Domaine Drouhin Cuvee Laurene Pinot Noir 2017, Dundee, Willamette Valley, Oregon$75.00
French Soul, Oregon Soil. That's how Domaine Drouhin characterizes itselt. Their estate winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, creates elegant, fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines forged from the family's tradition of fine winemaking in France. Named after Véronique Drouhin's elder daughter, Laurène is their flagship wine, and is produced entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the family's estate in the Dundee Hills.In recent years, Laurène has been named one of the “Great Wines of America” by Paul Lukacs in his book of the same name and “perennially one of Oregon's best wines” by Portland Monthly Magazine. The 2017 Laurène is an essay in balance. Its color is both brilliant red and deep ruby. The nose is baked fig, rhubarb and pomegranate. On the palate, the texture is both light & viscous, with mouth coating tannins, and flavors of spice & ripe raspberries with a touch of tartness. The exceptionally long finish leaves you with sweet, lush fruit & wonderfully bright layers. While intensely woven now, a couple years of cellaring, or decanting, will reveal silk, elegance and an expressive depth of texture. Enjoy now, and over the next 8-10 years.
Domaine Roy 2017 Maison Roy “Incline” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley$60.00
The winery began in 2012 with Marc-André Roy and Jared Etzel who continue in their fathers’ footsteps who partnered to establish Beaux Freres Winery in 1991. The winery focuses on wine from two estate vineyards in the Dundee Hills and Carlton under the Domaine Roy et Fils label, and wines from non-estate fruit is labeled Maison Roy et Fils. The 2017 Maison Roy & fils Petite Incline is comprised of a blend of vineyards from the Dundee Hills & Yamhill Carlton. The Domaine Roy Petite Incline 2017, Willamette Valley is a selection of barrels that show the earliest accessibility and allow for prime drinking on release. The color is lighter, the tannins are soft and the wine is quite floral. The aromatics present red berries, mint and dried herbs while the palate shows ripe red fruit and a round lighthearted profile that will provide optimal drinking for the next 5-6 years. 90 Points Wine Enthusiast. Enjoy with Roasted Salmon – another great coming from the northwest!
Eyrie Pinot Gris 2017, Dundee Hills, Oregon, USA$22.00
In the winter of 1965, after earning a degree in viticulture and enology from UC/Davis, and research in Europe, 25-year old David Lett moved to Oregon “with 3,000 grape cuttings and a theory”. It was the first planting of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and related varieties in the Willamette Valley, and the first Pinot Gris in America. The Eyrie Vineyards, founded by David and Diana Lett in 1966, is located in the Red Hills of Dundee, about 30 miles southwest of Portland. It was named for the red-tailed hawks who make their home (EYE-ree) in the fir trees at the top of the vineyard. The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris 2016 offers a medium gold color and intriguing aromas of straw, mango, tangerine and melon, with notes of jasmine and camellia, smoke and loam; after a few minutes in the glass, it unfolds hints of crystallized ginger and candied quince. The wine is supple, almost lush with slightly roasted and quite spicy stone-fruit flavors, tempered by star-bright acidity and a faceted limestone element. The finish brings in some chastening grapefruit astringency.
The Eyrie NV Spark is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir, 37% Chasselas Doré and 8% Pinot Blanc, from 31-year-old vines. It is an “ultra brut.” Medium to deep cherry-pink in color, it has aromas of cantaloupe, strawberries, raspberries and lemon peel with notes of stone and toast. The palate is dry with citrus and red berry flavors, spritely mousse and a refreshing, mineral-driven finish.
King Estate Pinot Gris 2018, Willamette Valley$24.00
The flagship wine from King Estate Willamette Valley – Pinot Gris 2018, reflects an excellence recognized worldwide. Made with the best selection of grapes each year, the 2018 vintage was sourced primarily from King Estate’s certified Biodynamic® and organic vineyard as well as a handful of like-minded sustainably-farmed vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley. 2018 King Estate Pinot Gris is a beautiful example from a classic Oregon vintage. This wine has a pale straw color with glistening edges. Fresh fruit aromas of ripe pear and lime zest are followed by pleasant honeysuckle notes. On the palate, there are lively flavors of nectarine, ripe pear and fresh cut pineapple, highlighted by violet tinges. This is a rich, viscous Pinot Gris, with a striking balance of ripe fruit and fresh acidity. Enjoy now and until 2028.
Rose Rock Chardonnay 2017, Willamette Valley$34.00
The Rose Rock Chardnnay 2017 is made by the famed Domaine Drouhin people! Super fresh aromas of lemon and lime zest, leading to fresh white peaches. This has a very impressive sense of purity and clarity that follows to the fresh, linear palate. Impressively rened chardonnay.” This Roserock Chardonnay is vibrant and round, with broad floral notes and energetic touches of noisette, peach and pear. The palate’s enveloping texture is balanced by clear structure and a sense of minerality. It is an elegant and complex wine, with a long finish, and I expect this vintage to evolve nicely over the next few years.– 94pts James Suckling; 92pts Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice; 91pts Wine Spectator, Top 100 Wines of 2018.
Stoller Pinot Noir 2018, Dundee Hills, OR$31.00
Bill Stoller was born on the property and raised on the family farm outside of Dayton, Oregon. Bill’s decision to transform the family farm into a vineyard stemmed from much more than wishful thinking. With the help of Burgundian winemaker Patrice Rion and local vineyard consultants, Bill confirmed that the very factors that made this land a poor choice for turkey farming were perfect for an award-winning vineyard. In 1995, Bill planted 10 acres each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, combining the experience of consulting viticulturists with innovative vineyard techniques in order to maximize the grape’s quality. Crafted exclusively from estate fruit, the Stoller Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2018 is made in an elegant, approachable style. It has aromas of brambleberry and cherry with floral notes of lilac and violets and understated hints of cola and cinnamon. The palate features a purity of red fruit flavors, bright acidity and medium tannins. This approachable wine pairs well with a variety of foods, including cedar plank grilled salmon with tarragon aioli, pulled pork with cherry chutney and pickled onions, creamed morel mushrooms with shallots and hard cheeses, especially Comté.
Stoller Rose 2018$24.00
Pinot Noir Rosé has been a cornerstone of Stoller Winery’s production for more than a decade. Comprised of various clones of Pinot Noir, they intentionally craft their Rosé to be balanced and bright. Whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel, the Stoller 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé shows alluring aromatics of strawberry and kiwi. The palate displays Rainier cherries and stone fruit characteristics with mouthwatering acidity. The lingering notes of minerality on the finish will draw you back for another sip.
Torii Mor Pinot Noir 2017, Willamette Valley, OR$31.00
The Torii Mor 2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir has toasty oak and dark cherry notes, with touches of vanilla and spices. There are also notes of dark berries and vanilla-spice all the way through. The flavors are carried with good tannins, and a rich mouthfeel, with a dry touch. Enjoy now with decanting or bottle age for a truly delicious and spectacular wine. Delicious notes of rich dark fruits mingling with dark olive, lavender, and herbs. This herbaceous beauty is perfect for a spring dinner al fresco.