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92 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly papery tannins underline the loamy earth-inflected cherry and spice flavors on a lovely, sleek and open-textured frame. Shows complexity and deftness, finishing long. Drink now through 2022." (2/2015) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. Lively spice-tinged red berry scents show good focus but a touch of heat. Tangy and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors and a hint of bitter orange pith that gains strength with air. The redcurrant note repeats on the rather rigid finish. (JR)" (8/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "A penetrating whiff of wintergreen is ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Mt Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir comes from vines located above the winery augmented by purchased fruit from notable vineyards. It contains around 40% whole-cluster fruit (one of the central tenets at Cristom), and only undergoes one racking during its 12 months in barrel: one just before filtration and then just before bottling. It has an attractive tertiary/woodland-scented bouquet with dried rose petal notes coming through, much less fruit driven than many other 2012 Pinot Noirs. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. It is ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Beautifully styled, this wine brings a solid blend of citrus, cucumber, tangerine and melon flavors. The length and balance are there for further aging, but the stunningly good flavors encourage near-term drinking." (10/2015) K&L Notes: Elk Cove Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in Oregon and they produce one of the best examples of Pinot Gris from the Pacific Northwest. The Willamette Valley's cool climate is perfect for delicate, slow ripening Pinot Gris, offering just enough sunlight and warmth to fully develop sugars, with cool night temperatures that help ... Read More »
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."
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!
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is matured 100% in oak for 11 months of which 20% is new. It is a little more backward on the nose compared to the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir '13, probably because it had only recently been bottled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin that ensure this is very easy drinking. No hard edges here: smooth in the mouth with strawberry and raspberry coming through on the finish." (3/2015) K&L Notes: The Drouhin family were the first Burgundians to get a foothold in Oregon after the wine world noticed that great Pinot Noir was be... Read More »
Ponzi's Tavola ("table" in Italian) Pinot Noir--is just that: wine for the table. It is a go-to food-friendly wine for weeknight dinners, and it won't disappoint on charm. Bonus: it's certified sustainable! From the winemaker: "This forward wine is filled with lush aromas of plum, black cherry, cola and caramel. The mouth follows suit with white pepper and mint notes intermingled with the sweet fruit mid palate leading to a finish of soft, but present tannins."
Winemaker's Notes: "Destemmed in 1¼ ton lots, Jim’s light touch in the winery allows the intrinsic character of the wine to blossom. Passive temperature management ensures spontaneous fermentation proceeds and is monitored and guided by sensory analysis, gentle extraction techniques and low peak temperatures. Immediately upon reaching dryness, the lots are gently pressed in a half-ton wood bladder press and settle 2-4 weeks before being transferred to 5%-10% new French oak barrels for twenty months. They are only racked to prepare for bottling. Maresh Vi... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* 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." (2/2015)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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 f ...Read More »
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. Our new Rosé Wine is a much-anticipated, highly drinkable way to bring out the summer vibes wherever you are. The canned version expands the wherever you are to anywhere you want to go."
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 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!
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This includes grapes from the winery’s Jerusalem Hill vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, in addition to the Dundee Hills sites, hence the more general Willamette Valley designation. It was aged in 65% new French oak for 16 months. It’s open and generous, offering bright berry, cherry and red currant fruit matched to defining acids, all set in a fine-tuned frame of new oak. Re-tasted 24 hours after being opened, it remained fresh, dense and satisfying." (8/2015)93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve was picked from late summer after one of the driest on r ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* The lovely wines from this pioneering estate, now in the capable hands of second-generation winemaker Jason Lett, are generally priced well below any comparable efforts. Here the texture and minerality evoke surpassing elegance. Lime, grapefruit, a bite of pineapple all come into play, with the depth and balance that suggests several years of life ahead." (2/2015)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Gris Estate is from vines planted in Rolling Green Farm and Daphne Vineyard (the first plantings in the United States from four cuttings) and for the first time, ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
92 points Wine Spectator: "Soft and appealing, with gentle blackberry and black plum flavors riding easily over polished tannins and lingering on the expressive finish. The tannins are well-integrated, the flavors persistent. Drink now through 2022. 3,338 cases made." (2/2015)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Spicy black raspberry and cherry pit on the nose, with notes of white pepper and allspice adding complexity. Juicy and focused, offering cherry and dark berry flavors with a touch of medicinal bitterness. Turns sweeter with air and shows very good clarity on the finish, which is firmed by dusty, fi ...Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* From 20-year-old, Dijon clone estate vines, this substantial, tongue-gripping Chardonnay has intense depth of flavor. A luscious mix of grapefruit, apple, melon, spice and mineral elements, it drives down through the palate and never quits." (4/2015)93 points Wine & Spirits: "Another fine study in chardonnay by the esteemed family from Beaune, this wine’s voluptuous ripeness makes it more demonstrative and plump than the Edition Limitée. Its ripe pineapple and pear accents are buoyed by mouthwatering, mouthfilling acidity and a leesy textural grip. Give it some ag ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Light and silky, bright with cherry, raspberry and cinnamon, coming together harmoniously against refined tannins on the expressive finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 8,000 cases made." (2/2015)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This bottling occupies the middle step between Ponzi’s Tavola and reserve-level Pinots. The exceptional 2012 vintage delivers a wine with unusual concentration for its price. It presents a refreshing mix of briary berry, mineral, hints of chive, pepper, chocolaty barrel notes and a suggestion of yeast, and is finished with fine-grain tannins." (2/2015)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby-r ...Read More »
The Jezebel is a fruit-forward, early-drinking Pinot Noir, with the balanced acidity and bright fruit flavors that you would expect from Oregon Pinot. It is a blend of wine from vineyards in the Willamette Valley and from the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon. The fruit is cropped around two to three tons per acre and fermented in small lots with a variety of yeasts that are chosen to bring out the fullest expression of the fruit. Most of the wine is aged in neutral French oak but a small portion is produced in stainless tanks, to create a wine that is... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay INOX sees no oak contact or contain any residual sugar. It has a light dried pineapple and peach-scented nose. The palate is simple with a grassy/malic opening, a pleasant seam of acidity and just a touch of spice to liven up the finish. (NM)" (3/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "Done entirely in stainless, this offers crisp, clean green apple fruit flavor, with suggestions of pear, ginger and a dash of sweet spice. It’s pleasant, just a bit dilute, and ready for immediate enjoyment." (2/2015)
Whisky Advocate: "3 year old peated malt whisky, aged in Oregon oak. Rich nose of peat—burning leaves, a touch of sweet diesel—and fresh oak. There's no stinting on the peat; it's young, it's in your face. Whiskey to stand toe-to-toe with Portland's hopped-to-blazes beers. Not just peat: creamy malt makes a solid floor and an exit that may be the most complex part of the experience. Refined for a 3 year old. Limited annual release. (Vol. 22, #4)" K&L Notes: The new Fall 2014 release of McCarthy's is here and it's the last batch that will come from the actual McCarthy era. While Steve ... Read More »
Just in time for the holiday season, legendary Oregon fruit distiller Steve McCarthy brings you his best liqueur yet: Clear Creek Cranberry. I have been anxiously and impatiently awaiting this elixir since I got the chance to sample it at the distillery four months ago. This is not the sugary-sweet, syrupy substance you probably are expecting. This cranberry liqueur captures the pure tart and tangy essence of the berry itself, with just enough sweetness to balance it out. It's juicy, supple, and incredibly addicting. It's going to blow you away and it's ... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A new, lower-priced cuvée for DDO, this uses both estate and purchased grapes. Chocolaty, soft and fresh, it is a graceful wine with generous raspberry and cherry fruit. Moderate acidity leads into flavors that are elegant and bright, with a gentle, lingering finish. Let it breathe for at least an hour for best results." (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is matured 100% in oak for 11 months of which 20% is new. It is a little more backward on the nose compared to the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir '13, probably because it had only recently been bottl ...Read More »
93 points Antonio Galloni: "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." (7/2014)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 ...Read More »
According to the winemaker: "Always one of my favorite bottlings, this year's Eola Amity blend greets one with dense and pure black and red cherry and hints of cinnamon. Those cherry flavors follow through to the lively mid-palate where fresh herbs and plum flavors join, followed by a silky finish."
93 points Wine Spectator: "*#45 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2015* Lithe and expressive, shading black cherry fruit with glints of mint, loamy earth and walnut. Fine tannins underline a long, dancing finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 1,711 cases made." (5/2015)92 points Antonio Galloni: "Ruby with a bright rim. Seductive aromas of ripe raspberry and mulberry, with powerful rose pastille and potpourri nuances adding complexity. Smooth, sweet and broad in the mouth, displaying liqueur-like intensity and depth but no excess weight to the concentrated red and dark berry flavors. Clings impressively on a very ...Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The widely available Yamhill Cuvée is bright and polished, showing a tangy mix of cranberry and strawberry fruit. It’s built with precision, accenting the crisp fruit with streaks of lemon, orange and grapefruit." (2/2015) K&L Notes: The winery calls it the "little sister" to their Evenstad Reserve, but it often scores within a few points of that bottling. The 2010 earned accolades and a 90 point score in Wine Enthusiast.
92 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy and expressive, light-footed but brimming with pear, pineapple, Meyer Lemon and spice flavors that sail easily into a long detailed finish. Drink now through 2020. 732 cases made." (9/2015)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "At first sharp and showing the influence of barrel aging in roughly 20% new French oak, this opens up and smoothes out into a supple, buttery wine. It’s rich with flavors of pineapple, baked apple, sweet spices and a hint of mint. Polished and sophisticated, it generously rewards your attention with plenty of delicious details." (8/2015)
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This cuvée offers the pleasures of sweet, sappy red fruits, soft tannins and broad swaths of caramel, toasted hazelnuts and mocha. It coats the tongue with flavor and has a sort of insistence that the next sip will be even better." (8/2015)90 points Antonio Galloni: "Deep red. Fresh red berry and peppery spice aromas, with a floral nuance adding complexity. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering lively raspberry and bitter cherry flavors plus a hint of bitter chocolate. Nicely taut and spicy on the long, zesty finish, which features dusty tannins and a lingering ...Read More »
"Blue Dot is named after our planet: we are only a pale blue dot in this universe. A Double India Pale Ale made with Organic Pilsner, Rye malt and a combination of intense northwest hop varieties."
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 extreme value for your buck. From the winemaker: "Our flagship Pinot is hard to beat. A combination of rich red fruit flavors with freshness and vibrancy unique to Pinot Noir grapes grown in our beloved Willamette Valley, this wine truly reflects the character of this region. We think the best vintage is pretty much r... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "The aromas are ripe and rich, offering plum, currant and roasted potato notes as the flavors come together and finish with precision against firm tannins. Best from 2017 through 2022." (2/2015)90 points Wine & Spirits: "A vinous Pinot Noir, this is quiet and mildly tense, its scents of dried cherries carried on a sleek texture. It needs some cellar time and then something delicate to match, like arctic char." (8/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby-red. Spice-accented red berry and floral pastille aromas show good clarity and a touch of succulent herbs. Silky and sweet on the palate, offering juicy ...Read More »
From the winery: "Said to be a Goldilocks vintage in Oregon; not too hot, not too cold and not too much rain! 2014 was, however, the warmest season on record in the Willamette Valley. Interestingly this was not due to high maximum temperatures, but rather higher than normal minimum temperatures. A warm spring and a little rain gave us an early bud break and the season maintained warm temperatures throughout. Nighttime temps were well above normal accelerated ripening despite large crop loads and harvest began at the very beginning of September. The dry w... Read More »
91 points Wine & Spirits: "There’s a sumptuous oak character to this pinot, a blend drawn largely from Eola–Amity Hills sources including Zenith, Mark Vlossak’s estate vineyard. It takes a day for that nutty graham-cracker sweetness to recede, and when it does, some beautiful fruit is revealed, dark, concentrated and grippy. This needs a year in the cellar to knit." (10/2015) Antonio Galloni: "Vivid red. Fresh raspberry and candied rose aromas are complemented by suggestions of spicecake and musky herbs. Spicy and incisive on the palate, offering intense red fruit and peppery spice flavors that slowl ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Estate includes about 5 percent stem addition and has a more complete bouquet with ripe blackcurrant, crushed strawberry and iodine scents that opens nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, candied orange peel and white pepper infusing the red fruit with a subtle cola note on the finish. This has more to offer than the 2011 in the long run." (3/2015) K&L Notes: From the Winery; Our Winemaker's Selection Pinot noir is the ultimate food wine, this Pinot noir is a brilliant match for any fare. From traditional Northwest c... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Noir aims to be a representation of the Willamette Valley, the fruit sourced from 12 vineyards. It has a pretty strawberry and red cherry-scented bouquet that is simple but nicely focused. The palate is quite pointed on the entry with tart red cherries and quite high acidity, fresh in the mouth, but needing a little more substance on the lightly spiced finish. (NM)" (3/2015)
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Bright red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by dried rose and brown spices. Tangy, sharply focused red fruits on the palate, with slow-mounting spiciness and building power. Silky tannins add grip to the very long, seamless finish. This gained weight with air but maintained admirable vivacity and clarity." (5/2009)91 points Wine Spectator: "Light and open-textured, with pretty plum, raspberry and black pepper flavors on a sleek frame, lingering with precision. A cellar release from the producer. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: The Beaux Frères Vineyard Pinot Noir is dark and sweet with... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Firm tannins surround a dark core of cherry, plum and dusky spices, coming together harmoniously with the texture as the finish persists elegantly. Has depth and distinction. Best from 2016 through 2022. 1,150 cases made." (2/2015)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve comes from the estate's oldest sites based on a hillside about eight miles from the winery, planted with vines in 1975 and 1978, intended to be a wine for cellaring. It was fermented after a five-day cold soak with a seven-day post-ferment skin maceration before aging in French oak barrels for 20 mont ...Read More »
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 the culinary artistry found within the realm of spirits and cocktails. Aviation Gin is made in the full bodied Dutch Style of days gone by with 100% rye grain neutral spirit and what can be simply described as a “botanical democracy” of Juniper, Cardamom, Cor... Read More »
From the brewery: "This is my flagship cider, the cider I love to love. The making of Hallelujah Hopricot starts with classic American apples as a Belgian wit-style cider steeped with coriander, bitter orange peel and paradise grains, fermented with a Belgian saison ale yeast. On top of that rich base, I add pure apricot juice and finish with Oregon-grown Cascade and (whenever I can get them) Amarillo hops. A fresh and fruity concoction not dulled by sweeteness, THIS OFF-DRY CIDER IS MY BEST-SELLER, AND FOR GOOD REASON."
The 2014 vintage has yet to be reviewed, but the 2013 earned 90 points Wine Spectator: "Lively and expressive, not opulent but layered with spice cookie and pear flavors. Finishes with intensity and floral notes."
From the winery: "Back in the '90s, when payphones dotted the earth and grunge was king, young Tyson Crowley got a job at Erath, and thus began his love affair with the Dundee Hills. From cellar rat at Erath to cellar master at Archery Summit and assistant winemaker at Cameron, the red clay soils of the Dundee Hills have been a consistent inspiration for Tyson. This wine is a culmination of his 19 years in the Dundee Hills and offers a signature palate of red fruit, earth and spice. Pommard and Wadenswil clones from La Colina and a Dijon clone field blen... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
91 points Wine & Spirits: "Light, fresh and lifted, this shows off the best aspects of the vintage. It’s a woodsy red with a dried-cherry scent, accented with a bit of leather. Its flavors are frisky and fresh, acids and tannins working together to forge plenty of movement and charm." (10/2015)90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and expressive, light-footed and generous, with cherry, plum and apricot flavors, coming together smoothly on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2019. 18,236 cases made." (9/2015)
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: San Francisco
The New York Times called Clear Creek's Pear Brandy "Quite Spectacular," and it is. Made from Bartlett pears grown in Clear Creek's own orchards in Parkdale, Oregon, the fruit is crushed and fermented and then the whole mash is run through German-made pot stills. Pure pear on the nose, the taste is strong but distinctly pear-flavored, finishing clean.