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Velocity, Rogue Valley Red Wine 2003

$28.95 -- "Seamless fresh raspberry and blackcurrant aromas intensified by licorice, mocha, black tea leaves and an array of spices."

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Velocity, Rogue Valley Red Wine 2003 "Deep garnet color with vibrant magenta rim.  Refined and integrated even in its youth, yet displaying a characteristic warm-vintage exuberance. On the palate, the wine is polished, smooth and well-paced as it reveals complex flavors of black cherries, cassis, crème brulee and truffle. Deftly balanced, with ripe, fine-grained tannin contributing to the velvety mouthfeel. Finishes long with silky layers of bing cherry, mint and clove."  Winery Notes

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  • Arcane Cellars, Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley 2007 -- "Produced from 100% 20-year-old Pommard vines, this Pinot Noir was aged for 15 months in 100% French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Characteristic Aromas of black cherry and raspberry give way to flavors of red currants and vanilla.  Further complexity comes across in aromas of wild mushrooms, forest floor, and black pepper.  Excellent with game fish such as salmon, sturgeon or halibut, dishes with wild mushrooms, and roasted meats. 165 cases produced."  Winery Notes


  • Beringer, Cabernet Sauvignon - Private Reserve, Napa Valley 1994 -- 94 points - mature, Robert Parker"Beringer's Private Reserve has always been one of my favorite California Cabernets, particularly since the late seventies. They can be drunk young, but age exceptionally well, giving every indication of holding their fruit and evolving nicely for two decades. The terrific 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve offers an opaque purple color, a gorgeous nose of toasty oak, and a silky, concentrated texture with unobtrusive acidity or tannin. The wine possesses layered richness, remarkable balance, sweet, pure fruit, and a finish that lasts for nearly 30 seconds. These wines are aged in 100% new oak, and tend to possesses at least 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Cabernet Franc. Amazingly, the oak is not a pronounced component in the final wine, a testament to excellent winemaking and the concentration these wines possess. Like so many top 1994s from Napa and Sonoma, this wine will be accessible when released in early 1998, but will age well for two decades." - Robert Parker


  • Bricco, Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley 2006 -- "The 2006 Pinot Noir Bricco is dark ruby-colored with an enticing nose of spice box and wild raspberries. On the palate the wine reveals a racy, elegant personality with a silky-smooth texture and savory flavors. Although in need of more depth and concentration, it is an excellent value."88 pointsJay Miller, Wine Advocate # 179, Oct 2008




  • Broadley Vineyards, Pinot Noir - Claudia's Choice, Willamette Valley 2006 -- "Named for Claudia Broadley, beloved wife, mother, and co-founder of Broadley Vineyards, our Claudia's Choice wines are truly the powerhouse wines of our offerings. Our Claudia's Choice bottlings come exclusively from 4 acres located mid-slope in our estate vineyards. Planted in 1983 of primarily Pommard clones, with a few rows of Wädensvil clone Pinot noir thrown in for structure, we use whole cluster fruit and ferment in open top French oak fermenters. The wine is aged in 100% French oak for 15 months and is always bottled unfined and unflitered. The 1994 Claudia's Choice Pinot noir is a legendary wine, earning an unprecedented 97 score from the Wine Spectator."Winery Notes


  • Broadley Vineyards, Pinot Noir - Johnson, Willamette Valley 2006 -- "Medium red color. Black raspberry and cherry on the nose, with a strong wallop of toasty oak. Sweet red and dark berry preserve flavors are framed by chalky tannins and given tangy lift by orange peel and cinnamon. Picks up gingerbread and candied licorice on the finish. Very seductive pinot with intense berry fruit, but the oak element is rather pronounced."88+ pointsBy Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 08


  • Broadley Vineyards, Pinot Noir - Marcile Lorraine, Willamette Valley 2006 -- "Our Marcile Lorraine wines are named after Craig's mother. They always come from 2 acres located at the top of our estate vineyard, above our Claudia's Choice blocks at around 600-ft. A blend of older Pommard and Wadensvil clones planted in 1983 on a lyre trellis. Usually harvested last, the Marcile Lorraine grapes are partially destemmed and then fermented in 600 gallon open top French oak fermenters. These wines are aged in tight grained new French oak for 12 months, and are bottled unfined and unfiltered."Winery Notes


  • Broadley Vineyards, Pinot Noir - Shea, Willamette Valley 2006 -- "The 2006 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is medium/dark ruby-colored with an enticing bouquet of damp earth, mineral, spice box, cherry, and black raspberry. It has the most depth and concentration of the Broadley wines and will benefit from 2-3 years of further cellaring. It will be at its best from 2010 to 2018."90+ pointsJay Miller, Wine Advocate # 179, Oct 2008


  • Broadley Vineyards, Pinot Noir - Stoller, Willamette Valley 2006 -- "The 2006 Pinot Noir Stoller Vineyard is medium ruby-colored with a nose of smoke, cherry, and black raspberry. This is followed by a silky-textured wine with enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. Drink this medium-long wine from 2010 to 2018."88 pointsJay Miller, Wine Advocate # 179, Oct 2008


  • Bunell, vif - Columbia Valley -- "This proprietary blend includes both red and white Rhone varietals.  Bright, chocolatey and fresh, with a blast of spicy black pepper.  It lives up to its name and then some."  89 PointsWine Enthusiast Oct. 2006


  • Chateau Palmer 1989 -- "Palmer's 1989 is one of the vintage's great successes. The wine exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, a sweet, jammy nose of black fruits, intermingled with floral scents, licorice, and a touch of truffles. Full-bodied and supple, with low acidity, copious quantities of ripe fruit and glycerin, and a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, harmonious, seamless texture, this is a gorgeous Palmer. It may turn out similar to this estate's brilliant 1962 and 1953. Although approachable, it will improve for another decade, and last for 20-25 years."95 pointsRobert Parker, ©Wine Advocate # 109, Feb 1997"Deep ruby color at the center, with a red edge. Shows lovely floral, berry and plum aromas and hints of earth. Full-bodied and chewy, with masses of tannins and a long, sweet and ripe berry aftertaste. Just peeking through the curtain. Great potential. Muscular-style Palmer.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2000." Score: 93 ©The Wine Spectator, May 31st, 1999


  • Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes 2001 -- "A prodigious effort, possibly the finest Suduiraut since 1959, the medium gold-colored 2001 offers notes of creme brulee, caramelized citrus, Grand Marnier, honeysuckle, and other exotic fruits as well as a pleasant touch of oak. With terrific acidity, a voluptuous/unctuous palate, and sweet, powerful flavors buttressed by crisp acidity, it is a phenomenal Sauternes. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040."98 pointsRobert Parker, ©Wine Advocate # 153, Jun 2004"Gorgeous aromas of honey, passion fruit, mango and candied lemon rind. Full-bodied and ultraconcentrated, yet balanced and refined. It lasts for minutes on the palate. This has just about everything in the right place. Stunning. Best after 2009. 6,665 cases made." Score: 98 #9 of the Top 100 Wines of 2004The Wine Spectator, September 15th, 2004 "Medium yellow-gold. Flamboyantly ripe, complex nose combines pineapple, apricot, toffee, clove and vanilla. Hugely sweet and rich, with deep, powerful flavors of honey, marzipan and toffee. A major mouthful of wine, with great lingering sweetness. Today, this makes the Rieussec seem almost polite by comparison."95 pointsBy Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 04


  • Chehalem, Chardonnay - Ian's Reserve 2008 -- "Hard to imagine better in any way. From a warm, but not hot vintage, with half-crop yields giving concentration through the roof, the weight and extract for this platinum wine make it sensual and long on the palate. Flavors are white but rich and oily, with chartreuse and tropical yellow threads; wood and alcohol are barely present in impact; and aromas are seductively fresh and floral. Great balance and velour finish. One of the couple best we've made. Terribly low case quantities." Winemaker's Comments


  • Chehalem, Oregon Pinot Noir Reserve 2004 -- Lithe and spicy, with distinctive cinnamon and floral overtones to the vibrant raspberry and red cherry flavors that echo on the persistent finish. A graceful wine with miles to go. Best from 2007 through 2014. 362 cases made. 92 points - Wine Spectator Fashioned from a blend of 90% Ridgecrest and 10% Stoller Vineyards, the 2004 Pinot Noir Reserve is excellent. Its waxy black cherry, floral aromatics are followed by a medium to full-bodied core of silky black fruits. This expansive, expressive wine is suave, plump, and generous. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. 89 points - Steven Parker


  • Christopher Bridge, Pinot Noir - Satori Springs 2006 -- 520 cases made . 100% Estate grown"A richly ruby colored and inviting raspberry entry on subtle oak accents unfolds to opulent waves of black cherries, blueberries, rhubarb and pomegranate fruit and a hint of sweet herbs. Velvety, beautifully balanced and supported by the finely grained oak tannins, this wine shines with complexity and elegance. Pair with grilled wild salmon, steak or enjoy solo." Winery Notes


  • Dobbes, Pinot Noir - Cuvee Noir - Willamette Valley 2004 -- This exclusive, limited bottling of Pinot Noir was blended from four different Willamette Valley vineyard lots (Johnson, Three Angels, Amity Hills and Windemere Vineyards, Oregon) and select barrels to showcase the finest attributes of each. The winemaker's "true love", this Cuvée Noir is a big and full-bodied wine. Not over the top, but skirting the line beautifully, this wine flirts with power, depth, richness and elegance simultaneously. This harmonious cuvée opens with expansive warm aromas of spices, graham, and black fruits with a hint of floral notes. The mouth mirrors the aromas with full flavors of black cherries, blackberries and red currents wrapped within fine and sweet tannins. Perfect for immediate gratification, the Cuvée Noir also exhibits excellent aging potential to 2011.




  • Domaine Ste. Michelle, Extra Dry - Columbia Valley Sparkling Wine -- "Fresh, aromatic and modestly sweet sparkler, offering pretty quince and pear aromas and flavors, finishing with hints of earth and spice. Pleasing and affordable. Drink now. 51,000 cases made." Score: 87 The Wine Spectator, December 30th, 2002"Rich, sweet and creamy this sparkling wine exhibits deep apple flavors with a toasty finish."  Winery Notes


  • E. Guigal, Cote-Rotie - La Turque 2002 -- "The 2002 Cote Rotie La Turque, which includes 7% Viognier, reveals a deeper ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of graphite, acacia flowers, black currants, and notions of meat and truffle. Fruity, soft, round, and substantial, it can be drunk over the next 10-12 years."91-93 pointsRobert Parker, ©Wine Advocate # 163, Feb 2006"Tight, with a well-integrated structure holding the mineral, vanilla, sandalwood, plum and cherry notes at bay for now. Yet it's finely assembled, with great length for the vintage, and should age easily. Best from 2007 through 2021. 300 cases made." Score: 94 ©The Wine Spectator, October 15th, 2006 "Ruby-red. Expressive and seductively lush aromas of pure blackberry, creme de cassis and candied plum. Suave, silky and incredibly sweet, showing deep, sappy dark berry flavors that verge on liqueur-like. No way I'd guess this was a 2002. The broad, velvety, sweet finish shows very good weight and extremely supple tannins."91 points By Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 07


  • Fielding Hills, Merlot - Wahluke Slope 2004 -- "Ripe and focused, with gorgeous blackberry and currant flavors on a silky frame, lingering with hints of tobacco as the finish sails on nicely. Drink now through 2011. 106 cases made." Score: 90 ©The Wine Spectator, February 8th, 2007


  • Frederic Magnien, Charmes-Chambertin - Grand Cru 2005 -- "Good deep red. Complex, musky nose combines black cherry, plum, smoky underbrush, chocolate and spices. Sweet, broad and deep, with expressive flavors of dark plum, redcurrant, strawberry and earth. At once fat and fresh, finishing with sweet tannins and impressive length. Very rich, shapely wine, one of the suavest grand crus I've tasted to date under Magnien's negociant label."93 pointsBy Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 08






  • J & J Ostrozovic - Tokaj, 3 Puttony - Slovak Tokay Wine 375ml 1999 -- Tokaj 3 Puttony Select Wine - ranks among the high quality Tokaj Select Wines. Its sugar content is comprised entirely of natural sugar that results from the addition of 3 puttonies of hand picked cibéb grapes per 136 liters of dry Tokaj wine (a puttony is a historic tub for grape picking). After a complex production process, the wine matures in wooden barrels in classic Tokaj wine cellars for three to six years.


  • J & J Ostrozovic - Tokaj, Samorodny Sweet - Slovak Tokay Wine 375ml 1999 -- Tokaj Samorodné Sweet Wine - is made from classic Tokaj grapes that are partially treated with the Botrytris cinerea mold. The wine is produced without removal of the cibébs, which impart an amber hue to the wine, a very specific flavor and a higher natural sugar content. The wine matures in wooden barrels in classic Tokaj wine cellars prior to bottling.




  • Lewman Vineyard, Pinot Noir - Estate Grown, Eola-Amity Hills 2006 -- "The 2006 Lewman Vineyard Pinot Noir, comprised of a blend of Pommard and Dijon 115 clones, presents a rich, floral bouquet with ripe, complex red and black fruit flavors and a consistent tapering finish laced with fine tannins.  This lovely Pinoit noir will gain complexity with age.  Lewman Vineyard is sustainably managed."Winery Notes




  • Oak Knoll, Oregon Pinot Noir - Red Hill Vineyard 2005 -- "This wine exhibits a dark garnet color and aromas of cherry, clove, and leather. On the palate the wine is supple and round with integrated flavors of berry and cinnamon spice, framed by subtle notes of vanilla and a hint of oak. The wine possesses a fruity fruit forward style ready to drink.Red Hill Vineyard is a highly maintained vineyard operation, totaling 172 acres of hillside vineyard, situated on Red Hill in Northern Douglas County, Oregon. A seven acre vineyard was originally established in 1970 with plantings of Pinot Noir. Additional plantings were started in 1990. The Vineyard is located with the recently designated AVA Red Hill of Douglas County, Oregon. This is a single vineyard appellation having south and southwest slopes with elevations between 880-1175 feet. This combination of the above factors allows for warm days and cool nights which are ideal for premium wine production. The Red Hill's geology is an elongated volcanic dome with a reservoir of residual Jory soils to depths of 20 feet. Jory loam, Oregon's premier vineyard soil is well drained but quite infertile, resulting in small berry clusters with intense, ripe fruit flavors, displaying the uniqueness of the Red Hill AVA. Today the extensive plantings are developed with 132 acres of 6 different clones of Pinot Noir." Winery Notes "


  • Opus One, Red Wine - Napa Valley 1991 -- 92 points - Robert Parker"Opus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated, chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the copious quantities of concentrated fruit. This Opus can be drunk now as well as over the next 15+ years."  Robert Parker 2/95


  • Oregon Pinot Noir - Sampler Case -- By popular demand:  Here is a full case (12 bottles) of our staff favorites in the sub $20.- Oregon Pinot Noirs.   Perfect for people who want to try new things or figure out what to stock up on.  A lot of these wines are from very small producers and will be impossible to find outside of Oregon.*** We've removed the words "sub-$20" from the product description so as to make this item a more Holiday friendly gift.***


  • Oregon Pinot Noir - Sampler Half-Case -- By popular demand:  Here is a half case (6 bottles) of our staff favorites in the sub $20.- Oregon Pinot Noirs.   Perfect for people who want to try new things or figure out what to stock up on.  A lot of these wines are from very small producers and will be impossible to find outside of Oregon.*** We've removed the words "sub-$20" from the product description so as to make this item a more Holiday friendly gift.***




  • Phelps Creek, Pinot Noir - Becky's Cuvee, Columbia Gorge 2006 -- "A blend of the best Pinots from the Columbia Gorge AVA. Ripe berries, plums and violets with a touch of oak spice highlight the bouquet of this Pinot Noir. Notes of coffee, black tea and leather lead to a nice long finish. Medium body with modest oak and ripe tannins. Delicious with roasted chicken with herbs or cedar-planked salmon."Winery NotesPeter Rosback of Sineann and Medici pedigree is the winemaker of this wonderful Pinot.


  • Philip Togni Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003 -- "Not surprisingly, Togni's 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has put on weight, and is performing even better out of bottle than it did from cask. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by classic aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, black currants, blackberries, dried herbs, smoke, barbecue spice, licorice, and tapenade. The wine is full-bodied, pure, and concentrated, with firmly structured tannin. While our culture prizes immediate gratification, these beauties require bottle age, and I rarely touch a Togni Cabernet Sauvignon before age 8 or 10. The 2003 requires another 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last for three decades or more. As a postscript, I want to acknowledge a wine Philip Togni produced early in his career at Chappellet, the 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon. Recently, one of my dearest friends, Dr. Jay Miller, was feting his 60th birthday, and brought a bottle of this wine along with a collection of profound museum pieces. Togni's '69 may be one of the greatest California Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted. Every bottle I have had seems to get better and better. This 36-year-old wine tastes like a 14- or 15-year-old adolescent except for the extraordinary soaring aromatics of creme de cassis, spice box, incense, and cedar. In the mouth, it's gorgeously fresh, full-bodied, super-concentrated, and revealing no signs of age. It is both a monument to California Cabernet Sauvignon and an homage to a feisty British-born winemaker who continues to turn out some of the world's most interesting wines."95 pointsThe Wine Advocate, #162, December 2005






  • Ramey, Cabernet Sauvignon - Jericho Canyon Vineyard, Napa Valley 2004 -- "The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Jericho Canyon Vineyard (a 1,730-case cuvee of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc) has an inky dark ruby/purple color, a wonderfully sweet nose of espresso roast, fudge, blackberry, and cassis with a hint of incense and smoke. The wine is full-bodied, broadly flavored, opulent, and voluptuous, and that in itself seems to give the wine its current appeal, although I think this is a candidate for at least two decades of cellaring."  94 points.  Drink 2006 - 2026  ©Robert Parker, #168 Wine Advocate"The 2004 Jericho Canyon Vineyard (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc) shows a deep purple color and a sweet nose of jammy black fruits intermixed with smoke, licorice, and incense. The wine is ripe, opulent, fleshy and up-front, as so many 2004s tend to be. This full-bodied, velvety-textured 2004 should drink well for 15 or more years."©Robert Parker, #162 Wine Advocate"Intense, vibrant and focused, with spicy currant and blackberry fruit that's well-defined, complex and supple-textured. Yet this has the desired backbone of acidity and earthy tannins. Decant. Best from 2008 through 2013. 1,730 cases made." -JL  ©The Wine Spectator Score: 90


  • Ramey, Chardonnay - Hyde Vineyard, Carneros District 2005 --  "...interwoven are notions of spring flowers, orange marmalade, white peaches, and steely minerals. Its abundant fruit conceals any evidence of wood. Well-delineated, with outstanding acidity as well as a layered, sumptuous finish, it should age nicely for 4-5 years, possibly longer. One of Northern California's most successful winemakers/consultants, David Ramey's personal winery continues to go from strength to strength. Ramey has had the best of both worlds, working in Bordeaux for the Moueix family, and in California at Dominus, Chalk Hill, and Rudd Estate. Ramey has two hierarchies of Chardonnays, his generic appellations as well as his single vineyard cuvees. Previously recommended: 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Jericho Canyon (94), 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal (95+), 2004 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard (91), 2004 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (94), 2004 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard (93)."  ©Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #174


  • Ridge, Monte Bello 1999 -- May/June 00 "Very saturated ruby. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, licorice, grilled nuts, fresh herbs and flowers. Great density and sweetness; this wine's uncanny depth of flavor already suggests this will be a top Monte Bello vintage. Really remarkably full for a wine with 12.7% alcohol: this is routinely done by Chateau Latour in riper years but it's hard to imagine a North Coast cabernet pulling this off. Lovely acids brighten the wine's black fruit and floral flavors and contribute to the impression of firm structure. Palate-staining, extremely long finish features very fine tannins." 92-95 pointsMay/Jun '01 "Bright saturated ruby. Very subtle, deep aromas of cassis, blackberry, iodine, iron and bitter chocolate; if the 2000 smells like Margaux, this is more Pauillac. Dense, bright and powerfully structured; thick but sharply delineated. Intriguing notes of leather and bitter chocolate. Firm acids and tannins contribute to the impression of backbone. But the tannins of the 2000 are even sweeter." 91-93 pointsMay/Jun 02 "Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, iron and mocha. Dense but tightly wound and not overly sweet; has a silky texture despite possessing a strong acid spine. Finishes with palate-cleansing acids and a late spicy character. This very young wine will need a good decade of cellaring, but even today there are no rough edges." 92(+?) points~By Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarA wine of great balance, finesse and grace. Well-focused, the ripe, tart, rich blackberry and currant fruit is intense yet elegant, picking up earth, mineral and sage notes, and finishing with fine, well-integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2012. 5,679 cases made.


  • Shafer, Hillside Select - Stag's Leap District, Napa Valley 2003 -- 95-98 points - Robert Parker"One of the world's, as well as Napa's, most profound Cabernet Sauvignons is the 2,000 or so case production of Shafer's Hillside Select. Made from their finest parcels in Stags Leap, the wine spends nearly 32 months in 100% new oak. This is a wine that usually has 20-30 years of aging potential. 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (just released) shows some graphite and pain grille notes intermixed with creme de cassis, licorice, camphor, and some spice box. Full-bodied, powerful, with fabulous fruit, silky tannins, and an intense mouthfeel, this is a gorgeous wine to drink over the next 20-25 years. One of Napa's most prominent and respected wineries, Shafer is a poster boy for remarkable and consistent quality across the board. All of this is the work of the brilliant father and son team of John and Doug Shafer as well as their long-term winemaker and vineyard manager, Elias Fernandez. With over 200-plus acres of estate holdings, and 55 surrounding their winery in Stags Leap, this is a winery that never seems to disappoint." - Robert Parker




  • Silver Oak, Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, 1997 -- (94-95) points - Robert Parker"The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa looks to be one of the finest wines made by the winemaking team of proprietor Justin Meyer and winemaker/viticulturist Daniel Baron. The 1997 Napa is an impressive effort. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine has a flamboyant nose of fruitcake, licorice, Asian spice, black currants, and toasty wood. Deep, opulent, viscous, intense, chewy, and thick, it is a classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon made in an all-American oak lovers' style. It should drink well for 12-15 years." - Robert Parker 12/00


  • Soter, Pinot Noir - North Valley, Willamette Valley 2006 -- "Soter Vineyards entry level Pinot is the 2006 Pinot Noir North Valley, a regional blend. Medium/dark ruby-colored, it exhibits a refined bouquet of black cherry, black raspberry, spice and earth notes. Supple, ripe, and plush, the wine offers savory flavors, good depth, and a smooth finish. If our economic doldrums have caused you to forego Dom Perignon Rose and Roederer Cristal Rose, keep in mind that for the price of one bottle of those stellar Champagnes, you could purchase an entire case of Tony Soter's Beacon Hill Brut Rose."91 pointsJay Miller, Wine Advocate #179, Oct. 2008"Bright red. Fresh raspberry and blackberry aromas offer fragrant, jammy appeal, with dusty minerality adding energy. Pliant red fruit flavors stain the palate, giving this wine an appealing, juicy character. Silky tannins add gentle grip and focus to the tangy, redcurrant-flavored finish. Very refreshing, precise wine."90 pointsJosh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l. Wine Cellar, May/June 2008"North Valley Pinot Noir is made from a handful of select sites here in the North end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Close relationships with local growers, careful farming, and Tony Soter's 30+ years winegrowing experience make this a truly superb and versatile Pinot Noir. Our goal is to produce a quintessential Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, typical of both the variety and our area in its charm, accessibility, and versatility at the table.All of these grapes were farmed without pesticides or residual herbicides, and were certified as sustainable by Oregon's L.I.V.E. program.2006 North Valley Pinot Noir displays notes of red cherries, raspberries, and an exotic red fruit quality that reminds us of rose petals and guava. Even in this ripe vintage, Soter's trademark balance and silken texture on the palate shine through. Pinot Noir should have delicacy and lilt and faraway spices; this one has them to spare."Winery Notes




  • St. Innocent, Pinot Noir - Zenith Vineyard, Willamette Valley 2006 -- "Ripe red and black fruit flavors with spice and cedar notes and backed up by ripe tannins and moderate acidity. The wine's texture focuses on the mid-tongue with the spice and black fruits extending into the finish. Best enjoyed in its youth, it will develop more complexity over 5 years.Zenith, our estate vineyard, is centrally located in the Eola-Amity Hill AVA eleven miles northwest of Salem, Oregon. The grapes come from Pinot noir 777 clone in block 5C, established in 2002, which has a southwest slope of well-drained silty loam at an average elevation of 280'."Winery Notes"The 2006 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard, only in its fourth leaf, is another friendly, easy-to-understand wine with enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. Drink this lengthy effort from 2010 to 2016. Mark Vlossak, partner/winemaker of St. Innocent Winery, was in a pleasant mood when I saw him in late July of 2008 and why not? He has moved into a splendid new facility where he can take full advantage of his winemaking talents. Furthermore, his 2006 Pinot Noirs are very successful and his 2007s in barrel might be even better."90 pointsJay Miller, Wine Advocate # 179, Oct 2008


  • Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne - Blanc de Blancs 1998 -- "Light yellow. Stony peach and pear aromas are complicated by smoked meat and Asian spices. Round and filled in, with admirably deep pit fruit flavors, a pliant texture and a fresh mineral kick on the finish. Leaves a strong pear impression on the palate and an echo of minerals." 93 points  Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2007




  • Viader, Table Wine - Napa Valley 2000 -- "Lots of attractive, up-front fruit pleasure, with a core of black cherry and blackberry shaded by cedar, mocha, coffee and leather. Finishes with a sense of elegance and ripe, integrated tannins. Best from 2004 through 2012. 4,647 cases made."


  • Winter's Hill, Pinot Noir - Cuvee du Vigneron, Dundee Hills 2005 -- Bouquet: Intense, full blackberry flavor with a hint of black currant and vanilla. Palette: Blackberry, white pepper with a hint of chocolate and eucalyptus for complexity. Structure: Strong acids and good tannins for rightly balanced wine full and long into the finish. Dish to go with: Roast Beef, Lasagna Bolognese, marinated pork.Winery Notes





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