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Mark Ryan

Washington Wine:
Mark Ryan's Flagship Reds
Dead Horse, Long Haul, Lost Soul

This weekend marks the release of Mark Ryan’s flagship reds: Dead Horse and Long Haul. If you haven’t heard or read about the stunning 2012 vintage, now is the time to start listening. The ’12s we’ve tasted so far are incredible for how they combine plush fruit and the structure necessary to age for 10-20 years with ease.

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Oregon Wine:
This Pinot noir absolutely blew our minds.
Cottonwood Marina Piper Pinot noir 2012

This Pinot noir absolutely blew our minds. We first tasted it a couple weeks back and thought it was incredible...so incredible that we didn't believe our initial assessment. "It can't be this good!" we thought. So we waited a few days and tried a second bottle. Was it as good? Nope, it was better.

So we introduce you to our latest insider Pinot discovery, Cottonwood Marina Piper 2012. The real deal.

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Washington Wine:
In the Presence of Greatness: Owen Roe
Owen Roe flagships Dubrul and Red Willow Vineyards

The more wines I taste from the 2012 vintage the more I realize: we’re in the presence of greatness. Today’s Cabs, Owen Roe flagships Dubrul and Red Willow Vineyards, are the best and most complete vintages to date. I feel comfortable with that assessment, having tasted literally every vintage of Dubrul and Red Willow Cab, multiple times. Combining stunning concentration and superb balance is tough, and Owen Roe nailed it.

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Oregon Wine:
Bethel Heights Casteel Reserve Pinot noir 2012
A New Standard

Looking back on a decade of promoting and selling Oregon wines, one of my fondest memories is my first visit to Bethel Heights, one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. Ted Casteel, co-founder and winegrower, took me through the cellar and gave me a sneak peek of Casteel Reserve 2002, its first release.

Ten years later, Casteel Reserve is still a special wine for me. When I tasted the 2012, it set a new standard for that wine, and honestly boggled my mind. You’ll love having it.

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Oregon Wine:
Future Top 100? I'd Bet on It
Board Track Racer

Mark Ryan’s Board Track Racer label struck it big with Wine Spectator, grabbing a 92 for Cab/Merlot blend “The Chief” 2012. The price-rating-production ratio practically makes this a lock for Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2014.

We think “The Chief” is fantastic and chose it for our New Discoveries Wine Club in June. We know how to pick ‘em! Club members receive 15% off.

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Oregon Wine:
An Awesome New Pinot for You
Timothy Malone Wines

Hello Oregon Pinot fans,

We have an awesome small production new discovery in Oregon Pinot. Just 6 barrels (146 cases total) of utterly sublime wine. We highly recommend it. Once you taste it, you’ll be back for moreā€¦if there’s any left!

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Oregon Wine:
Setting Benchmarks: Evesham Wood
Le Puits Sec, Willamette Valley Pinot noirs

Today may be the best “wine holiday” of the year. Like a couple kids on Christmas morning (or like kids in candy store!) we’ve waited impatiently for the arrival of two wines, from the same winery. They are so good that both set benchmarks: one for the upcoming vintage and one for the current vintage.

The winery is Evesham Wood. The wines are Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2013 and Le Puits Sec Pinot noir 2012. Both are extraordinary, wholly deserving of a wine holiday.

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Oregon Wine:
Celebrating 20 Years of Westrey
Westrey's 2012 Wines

Westrey has long been one of our go-to wineries; we’ve sold truckloads of their wines over the years. Several months ago, we started hearing how good their 2012s were going to be, from other winemakers, and we were eager to get our hands on them.

The wait’s over!

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Numbskull

Washington Wine:
Mark Ryan Walla Walla Reds
New Label for Walla Walla Wines

Mark Ryan McNeilly stopped by last week with a flight of his new 2012 wines. The 2012s are all they're rumored to be: gorgeous upfront fruit, amazingly velvety textures, structure to support cellaring. NumbSkull is Mark's brand new Walla Walla project.

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Oregon Chardonnay

Oregon Wine:
Oregon Chardonnay Symposium
A Signature Style for Oregon Chardonnay?

Bringing well deserved attention to Oregon Chardonnay, the second annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium was held on May 4th in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Participants tasted with eight Oregon winemakers while wine writer Katherine Cole moderated. The discussion centered around the question of an "Oregon style" and explored the eight signature styles of each winery's Chardonnays.

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Eyrie Vineyards South Block Pinot noir tasting

Historical Tasting of Oregon Wine

29 Vintages of Eyrie Vineyards' South Block Pinot noir

November, 2011
By Jean Yates

In the summer of 2011, the owners of Eyrie VIneyards conducted an unforgettable tasting of 29 vintages of their famed South Block Pinot noir. The Lett family opened dozens of cases of their best wines for a guest list of 100 people. Never to be repeated, the tasting was a once in a lifetime experience.

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