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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 style. This is a perfect mid-week, food friendly white wine. (PG)" (8/2016)
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)
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."
92 points Wine & Spirits: "*Best Buy* Ponzi's entry-level red, this lacks any pretension and airs. But its youthful energy, a lively red cherry scent, a plush middle-palate and a Jory-soiled redness to the fruit flavors, not to mention a volcanic grip of tannins, make this a lot of wine for the dough." (2/2016) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Who puts their lowest-priced Pinot Noir in 20% new French oak, and includes fruit from their best vineyards in the blend? Ponzi does, and the result is a terrific vintage for Tavola. Bright, compact, aromatic and lushly fruited with plum and black cherry, th ...Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Here is an utterly irresistible wine-spicy, sensuous and layered with beautifully ripened citrus, tree and tropical fruits. A whiff of pine needle continues as a flavor thread, along with vanilla, buttered nuts, lemongrass and macaroon. This wine just keeps on going." (4/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay, barrel fermented and raised in 50% new oak and 50% neutral, had a little dustiness on the nose, but that soon dissipates with touches of lemon curd and honeysuckle. The palate is well balanced, rounded in the mouth with tropical tones (guava and ...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."
From the winery: "It’s hard to keep your pinky up when you’re drinking wine from a 375 mL can. These are the most approachable and ready-to-travel anywhere wines we produce. Whether you’re sitting in a hot tub after a good day of riding or heading where other wines dare not travel, we have you covered without sacrificing the craft taste Union is known for. Tasting notes: White peach, apple, and lemon."
Inventory: San Francisco
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."
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Pretty is the word that comes to mind upon sniffing and sipping this wine, with its beguiling strawberry and cherry fruit. It gathers strength in its core, while maintaining an elegant, well-structured acid/tannin frame. It's an outstanding value in Oregon Pinot from a top producer. (PG)" (4/2016)
Elegant and Burgundian in style, organically and dry-farmed, Evesham Wood's wines are simply gorgeous examples of Oregon Pinot. From the winery: "Very forward with plum, dark cherry, red cherry with a slightly sweet smokiness reminiscent of a toasted marshmallow. It will be fun to watch this wine evolve over the next five years."
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% new French oak for 14 months before bottling. This 2013 bottling has not yet been professionally reviewed, but this cuvee from the similarly celebrated 2012 vintage garnered between 91-93 points from each Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiasst, and James Suckling.
91 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buy* Fresh and inviting, open-textured and refined, with plum, currant and floral flavors that dance through the supple finish. Shows generosity and finesse, finishing on a roasted note. (Web-2016) (HS)" Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Nicely ripened and yet balanced to firmness with a solid streak of youthful, cherry-like fruit running its length, this well-made, mid-sized Pinot wine goes right to the varietal point. It is slightly juicy and comes with a careful trim of sweet oak, and, if not an especially potent wine, it has the fruity confidence and balance to hold u ...Read More »
If you're looking for a Pinot Noir that expresses the "Red Hills of Dundee" or know nothing about Dundee, but want a fresh, foward-drinking Pinot Noir, the Arterberry Maresh will be right up your alley. It's a fantastically red-fruited Pinot Noir, with dense Dundee flavors deftly interwoven with spice and earth notes. This is declassified Maresh fruit (planted in 1970), with some supporting fruit from the exemplary Juliard and Winderlea vineyards.
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 »
Winemaker Matt Kinne describes his winemaking methods: "What separates Pinot noir from other red varietals is its ability to express itself in such a confident and understated form. Pinot noir at its finest is red, not black; freshly fragrant; richly and brightly flavored with complexity and length. The winemaker's hand is light to balance, not mute these attributes and promote the purest possible expression a vineyard has to offer. Appropriately, McKinlay Pinot noir ferments with native yeasts, without enzyme additions; ages in modest percentages (25% o... Read More »
90 points Wine & Spirits: "A generous white with crisp apple scents and flavors touching on lemon curd, this is simple, racy and mouthwatering with a tangy acidity that would make it an ideal pairing with shrimp spring rolls." (8/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "This is solidly varietal, with a sleek mix of pear flesh and skin. Some tension created between the phenolic bite and tart acidity carries through into the finish. It suggests that a proper match, with a relatively oily fish perhaps, will bring out its best." (8/2015)
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)
Inventory: Redwood City
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) K&L Notes: According to the winery: "True to its growing season, our 2014 Dundee Hills is a medium-deep garnet color, with a dark core. On the nose, the wine is refined, with clear notes of spice, rose, black cherry, plum, and sweet red fruits, all wrapped in an earthiness that lends a surprising rustic touch. On the palate, the aroma... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Evanstad Reserve is raised in barrel for 16 months using 57% new oak. It has a more complex bouquet compared to the Yamhill Cuvée with attractive raspberry and briary scents, the oak neatly integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with more red fruit than black, approaching soft(ish) tannin with a slight tinniness towards the finish that will hopefully recede with time. Enjoy this over the next 6-8 years, but don't hesitate if you feel like keeping it in the cellar for another 12-18 months. Few wineries are as easy on the eye as ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* Lithe, supple, lively and expressive, layering boysenberry, pomegranate, floral and coffee notes on a sleek frame, with powdery tannins. Finishes with presence and persistence. (HS)" (8/2016) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Deceptively light and tight when first opened, this wine has flavors and character more in line with Gamay than most Pinots. Tart cranberry and raspberry fruit carries into a tangy finish, with citrus, mineral and herbal highlights. (PG)" (8/2016)
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." (1/2016)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice" The fruit shines brightly in this all-stainless cuvée. Ripe golden apples are at the core, with hints of peach and papaya. It's a lovely, forward, ready-to-drink style that brings extra concentration and detail that is all too rare in unoaked Chardonnays." (12/2015) Wine Spectator: "Fresh and tangy, with a passion fruit edge to the apple flavors, finishing on a refreshing note. Drink now. 5,400 cases made." (2/2016)
Estate-grown Pinot Noir from Ridgecrest Vineyards (60%), Corral Creek Vineyards (31%), and Stoller Vineyards (9%). Aged 11 months in barrel, 8% new, 12% one-year-old, and 80% neutral. According to the winery: "2014 was one of those rare vintages when everyone is excited - writers and winemakers love the quality, grape growers had no handwringing to do, and yields pleased bankers, which also means customers will see reasonable prices! Wine quality is excellent, based on full ripeness... this vintage is deeply colored, seriously structures with perfect bal... Read More »
Details from the brewer: "Our traditional farmhouse brewery is located in Hood River County on a small farm where we also grow some of the hops we use in our beer. Truly handcrafted in every sense of the term. we prefer to use locally grown organic hops, not pulverized hop pellets. This unfiltered bottle of seizoen, with it's beeswax seal, is naturally refermented and carbonated with select yeast strains, producing fruity and spicy flavors that are balanced by hops and soft malt character. Special Brettanomyces yeast provides added dryness and crisp comp... Read More »
Brewer notes: "Light German Ale. In Cologne, many a brewery produces a light-bodied ale with a delicate fruitiness and rounded maltiness, attributable to the unique yeast strain commonly used. Our Kölsch is unfiltered and more generously hopped than its German cousin. 5.2% ABV, 40 BU"
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*EDITORS CHOICE* This wine boasts a lovely, creamy texture and citrusy freshness enhanced by deep concentration. Along with the citrus you'll find apple, pear and melon fruitiness. This is an irresistible summer sipper." (8/2015) Wine Spectator: "Light and sleek, with a polished feel to the pear, lime and sassafras flavors, finishing with delicacy. (Web-2015)"
From the winery: "Green peppercorn and savory herbs are apparent immediately on the nose. The fruit here is perfectly balanced by the stems and structure. The sweet toasted oak really polishes the edges of the wine making it glide across the palate. This wine strikes a perfect balance with red grapefruit and orange zest aromatics supporting the generous cherry and red currant flavors. Drinking perfect and ready to satisfy."
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) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is the first time this recently purchased vineyard has been featured as an Elk Cove designate. Planted in 2007, it’s just coming into its own. The young fruit is tight and tangy-a mix of raspberry and black cherry. Forward, bright and lightly spicy, it’s nicely focused effort with some high acid snap to the finish. ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and open-textured, with firm tannins around a generous core of cherry and spice flavors, lingering well. Drink now through 2020. 3,811 cases made." (2/2016)
From the producer: "My newest release is Revival and I couldn't be more thrilled to share it with you. I start with a secret blend of Washington-grown apples and add piloncillo, dark brown evaporated cane juice, purchased direct from Michoacan, Mexico. I ferment this dark base to all the way to dry using two exotic yeast strains: a beer yeast known for the round mouthfeel in Saisons and a rarely-used secret culture which produces aromas of pineapple, guava and peaches. This cider is brilliantly golden in color and deeply complex while remaining subtly fa... Read More »
Barnaby and Olga Tuttle's Portland-based Teutonic Wine Company, is, need we say, an idiosyncratic outfit focused on German and Alsatian wine styles. And obsessively focused on terroir--they now collect grapes before harvest from each vineyard in order to start a native yeast culture for each fermentation.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Lightly dusted with cinnamon and baking spices, this is apple pie in a glass. Along with the lovely apple-pastry richness come lighter suggestions of pear and peach. This immaculate and substantial effort should be consumed now through 2017. (PG)" (12/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* Fresh and vibrant, this harmonious white is appealing for its apple, pear, white peach and floral flavors that don't quit on the finish. Drink now. (HS)" (2/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Gris Three Vineyards has an attractive bouquet with resinous/waxy aromas infusing the citrus frui ...Read More »
From the brewery: "Hops climb up twine that’s just loosely tied to the trellis with a half hitch knot— and this Imperial IPA is just loosely tied to tradition. The Mosaic hop imparts surprisingly floral aromas instead of the more expected grapefruit-y notes. On the palate, complex layers of flavors might remind you of guava, mango, stone fruit and lemon, unraveling your idea of what an Imperial IPA should be."
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 »
Producer Note: "The color is a gorgeous light salmon. Watermelon, pear, jasmine, white flowers, lemon bar, and marzipan explode out of the glass, but never overwhelm. Is that brioche baking in the next room? Yes. Yes it is. The wine will be gone before you know it, before you’ve even had a chance to decide what it was, or what it meant to you. It remains a wine that demands contemplation, but frustratingly refuses to stay in your glass long enough for you to find all of the words. The second bottle will be just as good."
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Heady red and dark fruit liqueur, candied rose, allspice and woodsmoke scents show excellent clarity and a complicating hint of licorice. Palate-staining blackberry and spicecake flavors open nicely in the middle palate, picking up floral pastille and cola nuances and a hint of black tea. Rich and broad but energetic too, finishing with powerful spicy thrust and velvety tannins." (6/2014) 93 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Heady red and dark fruit liqueur, candied rose, allspice and woodsmoke scents show excellent clarity and a complicating hint of licorice. Palate ...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)
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "It's brewed with blackstrap molasses and licorice, enhanced by additions of cherry bark and vanilla, then aged in barrels previously used for Bourbon and Pinot Noir production, as well as new oak from Oregon. There's no shortage of aromas or flavors in this decadent brew. Rich chocolate and caramel notes abound, with supporting accents of sweet, oaky spice, roasted malt, dark brown sugar and dried red berry. With a texture like crushed velvet, medium carbonation and woody tannins, there's a solid structure here that, coupled with the intense profile, pro ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Argyle Brut is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from high elevation sites, partly from the Spirit Hill Vineyard. It has a lifted lime flower and white peach-scented bouquet, floral in style and very well defined. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with squeezed lime and green apple notes, well-judged acidity and a zesty finish that is just the ticket on a warm summer's day. Recommended. I am often impressed how New World sparkling wine stacks up against much of Champagne, and Argyle is no exception. Nate Klosterman makes s ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This self-described, entry-level blend boasts floral aromatics and spicy, peppery fruit flavors of cranberry, strawberry and raspberry. Ribbon Ridge Pinots show great character, especially when from estate-grown, biodynamically-certified grapes like this offering." (12/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Select was matured for 15 months in neutral oak barrels. It has an attractive blackberry and raspberry preserve-scented bouquet, floral tones developing soon after. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, attractive red cherry and raspberry ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "A new effort from DDO, this drops Domaine Drouhin from the name, and puts the vineyard name front and center. It’s young and well-crafted, with strawberry and cherry fruit. The potential is evident for an impressive site once the vines get some age under them." (8/2016) K&L Notes: According to the winery "Roserock is an extraordinary vineyard at the southern tip of the Eola-Amity Hills, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Ancient volcanic soils, an ideal elevation range and the unique cooling effect of the Van Duzer corridor produce classic cool-climate Pinot Noir and Cha... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This opens with a full and succulent burst of fruit, notably cherries and plums. The rich and juicy flavors are highlighted with a streak of cola and buoyed with ample acids. This is just flat-out delicious." (4/2016)
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.
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Planted in 1965, these are the oldest examples of this variety in the entire country. Splendid texture is a defining characteristic, with a yeasty, creamy mouthfeel. Ripe apples and toasted grains come through, as the wine extends through a long and powerful finish. Try it with grilled shrimp and a wine and butter sauce." (1/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Gris Original Vines, which has no SO2 addition, was picked on 23 September, the third earliest harvest ever. It has a complex bouquet with dried honey, dandelion, linden and tree sap notes that ke ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice" This delicious wine makes you wish that a lot more Sauv Blanc was coming out of the Willamette Valley. It's sharp, spicy and bright. The grapefruit and pineapple flavors carry well-defined accents of herb and pine needle. The pinpoint acidity adds further focus." (6/2016)
Teutonic Pinot comes to us from a Riesling-crazed one-time restaurant wine buyer in Portland, Oregon, whose pursuit of Oregon terroir led him, naturally, to Pinot Noir as well as Mosel-inspired Rieslings. The lower alcohol levels and delicacy of the Teutonic style might remind one of Spätburgunder, come to think of it.