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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*** Editors' Choice *** This new sister label from Elk Cove offers 100% Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at an everyday price. Fresh cranberry and raspberry fruit is framed by herb-tinged tannins. The immaculate craftsmanship and clean direct flavors are light years beyond budget Pinot Noir from most other regions. This is your perfect salmon wine. (PG)" (8/2016) Wine & Spirits: "This wine’s scents of cola spice and red cherry take on a pipe-tobacco spiciness with air. The wine’s plush cherry flavor lasts in a texture that’s gripping and firm." (8/2016) Wine Spectator: "Light-footed, this is re ...Read More »
91 points Vinous: "Lurid red. Vibrant, sharply focused scents of ripe red berries and candied flowers are complicated by suggestions of cinnamon and allspice. Lithe and appealingly sweet on the palate, offering intense raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out with air. The floral note comes back strong on the clinging, spice-laced finish, which is given shape by harmonious, slow-building tannins. This wine delivers outstanding value and is an auspicious inaugural offering for this project, which is owned by the proprietors of California Pinot Noir ...Read More »
A good example of what we can do when a producer doesn't mind us using their name under the Kalinda moniker is the 2015 Kalinda Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. On our recent trip to the Willamette Valley, we spread the word that we were looking for a 2015 Pinot Noir to bottle under our private label. We asked numerous wineries that we know and trust, and a lot of them sent us a lot of really great wine. We already knew 2015 was shaping up to be an outstanding vintage, but we felt that that the bottling we tasted from Chehalem was the best on the table. As ... Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and refined, with baby powder—like tannins around the raspberry, strawberry, peach skin and hibiscus notes. Comes together harmoniously on a sleek and transparent frame, finishing long. Best from 2018 through 2024. (HS)" (2/2017) 92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of strawberries, flowers and watermelon follow through to a medium to full body, fine tannins and a bright and fruity finish. A beauty" (11/2016) K&L Notes: From the winery: A laudable glimpse of the Willamette Valley's finest offerings, our Reserve Pinot Noir is truly a celebration of balance. All three of our vineyards are based ... Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops, this IPA is wonderfully fragrant. It leads with a mélange of fruit aromas: mandarin orange, ruby-red grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, pineapple and papaya. Those notes carry through to the medium-weight palate, supported by flavors of bread dough and lightly caramelized malt. A dank stickiness adds depth to the palate and length to the finish." (9/2013) K&L Notes: A juicy citrus and grapefruit flavor profile. As if fresh Citra and Mosaic hops were squeezed straight into the bottle.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Well differentiated from the winery's Pinot Blanc, this round and fleshy wine offers freshly cut pear fruit with a burst of orange juice and peel. It's bright, lively, spicy and a great all-purpose white wine when you need a break from Chardonnay. (PG)" (4/2017) Wine Spectator: "Light and supple, with easygoing pear and peach flavors. (TF, Web-2017)"
93 points Vinous: "(35 percent new oak) Limpid ruby-red. Powerful red berry and Asian spice aromas, along with suggestions of smoky minerals and incense. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a subtle touch of blood orange. Silky tannins emerge slowly and fold smoothly into the vibrant fruit on the long, nervy finish, which leaves notes of five-spice powder and red berries behind. (JR)" (8/2016) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Light and savory, with meaty, peppery overtones to the cherry and floral flavors, finishing gracefully. Has laye ...Read More »
Vinous: "Light green-tinged yellow. Fresh melon and white peach aromas are sharpened by a suggestion of lemon pith. Round and fleshy in style, showing good heft to the ripe, spice-tinged pit and orchard fruit flavors. The peachy quality carries through a plush, warm finish that features suggestions of candied ginger and dried fig. (JR)" (1/2017) Wine Enthusiast: "Fresh flavors of herb, gooseberry, lime and pear comingle. This is the first release of a new sister brand to Elk Cove. All Willamette Valley fruit, including some estate grown grapes, it's done in a clean and refreshing st ...Read More »
90 points James Suckling: "A firm and chewy red with plum and berry character. Medium to full body and plenty of juicy fruit. Shows the structure of the vintage. Muscular and lively." (11/2016)
91 points Vinous: "Bright red. Forward, spice-accented aromas of fresh red berries, cola and lavender are joined by mineral and allspice nuances that emerge with aeration. Sweet and incisive in the mouth, offering juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of smokiness. Finishes silky and very long, with repeating red fruit character; gentle tannins come in slowly to contribute grip. This wine shows quite a light touch for the vintage. (JR)" (12/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Mt Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir, which contains around 50% whole cluster fruit, has a lively, wild strawb ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Stylish and detailed, this exemplaryeffort showcases a subtle and elegant approach to the grape. Rather than fleshy fruit flavors, it offers focused notes of pear skin, citrus rind and an overriding minerality. It’s drinking quite nicely already, and seems built to continue to evolve through 2020. (PG)" (1/2016) 91 points James Suckling: "A spicy white with lemon and clove character. Medium body, bright acidity and a long and intense finish." (11/2016) Wine Spectator: "Light and toasty, with a crisp feel to the roasted pear and white pepper flavors, finishing on an almond note. (HS) ...Read More »
Elegant and Burgundian in style, organically and dry-farmed, Evesham Wood's wines are simply gorgeous examples of Oregon Pinot.
With a goal of affordability and accessibility for everyone, Union Wine Company delivers its Rosé in a can that is "approachable and ready to travel."
From the brewery: "This is our take of the renowned Bohemian-style pale lager that you might find in Bavaria or the Czech Republic. Ours is a little more golden, rounder, and a little more malt driven than many other versions. The beer possesses strong hop character that is balanced by its rich, round, malty palate. Refreshing and balanced, this beer is a favorite of our winery friends during harvest."
Inventory: San Francisco
From the brewery: "Geez—not another IPA! That’s right, this is not just another IPA. Consider it a next generation IPA. A slightly sweet, lower ABV, IPA providing welcome relief from the onslaught of bitter hop bombs out there. Its complex aromatic layers, suggest mango, melon, pine and berries, are driven by whole-leaf Mosaic and Citra hops which are then balanced by an acidulated and pilsner malt bill. Finally, its silky smooth mouthfeel will leave you asking for “mo!”"
Inventory: San Francisco
90 points Vinous: "Dark red. Ripe red fruits, pungent flowers and a hint of cola on the perfumed nose. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering pliant black raspberry and cherry flavors and a refreshing jolt of spicy white pepper. Finishes sweet and long, displaying smooth tannins and lingering floral and dark berry notes. (JR)" (11/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Noir is a blend of six vineyard sites that goes through a barrel selection, matured in wood for ten months. It offers brambly red fruit on the nose, a little darker than some others, but nicely defined and full of charm. The ...Read More »
This is the same delicious Underwood wine as the bottle, but in an easy-to-transport pop top can! No, it doesn't affect the taste - it's still packed with lemon, apple, and pear fruit with the same supple texture, acidity, and minerally finish. Perfect for summer sipping, for camping, boating, picnicking, beaching, or rocking out at the Hollywood Bowl! From the winery 's tasting notes: White peach, apple, and lemon."
According to the brewery: "The name 'Outcast' gives a nod to the origin of the Galazy hops used. The hops came from Australia, which was originally populated by English 'outcasts' or outlaws.
Inventory: San Francisco
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Enthusiast 100 of 2016, Editors' Choice* A sensational value, this is a Pinot lover's wine, beginning with the gorgeous color of a deep red/orange sunset. Cherries, chocolate, and a light touch of orange peel elevate the aromatics and inform the well-integrated midpalate. The wine lingers gracefully through an immaculate finish. (PG)" (8/2016) 90 points Vinous: "Vivid red. Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of fresh red berries and candied rose take on hints of succulent herbs and rhubarb with air. Shows very good clarity and lift to the zesty strawberry and floral pastille ...Read More »
This is the same delicious Underwood Pinot Noir as the bottle, but in an easy-to-transport pop top can! No, it doesn't affect the taste--it's still packed with strawberry and pomegranate fruit, with the same supple texture, acidity and peppery spice and minerally finish. Perfect for summer sipping, for camping, boating, picnicking, beaching or rocking out at the Hollywood Bowl! From the winery's tasting notes: Cherries, raspberries, and chocolate."
91 points Vinous: "Brilliant red. High-pitched raspberry and rose scents are complemented by hints of anise and allspice. Shows very good energy and depth to the red berry and floral pastille flavors, which are given lift by a spine of juicy acidity. Closes smooth, spicy and very long; fine-grained tannins frame the juicy, appealingly sweet red fruit. This wine delivers outstanding value and shows impressive nerve for a warm vintage. (JR)" (8/2016) K&L Notes: If you're looking for a Pinot Noir that expresses the "Red Hills of Dundee" or know nothing about Dundee, but want a fresh, fowa... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Peppery herbal notes populate the nose, leading into flavors of brambly red fruits. The wine gathers strength on the midpalate, finishing with a flourish of strawberry preserves. There’s a touch of rhubarb pie and a dusting of cocoa in the mix as well, and for an Oregon Pinot Noir made in such quantities (more than 10,000 cases) it offers exceptional depth and density." (12/2016) 91 points Vinous: "(57 percent new oak) Limpid ruby-red. Oak-spiced red berries, cherry and licorice on the fragrant nose, along with hints of vanilla and musky herbs in the background. Sweet and li ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* One of Oregon's finest values in Pinot Gris, this offers big, juicy flavors of luscious apple and pear, backed with punchy citrus. The ample acidity tastes of lemon and grapefruit, and a notable wash of minerality comes up in the finish. The blend includes small percentages of Gewürztraminer and Muscat. (PG)" (8/2016) 90 points Wine Spectator: "**100 Top Values of 2016 and a Smart Buys Designation* Vivid and expansive, with tangy pear and cantaloupe flavors that play against hints of lime, finishing with polish. Drink now through 2019. (HS)" (10/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pinot ...Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A standout among the winery’s single-vineyard selections, this big-boned effort brings flavors of chewy cherry alongside a citrus highlight and a definite underpinning of wet stone and clay. Texturally compelling, it should age gracefully through 2024." (8/2016) 91 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Mineral-accented cherry, dark berries and an energizing jolt of peppery spices on the highly perfumed nose. Chewy and impressively concentrated, offering intense bitter cherry, blackberry and spicecake flavors that show a suave blend of richness and vivacity. Fine-grained tannins sh ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rich and textural, this gloriously mixes raspberries, cherries, baking spices, cola, cocoa and coconut components, all woven together seamlessly. It’s forward and juicy, yet built for medium-term aging. Drink now through 2026." (8/2016) 91 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby-red. Ripe red berry and rose oil scents pick up notes of cola and allspice as the wine opens up. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors enlivened by a spicy element that builds with air. The floral note comes back steadily on the gently tannic finish, which linge ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromatically compelling with floral, stone fruit and mineral highlights, this offers palate cleansing freshness. The mineral-drenched flavors blend melon, peach and lemon rind, with a finishing burst of lime. It was fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel" (10/2016)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This attractive pale ale pours a bright amber color, with a frothy off-white head and gorgeous lacing that lingers. Forward hop-derived aromas leap from the glass, including scents of orange oil, grapefruit pith and pressed hop flowers, with additional notes of ripe tropical fruit and sweet, raw dough that add depth. A solid caramel-malt backbone supports the creamy, medium-weight palate and keeps the piny, bitter-hop flavors in check. Hints of caramel and toasted bread tease on the finish, followed by a long, dry astringency that leaves you begging for ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (NM)" (6/2016) 92 points Vinous: "Vivid red. Mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of fresh red berries and c ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Juicy acids brighten up the mouthfeel, with pineapple, citrus and black-cherry-cola flavors commingling. This was aged nine months in 20% new French barrels. (PG)" (6/2016) Wine Spectator: "Taut and expressive, layered with plum, guava, floral and spice flavors that persist against light, crisp tannins on the sleek finish. (HS)" (5/2016) K&L Notes: Ryan Harms is the owner and winemaker at Union Wines, whose motto is "drink with your pinkies down." Union makes killer Oregon wines at different price points (Kings Road represents the middle tier) that showcase the terroir while providing ... Read More »
94 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctly minerally, with a saline quality to the ripe raspberry and cherry flavors, coming together harmoniously against powdery tannins on the long, vivid finish. Exciting, promising a great future. Best from 2017 through 2024." (6/2016) 92 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby-red. An array of fresh red fruit, floral and spice scents are joined by hints of cola and smoky minerals as the wine opens up. Juicy and energetic in style, particularly in the context of the vintage, offering raspberry, rose pastille and star anise flavors that deepen and spread out on the back half. Closes ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Teutonic is making some of the finest German-inspired wines in the U.S. They work with cooler, higher-elevation sites to allow their grapes to hang on the vine longer and develop more physiological ripeness. In fact, Laurel Vineyard is located at one of the highest elevations in Oregon at 1250 feet. This is an elegant rosé that's low in alcohol (which means you can drink it by the gallon!), showing notes of dark plum, pink apples, and cassis.
Inventory: Redwood City
96 points James Suckling: "A juicy and intense wine with with lots of plum, chocolate and cedar undertones. Full-bodied and velvety. Pretty, gorgeous, racy and just so fine. Love the fruit and texture. Drink now." (11/2016) 92 points Vinous: "Brilliant red. Ripe red and blue fruits, candied flowers, incense and a hint of licorice on the deeply perfumed nose. A spine of juicy acidity provides lift and structure to sweet raspberry and boysenberry flavors that open up slowly on the back half. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes impressively long, showing resonating red fruit characte ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Light and refreshing, with a savory edge to the dark cherry and floral flavors, finishing on a distinctly mineral note. This has presence and delicacy. (HS)" (2/2016) Vinous: "Light, bright red. Spicy, focused aromas of redcurrant, strawberry and pomegranate accented by a hint of rose. Clean and racy in the mouth, with the zesty red fruit flavors showing good depth but zero fat. In a clean, vibrant style, finishing with good cut and very soft tannins. (JR)" (10/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "A slight whiff of leathery funk in the nose carries into the palate, but it does not override the ric ...Read More »
92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Suave, oak-spiced aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry cola and minerals carry a zesty floral overtone. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cola and lavender pastille flavors plus hints of mocha and spicecake. Shows impressive clarity and spicy lift on a very long, fruit-driven finish that's shaped by even, slow-mounting tannins. Mike Etzel told me that 2014 required "lots of work to keep the crop down" and that it was a vintage marked by "big clusters and big grapes" that produced wines that will deliver a ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This entry-level Pinot from Domaine Serene outshines more than a few Oregon reserves. It’s splendidly clear, refined and aromatic, with a tantalizingly smoky note in play. There is a pleasing dusty character to the cherry fruit and the finish is dappled with highlights of cinnamon toast. It’s flat-out irresistible." (12/2016) K&L Notes: Domaine Serene's Yamhill Cuvée is named for the Yamhill-Carlton district where the estate is located, but the wine also includes some fruit from the nearby Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills. The wine is aged in 40% n... Read More »
A Bronze medal winner at the 2012 World Beer Cup, this was also named Beer of the Year by the Willamette Weekly in 2013 and Best Beer of 2012 by the Portland Tribune. A golden-hued ale with floral aromas, soft hoppy bitterness and a crisp finish.
Wine Enthusiast: "Fresh and forward flavors mix rhubarb, ripe strawberries and sweet Bing cherries. This vibrant wine finishes with a refreshing snap of acidity, making it a pleasure to drink." (6/2016)
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Distinctive and precise, this well-priced wine should have a place in your cellar. It captures the specific characteristics-terroir if you will-that distinguish the best Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs: highlights of cola and herb, refreshing minerality, a perfect balance of fruit, acid and tannin, and a riveting liveliness in the mouth. All this without any hint of new oak makes this a winemaking tour de force." (2/2017) 91 points Vinous: "Brilliant red. Fresh cherry, black raspberry and floral scents pick up notes of allspice and smoky minerals with air. Fl ...Read More »
95 points Wine & Spirits: "Perhaps the best thing to be said about this wine is how much it compelled us to want to drink more of it. Grown at Cristom’s highest-elevation vineyard, this is captivating from start to finish, by turns propulsive and generous, light and penetrating, invigorating in its earthy lavender scents, its wisp of bergamot and cherry. Fully ripe, it maintains a light tone, propelled by vigorous acidity and suspended by a pulsing, mineral grip." (2/2017) 94 points James Suckling: "Subtle aromas of cedar, dark berries, tea and orange peel follow through to a full to medium body, compacted fr ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
It's a rare treat to find a solid, everyday Pinot Noir that over-delivers for under $30, let alone under $15—and from Oregon, at that. This wine is sourced from vineyards across Oregon, and is made to highlight the rich, juicy flavors of the state. Recent vintages have been reviewed favorably, if not in the 90+ point realm (you want the world for $11.99?), by Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, and even Burghound. Fun fact: If you didn't see it here first, you might have seen Underwood at UK retailer Marks & Spencer, who feature it as their only U.S. Pinot No... Read More »
Though the 2013 vintage has yet to be professionally reviewed, the Wine Advocate praised the 2012 bottling: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Illahe Vineyard has a lifted bouquet with violet scents permeating the dark cherry and blackcurrant nose. The palate displays quite a lot of extraction, although the acidity keeps everything balanced, the finish quite glossy with a long cassis finish. Fine." (03/2015)
Winemaker Russell Raney was heavily influenced by Burgundian winemaking and trained with Henri Jayer of Vosne-Romanée before moving to Willamette Valley. His wines are elegant and restrained; deeply expressive and sophisticated. From the winery: "Mahonia Vineyard and Evesham Wood share a long history together. This summer, we were lucky enough to gather several vintages (going back to the 90s) of Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Mahonia Vineyard and taste through them. It was remarkable how the wines were so distinct and expressed the growing season, yet also all... Read More »
Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Clean, crisp, slightly honeyed and fairly light on its feet despite its somewhat elevated alcohol level, this slightly sweet effort has both juicy aspects and burgeoning acidity that gives it near-classic balance for drinking now or later. Like many balanced Rieslings, it can easily pair with lighter pork or chicken preparations, and we would be happy serving this enjoyable effort alongside cashew chicken or Chinese spare ribs." (9/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Riesling Three Vineyard comes from Corral Creek, Stoller and Ridgecrest Vineyards cropped October 5- ...Read More »
ZuurPruim or sour plum is a mixed culture tart farmhouse ale aged for 4 months on Yummy Beaut plums in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.
97 points Wine Enthusiast: "With its clean, neutral profile, this graceful gin works well with just about anything, from Aviation cocktails (natch) to bone-dry Martinis. On the palate, look for bewitching hints of caraway, juniper, grapefruit and a dry, faintly spicy finish. (KN)" (4/2012) K&L Notes: Aviation Gin is a unique partnership between Lee Medoff and Christian Krogstad of House Spirits Distilling in Portland, OR, and mixologist Ryan Magarian of Liquid Kitchen in Seattle, WA. Believed to the first collaboration of its kind, Aviation Gin evolved from a friendship and mutual passion for t... Read More »
96-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "An American distilling masterpiece by distiller Steve McCarthy." (9/2001) K&L Notes: From the McCarthy Family Orchards in the foothills of Mount Hood comes Clear Creek Distillery's Eau de Vie Pomme. This release was made using a traditional European pot still and barrel aged for eight years. What you get is a beautiful amber-hued brandy that smells remarkably of fresh apples, but has the complexity of an oak-aged gem on the palate. Rivals the best Calvados.