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Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2015 Product #31576 (In Stock)
Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2015 Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2015

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, all cleaned up by fresh citrus flavors.  Perfect as a standalone sipper or with Indian or Vietnamese food!

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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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Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris Dundee Hills 2014 Product #31782 (In Stock)

Hands down, Oregon's finest Pinot Gris, from the Willamette Valley's very first winery.

"Aromas of green apple, orange zest and nectarine gain complexity and lift from chalky mineral and floral nuances. Zesty and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and citrus fruit flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Hints of honeysuckle and ginger emerge on the very long, nervy finish, which shows excellent clarity and nervy bite."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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Harper Voit Pinot Blanc Sur Lie 2015 Product #31725 (In Stock)

Taking Pinot Blanc to a whole new level with 7 months aging on the lees in a fine, ripe, vintage. Dry and salty on the finish.

"This barrel-fermented wine drinks like a beautifully proportioned Chardonnay. It takes bright, intense fruit flavors of melon, yellow apples and green bananas, and puts a Burgundian spin on the mouthfeel with judicious acids and a touch of caramel. It's delicious, complex and should age nicely for another five to six years."Wine Enthusiast 93 points

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Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Estate 2013 Product #31773 (In Stock)
Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Estate 2013 Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Estate 2013

Eyrie – the site of the Willamette Valley’s very first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay plantings – has been on fire with Chardonnay for years.  Here’s a little of the 2013 to whet your appetite for what’s to come.  As the reviews suggest, it’s all the better for having had a few years in bottle.

"The 2013 Estate Chardonnay comes from vines planted in 1965, the cuttings from Spring Mountain Vineyard that originally came from Wente. It has a very defined bouquet with citrus lemon, white peach and honeysuckle scents that are very focused. The palate is well balanced, resinous on the entry, again more a texturally focused white Oregon wine than one determined to cudgel you over the head with flavors. It becomes waxy toward the finish with a judicious dab of shaved ginger. This is understated and very succinct, but it deserves two or three years in bottle. Drink 2017-2028" Wine Advocate 90 points

"Spicy pear and apple fruit is at the core, with suggestions of green pineapple, mint and lemon verbena. The subtle herbs and citrus components are layered throughout, and the structure favors long term cellaring." Wine Enthusiast 92 points

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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Product #31696 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

A spectacular, rich and deep, lip-smacking, bottle of delicious Pinot Noir.  Sure, you can cellar this if you want to.  But we're a bit skeptical you can wait.  Better than the rating.

"Vivid red. Mineral- and spice-laced aromas of fresh red berries and rose, joined by a hint of blood orange that builds in the glass. Clean and nervy on entry, then deeper and broader in the midpalate, offering energetic black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors complemented by a sweet touch of floral pastilles. Supple tannins build slowly on the sappy, penetrating finish, which hangs on with strong, spicy persistence."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve 2015 Product #31758 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve 2015

This has been one of the best values in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir for years, but in 2015 it really soars.  This year 75% of the barrels came from sedimentary soils in Ribbon Ridge and Chehalem Mountain AVAs, 15% from Freedom Hill and 15% from volcanic soils in the Dundee Hills.  It’s genuinely lush and a bit showy now with opulent aromas and flavors of crushed black raspberry, dark cherries, exotic flowers, smoke and damp earth.  Mouthfilling and showing a glyceryl richness, but with vivid acids, fine tannins, and no excess of weight.  As Jim and Patty say, “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!!

"Deep red. Expansive red berry and floral pastille scents and flavors show impressive energy and pick up a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Smooth and fleshy but lively as well; a late jolt of white pepper adds spicy bite. Generous but vibrant in character, finishing very long and sweet, with gentle tannins lending shape and subtle grip. This wine delivers exceptional bang for the buck."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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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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Ebony Wines Chardonnay The Hive 2014 Product #31724 (In Stock)

Grown in a vineyard abutting an apple orchard and swarming with honey bees, this is a rarity in the Valley – all heirloom clone 108 from Left Bank Vineyard rather than the newer, trendier, Dijon clones.  The aromas are generous and complex, with grilled pineapple and tangy butter taking center stage and accents of toasted hazelnut and spice.  In the mouth, the savory hazelnut character marries to apple, pineapple, and honeysuckle flavors and a dash of chalky mineral.  The texture is sort of a cross between Chassagne-Montrachet (mineral, delineated) and Meursault (buttery, creamy, chalky) and the acidity is more than enough for fantastic balance.  Flavors of dried pineapple, butter, herb honey, and mint linger on and on.  A superb wine for table to enjoy with scallops or crab or cheeses – or to just sip and marvel at.

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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.

"Vivid red. Mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of fresh red berries and candied rose develop a hint of incense as the wine opens up. Shows impressive clarity and lift in the mouth, offering sappy raspberry, spice cake and floral pastille flavors joined by a jolt of smoky minerals. Finishes very long and gently sweet, featuring subtle tannins and strong, floral-driven persistence." Vinous (Raynolds) 92 points

"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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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 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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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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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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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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Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Select 2014 Product #31738 (In Stock)

From younger vines, this was all destemmed in 2014, making it even more delicious on release than usual.  Pretty wine.

"An intensely perfumed nose displays scents of fresh dark berries, potpourri and Asian spices, backed by a hint of musky herbs. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a suggestion of spicecake. Shows excellent clarity and power on the gently tannic finish, which leaves behind gently sweet dark fruit and floral pastille notes."  Vinous (Raynolds) 92 points

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Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Product #30952 (In Stock)
Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

Robert Parker's brother-in-law, Mike Etzel, makes some of Oregon's most outstanding Pinot Noir and simply crushed it in the very fine 2014 harvest.  A blend of fruit from across the valley, the 2014 offers lush aromas of sweet dark cherry, sandalwood and spice.  Plush on the palate with sweet and savory flavors of dark fruit, sweet spice, and crushed flowers, it finishes long and smooth.  As Mike says, "This may be the best Willamette Valley cuvée that we have made to date."

"Plush on the palate with sweet and savory flavors of dark fruit, sweet spice, and crushed flowers, it finishes long and smooth."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Dijon 115 2015 Product #31723 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Dijon 115 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Dijon 115 2015

Patty and Jim make 4 wines from their 5 blocks of Freedom Hill fruit – the full vineyard blend and then small bottlings showcasing each of the three main clones planted there:  Pommard, Coury and Dijon 115.  This comes from vines planted in 2004 and shows about 60% whole cluster fermentation and about 20% new oak.

Dijon 115 is all about aromatics, and you’ll find plenty to sniff and savor here!  Lots of dark black fruit (cherry, raspberry) plus crushed flowers, mocha, licorice and sweet spice.  On the palate, there’s plenty of dark fruit and a captivating strawberry leaf herbal note with more spice, earth and floral notes for complexity.  Plenty of texture on the mid-palate and then a firm, powerful, finish with firm tannins under a finishing gush of fruit and spice.  As Patty and Jim say, “This wine will reward with a long life of aging, but will also be appreciated by fans of intense and muscular Pinots in its youth.”

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Dijon 115 2014 Product #31722 (In Stock)

 

"Limpid ruby-red. Raspberry liqueur, potpourri and Asian spice aromas, accompanied by suggestions of cola and incense. Stains the palate with vibrant red fruit and floral pastille flavors; peppery spice and mineral notes provide lift. Silky, even tannins build slowly and evenly on a strikingly long, mineral-laced finish that leaves notes of raspberry and allspice behind. There's impressive energy here for a wine from a ripe vintage."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

"The 2014 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard Dijon 115 is the same composition as the 2013, but with one-third new oak. It has an appealing bouquet with dark berry fruit, bell pepper and touches of brine, something very marine-like coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with that bell pepper note coming through on the entry from the stem addition, lending a Loire-like character to this Pinot Noir. I appreciate the tension here, a rather uncompromising, yet compelling Pinot Noir with wonderful salinity towards the finish. Intellectual as well as sensorial, afford this 2-3 years in your cellar."Wine Advocate 93 points

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