With the popularity of Oregon Pinot, you've got to act fast to get the wines you want, especially when it comes to under $25 Pinots from blazing-hot wineries like Cameron, Crowley and Evesham Wood.
So we road-tripped up to wine country Monday, making sure bring you the best new wines before anyone else!
We caught John Paul in the middle of pruning Nebbiolo vines in his Clos Electrique Vineyard, wearing his muddied Euro-racing-stripes jump suit/coveralls. We descended into the dank and chilly cellar to taste 2009's still in barrel. Hot damn - he's sitting on some killer juice, to be released in the fall...
Willamette Valley Pinot noir 09
$16.88 in any 12 bottle order
What doesn't make it into Cameron's other Pinots becomes the Willamette Valley. All Dundee Hills, from the best neighborhood in Oregon (Worden Hill Road outside of Dundee), these misfit barrels band together. Drinks like a Bourgogne rouge, with high-toned red fruits, clove, and pepper that moves throughout the nose and palate. Simply put - a screaming deal.
Tyson Crowley expected us to be running behind - he is plenty familiar with the amount of time required for the full Cameron experience, having been John Paul's assistant winemaker for several vintages before going solo with Crowley. We start hitting barrels of 2009 and 2010 Pinot and Chardonnay, once again getting stoked about wines we can sell in months...
Pinot noir 09
$21.55 in any 12 bottle order
Then Tyson cracked his new release - 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot. A rich and meaty nose, melding raspberry and cherry with underpinnings of coffee grounds and woodsiness. Cola spice and lush fruit carry the finish. An unusually great value.
We ran out of time Monday, so fortunately, Evesham Wood's new owner and winemaker Erin Nuccio (whose Haden Fig label has become a favorite of Avalon customers) brought samples to us late yesterday!
The new releases were barely in the back door when we popped all the corks and started tasting.
Pinot noir 09 $25.95
$23.36 in any 12 bottle order
The 2009 Eola-Amity Cuvee is a step up from previous vintages, adding a big chunk of Temperance Hill Vineyard and even some Le Puits Sec Vineyard. A super fragrant nose of bright red fruit, fresh tobacco, and peppercorns leads into a red licorice-laced cherry and currant. The "largest" of the new releases, with 400 cases total.
"La Grive Bleue"
Pinot noir 09 $23.95
$21.55 in any 12 bottle order
A little tight when first opened, the shell quickly melts into dark cherry and berry notes that take on an irresistible silky-creaminess on day two. A resinous thread propels the finish. La Grive Bleue is made from the younger vines (if you call 17 year-old vines young) in Evesham's estate vineyard, Le Puits Sec, which are certified organic. Highly recommended and very limited - only 200 cases made.
Le Puits Sec
Chardonnay 09 $21.95
$19.75 in any 12 bottle order
Lemon, fresh herbs, pear and braeburn apple with mouthwatering, lemony acidity and a nuttiness that develops through the finish. Only 2 barrels were made in 2009, a whopping 45 cases.
Tempranillo 09 $14.95
$13.45 in any 12 bottle order
Quite likely the last vintage of Tempranillo from Evesham Wood, this goes out with a bang. One of the very few Willamette Valley Tempranillos, the 09 shows off red berries and mint with a spine of dusty tannins. Nothing too serious - just a fun, rustic red. A mere 150 cases made.
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Oregon's 2009 Pinot noirs are a vintage for the here and now. Succulent, ready to drink, they are rich and deeply flavored. Here's a selection of 2009 Pinots from some standout up-and-comers and some of your favorite winemakers.
from today's featured wineries
Lylee Pinot noir 09 $18.95
Lundeen Pinot noir 09 $18.95
Planet Oregon from Soter
Pinot noir 09 $19.95
from some of your favorite winemakers
Laura Volkman Vineyard St. James Pinot noir 09 $24.95
This is the richest and plushest of Laura's last three vintages of St. James. She took advantage of the riper 2009 vintage to make a balanced wine with big, upfront juiciness and smooth tannins. The St. James has her trademark aroma of incense, roses, and spice. It's a bigger style than her usual Pinot -- almost California big -- and with plenty of acid to lift and round out the succulent blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavors. - Jean
Westrey Abbey Ridge Pinot noir 09 $35.95
This Pinot smells and tastes so good it's almost risque! The red fruit perfume has a middle-of-the-summer quality, and an unstoppable allure. Sweet earth, lavender, and a white pepper-spiciness embraces rich raspberry-strawberry-cherry. So suave, so highly recommended. - Marcus
Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot noir 09 $24.95
Amazing value. Let me explain: you take some 1970-planted Maresh Vineyard Pommard and add in more Maresh Pinot, plus fruit from the esteemed Juliard and Winderlea Vineyards and put it in a bottle for under $25. Yep, Jim declassified some of his best fruit because it was a little "bigger" than he likes for the Maresh. Lucky us, since that makes his Dundee Hills packed with flavor, slightly spicy red fruit brimming out of the glass. At 13.8%, I wouldn't exactly call this "big," but I would call it smoking good. - Marcus
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