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Brandborg Gewurztraminer 2014 Product #32538 (In Stock)
Brandborg Gewurztraminer 2014 Brandborg Gewurztraminer 2014

SAVE 31%!  This fantastic dry Gewurztraminer is from the makers of our favorite value Pinot Noir, Oregon's Brandborg.  Its aromatics are classic Gewurz: rose petals, lychee, and hints of spice.  It's rich and mouthfilling, but finishes clean.  All of the exotic aromas and flavors are reigned in by a surprising amount of welcome acidity, making this a perfect partner for gently spiced Indian food.

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Rascal Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 Product #32239 (In Stock)
Rascal Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 Rascal Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

A rarity here:  an easygoing, nicely fruited, actually tastes like Pinot Noir value!  All Willamette Valley fruit in 2015, this shows the ripeness of the vintage in its ripe spiced strawberry, raspberry fruit and nice weight.  Juicy fresh in the middle and through the soft, smooth, finish where spice and baked berry flavors linger. At just 13% abv, not at all heavy but plenty of flavor!

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Elk Cove Pinot Noir Willamette 2014 375ml Product #31676 (In Stock)
Elk Cove Pinot Noir  Willamette 2014 375ml Elk Cove Pinot Noir  Willamette 2014 375ml

Another classic release for this pioneer of Oregon's Chehalem mountains. A bit richer and broader than in some releases - 2013 was warm before the late rains - with a pretty note of smoky oak.

"Fresh and expressive, light-footed and generous, with cherry, plum and apricot flavors, coming together smoothly on the open-textured finish."Wine Spectator 90 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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Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015 Product #32437 (In Stock)
Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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.  The 2014 was the first release of the Dundee Hills bottling in a few years.  It was a fine, 90-point, gem that Wine Advocate called “probably the bargain of the vintage."  The 2015 is better.

Oregon’s 2015 vintage looked and felt a lot like 2014 – warm weather, big harvest, bold fruit.  The difference is that the 2015s have better structure and style, both of which are on display here.  You’ll find ripe, dark red, fruit on the nose here with accents of blood orange and subtle smoke.  Wonderfully generous and vivid in the mouth, the dark cherry and plum fruit expands and coats your palate before savory notes of licorice and mushroom come in on the back.  The flavors linger nicely over fine, silky smooth, tannins that promise delight with food and 7-10 years improvement in cellar.  Terrific, delicious, stuff.

"Highly perfumed red berry preserve, Asian spice and rose oil aromas are lent vivacity by a smoky mineral nuance. Silky, expansive raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors show very good energy and pick up a smoky flourish with aeration. Finishes juicy, gently sweet and quite long, featuring lingering red fruit flavors and discreet tannins."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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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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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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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 Volcanic Cuvee 2015 Product #32034 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Volcanic Cuvee 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Volcanic Cuvee 2015

While Patty Green's best known Estate and Freedom Hill sites are on marine sediment soils, she and co-winemaker Jim Anderson also make some blockbusters from volcanic soils in the Dundee Hills.  This showcases and highlights the dark, smoky, character of these volcanic sites using fruit from Balcombe, Durant, and Weber vineyards.  All Pommard from vines at least 38 years old, this gets a touch of whole cluster fermentation but no new oak to allows the signature of site to shine through.

So, that deep, dark, smoky note you get on the nose and palate?  That's the soil talking (not oak). For all the ripeness of the old vines and 2015 vintage, this remains vibrant and fresh. "Expressive red and dark berry aromas are complicated by suggestions of smoky minerals, incense and candied flowers. Juicy, concentrated and supple in texture, offering sweet black raspberry, cherry cola and lavender flavors and a zesty jolt of peppery spices. The long, seamless finish features resonating florality and supple tannins that fold steadily into the clinging, sappy fruit." Vinous (Raynolds) 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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Cameron Pinot Noir Reserve Dundee Hills 2015 Product #32783 (In Stock)
Cameron Pinot Noir Reserve Dundee Hills 2015 Cameron Pinot Noir Reserve Dundee Hills 2015

John-Paul Cameron is the Wild Man of the Willamette, working in a decidedly old-world style that can get a little funky.  But here he's turned out a clean, gloriously fruit-filled, Pinot that anyone can love. It's a mish-mash of clones from Cameron's Abbey Ridge and Clos Electrique vineyards. Full and fleshy with bold red fruit and stylish freshness finishing with firm tannin and fruit.

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St Innocent Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2013 Product #31878 (In Stock)
St Innocent Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2013 St Innocent Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2013

The challenging 2013 vintage and a bit of time both favor St Innocent wines, which always show in an old-world style and gain complexity and depth with age.

"Assertively perfumed scents of black raspberry and cherry compote, with hints of vanilla, cola and rose emerging with air. Juicy and lively on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors along with suggestions of cola and spicecake. The smooth, sweet finish shows mounting tannins and an echoing floral pastille quality."  Vinous (Galloni) 91 points

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Antiquum Farm Pinot Noir Juel Willamette Valley 2015 Product #33013 (In Stock)

Oregon Pinot Noir taken to the oldest of old-school places.  Stephen Hagen farms with a horse drawn plow, animals grazing between the vines, and wheat grown just beyond. Winemaking is gentle with a bit of whole cluster and ripeness that can handle 40% new French oak. Intense, a bit wound, but ultimately honest, deep and long.

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Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015 Product #31909 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015

Ken got to know Freedom Hill vineyard while working with Mark Vlossak at St. Innocent.  So, when he and Erica got access to a small set of rows in 2012, they knew what to do!  In 2015, they harvested ripe - but not overripe! - fruit from blocks of Pommard and Wadenswil clones that gave a perfectly balanced 13.9% alcohol. Fourteen months in 40% new French oak allowed the wine to gain volume, smoothness, and extra complexity.

Based on Wine Advocate’s commentary, this 2015 has much in common with the 93 point 2012.  There’s plenty of Freedom Hill’s dark, smoky, complexity on the nose with a burst of Wadenswil’s plump Bing and black cherry fruit at the core.  The palate is youthfully tight  - as you’d expect, not yet as open as La Combe Verte – but already exciting with savory cherry, cherry pit, and blackberry fruit flowing into a firm, cellar-worthy, finish.  It's certainly powerful, but elegant and finessed, too.  My note from tasting this at the cellar with Erica is spot on:  "That's a winner.  Fantastic.  Really delicious."  Let it rest until next year and drink through 2030.  335 cases made.

"(raised in French oak barrels, 40% of them new) Limpid ruby-red. Explosive aromas of cherry and dark berry liqueur, smoky Indian spices, musky earth and incense take on a sexy floral nuance as the wine stretches out. Fleshy and broad on the palate but surprisingly lithe as well, offering intense blackberry, boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors and hints of candied flowers and cola. Finishes seamless, sweet and extremely long, featuring an echo of juicy blue fruit and chewy tannins that add shape and youthful grip." Vinous (Raynolds) 94

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Durant Bishop Block 2015 Product #32037 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Durant Bishop Block 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Durant Bishop Block 2015

In some ways, this is the partner to the Estate Old Vines Pinot.  Where that showcases old-vine Pommard on Ribbon Ridge's talc-like marine sediments, Durant is all about very old-vine Pommard (42 years) growing on Dundee Hills' red volcanic soils.  As Patty and Jim write, "These now monster vines were planted back in 1973 making them some of the oldest vines in Oregon. This wine knows exactly what it wants to be. This is finesse, subtleness, elegance and discreet balance all backed up by a sneaky and looming firmness that comes on in the back of the wine. Only older vines make wines like this. This is not a wine that needs to make a dramatic entrance because all the work is done on the back end."

With just a touch of whole cluster and little new oak, this is a wildly in tense and complex follow-up to 2014's 93 point (Vinous) edition.  Dark and chewy, it layers black fruit, lavender, melted licorice, rose oil, meat juice and iron aromas and flavors on the nose and palate.  The energy builds through a finish that's long, deep, and mouthwatering, leaving tangy cherry, floral and smoke flavors lingering. 

"(20% whole clusters and 8% new French oak) Limpid ruby-red. Highly aromatic red fruit, potpourri and Asian spice scents, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, lithe and precise on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with aeration. Delivers a suave blend of power and elegance and finishes with resonating spiciness, harmonious tannins and outstanding clarity and floral-driven persistence." Vinous (Raynolds) 94 points

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