red. Sexy red berry liqueur, incense and Asian spice aromas are complemented by subtle cola and candied rose notes. Silky, smooth and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that become sweeter as the wine opens up. Seamless and densely packed yet lively as well, finishing with strong red fruit thrust and velvety tannins that arrive late."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

"Expressive and beautifully built, with raspberry and rose petal aromas and plush, structured flavors of cherry, spiced cinnamon and dark tea that build power. Shows a slight bite of tannins toward the finish. Drink now through 2023."Wine Spectator 93 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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St Innocent Pinot Noir Momtazi Vyd 2014 Product #31697 (In Stock)
St Innocent Pinot Noir Momtazi Vyd 2014 St Innocent Pinot Noir Momtazi Vyd 2014

We love how this cool site shines in warm vintages like 2014.  Vivid and bright but with typical velvety texture.

"Deep-pitched red and dark berry aromas are complicated by suggestions of succulent herbs, cola and lavender, and a subtle vanilla nuance emerges slowly with air. Juicy, focused and pure, offering gently sweet black raspberry and cherry cola flavors, a touch of licorice and a jolt of peppery spices. The impressively long, penetrating finish is framed by supple tannins that fold smoothly into the clinging dark fruit."  Vinous (Raynolds) 92 points

"Bright and tangy, with a meaty edge to the raspberry and boysenberry flavors, finishing with sharp focus. Drink now through 2024."Wine Spectator 91 points

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