Van Duzer Winery - May Flowers
· K Vintners'
two new OR Wines
· Lots of
new, highly rated wines
"Orphan" Archery Arcus
Made by Gary Andrus for Phantom Hill
before Gary Andrus (founder and former winemaker at Archery
sold Archery and "retired" to New Zealand, he made
a Pinot noir at Archery Summit for his friend Anthony Maratea's Phantom
Hill label. It's 50% Archery Summit Arcus
Vineyard and 50% A&G Vineyard fruit. (A&G is co-owned by Anthony
Maratea and Gary Andrus.) Gary left the country,
Anthony lost his source of wine, and Phantom Hill came to an
abrupt end. Gary's 01 Pinot, made for Anthony, got lost in
the shuffle, cellared in obscurity until now.
That "orphan" wine
is the Phantom
Hill Pinot noir 01 $17.95/$16.16, originally
priced at $35-$40 suggested retail. It has
been impeccably cellared at Archery Summit and at Anthony's
commercial cellar. It is everything you expect from a Gary
Andrus/Archery Summit wine, shot silk texture in the mouth,
huge flavors of ripe cherry, blackberry, and spice. The Arcus
fruit shows in the dense core of currant, plum, and blue
fruit flavors, and four years of cellaring has softened and
the wine just enough that it is drinking exquisitely right
now. Cellar for 3-4 more years for continued good drinking.
THIS IS A STEAL OF A DEAL. Unless Gary "retires" again,
we'll never see his wine at this price!
Summit's New Wine Spectator Ratings
of Archery, the Archery Summit Pinot Noir Arcus Estate
02 $75/$67.50 just received 92
points from Wine Spectator, who said: "Dark
and focused, with a brightly glowing core of currant, plum,
and blueberry flavors, wrapped in firm tannins that just need
time to let it all show. Best from 2008-2012." H.S.
Summit Red Hills Estate $75/$67.50 just received 91
points from Wine Spectator, who said: "Firm,
with refined, cinnamon-scented berry and floral flavors that
weave elegantly through the
fine grained tannins on the finish. Best 2006-2012." H.S.
And of course,
the mind-blowing Archery Summit Estate 01 or 02 $150/$135 is
available from Avalon.
Dancer's Wine Spectator Ratings
Gary's winery, Gypsy
Dancer, has released some killer good wines as well.
Dancer Gary & Christine's Vyd Pinot
noir 03 $39.95/$35.96 received 91
points from Wine Spectator this month and
they said: "Broad and generous, a supple mouthful of
ripe cehrry, boysenberry, exotic spice and sweet oak flavors
that persist into a long, vivid finish. Has intensity and
length. Drink now through 2013." H.S.
newest release from the A&G Vineyard, the Gypsy
Dancer Pinot noir A&G Vineyard 03 $59.75/$53.77 received 90
points from Wine Spectator, who said: "dense
and chewy, with a fresh sage note running through the ripe
cherry and black olive flavors, finishing with a smoky edge.
Best from 2006 through 2012." H.S.
Gary, Gigi, and Christine
Vintners' Limited D'Vine Cuvee
Only 48 cases made
of this Gem of a Syrah
D'Vine Wine Distribution is a different sort of wine distributor.
He's pioneered some very 21st century computer solutions in
his warehouse, and now he's started commisioning limited release
wines from some of the Northwest's most sought after wineries.
You know K
Vintners- the tiny Walla Walla winery with the big
attitude, the one with the massively huge Syrah blends, the
one that works hand-in-glove with Christophe Baron of Cayuse,
sharing winmaking and fruit with Cayuse's facilities and
vineyards. Charles Smith is the wild man behind K Vintners,
and we've enjoyed offering his wines to our customers over
the last few years.
Now we have
a unique opportunity to offer our customers this very limited K
Vintners D'Vine Syrah 03 $48/$43.20. Its fruit is
from Cayuse and K Vintners' Morrison Vineyard, Cougar Hills
Vineyard, Walls Vineyard, Cayuse Vineyard, and Seven Springs
Vineyard. The blend is mostly Syrah, with Grenache and Mourvedre
added from the Cayuse Vineyard. Charles and Kevin are both
quite pleased with the wine. It's so big a spoon would almost
stand up in it, and the Grenache and Mourvedre are present
at just enough levels to add intriguing flavors that keep me
asking- is THAT the Grenache? OR is it that red
cherry note? There's also an array of flavors of big plush
and meaty fruit, fresh turned earth, and hints of desert herbs.
All in all, a memorable K Vintners wine.
Isenhower "River Beauty" Syrah 03
like to mention that the Isenhower Cellars Syrah River
Beauty 03 $33/$29.70 has just been released. This
is Isenhower's Reserve level Syrah. Brett says that this is
his favorite Syrah of the vintage, and it's big, rich, and
has tremendous power balanced by acidity and rich black fruit
flavors. It oozes blackberry & blueberry fruit flavors,
and there's an attractive streak of white pepper through the
flavors, along with hints of dried cherries and plums. Coincidentally,
it's made from fruit sourced from two of Cayuse and K Vintners'
favorite vineyards, Milbrandt Vineyard and "End of the
makes a lot of wines, but the one we seem to anticipate more
than any other is the L'Ecole #41 Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla $36.95/$33.26, made in much smaller amounts
than their more easily available (and also quite good) Columbia
Valley Cab. Their Walla Walla Cab has a dense, dark, old world
structure, with cassis, black cherry, cocoa, toasted espresso
bean, and savory herbal notes on a balanced, toasty finish.
The 2002 vintage is glorious. And we have the hard to get Magnums
$89.95 available also!
mention that it's last chance for the Owen Roe Cabernet
Sauvignon Walla Walla 03 $40/$36. It's from Block
17 of the Seven Hills Vineyard, the best block of the vineyard,
and it's the first new vineyard source that David O'Reilly
has worked with in awhile. It's a saturated, opaque wine with
sweet cherry, candied blackberries, and herbal notes in the
nose, and flavors of blueberry, black cherry, cassis, spice,
and toast with hints of cocoa and toasted coffee bean in the
long finish. The finish is long and harmonious, beautifully
balanced and concentrated. The package, as is usual with Owen
Roe, is gorgeous.
New Oregon Pinot noir Offerings
Ridge Pinot noir Reserve 03 $29.70/$33 just
received 93 points from Wine
Spectator, who said: "Supple, smoky
and seductive, its plush texture brimming with intense blackberry, cherry,
currant and spice flavor that lasts and lasts on the long, lithe finish. Tannins
are beautifully integrated. Best from 2007 through 2015." H.S. It's sold
out at the winery but we still have some.
2003 Reserve Pinot noir is a blend of wine grapes from across
Yamhill County. Vineyards and clones
included are Meredith
Mitchell (MMV) and Stony Mountain
(Stony) Pommard clones, a touch of Wadenswil clone from Shea
Vineyard, and a Coeur De Terre
(CdT) field blend. Soil types in these vineyards include Willakenzie
and Yamhill. Fruit from each vineyard was harvested at an average of 24 Brix,
an average pH of 3.25.
From the winery: "This
wine achieves the balanced spectrum of color, aroma, taste, structure,
mouthfeel, and texture that the winemakers were after. Dark garnet red,
this wine's nose is nicely tempered by subtle aromatics of cedar
toast, a classic signature of our Ermitage cooperage. Floral and fruit
are equally present, with hints of rose petal and pomegranate."
is a full, round and silky wine with fine grained tannins. The flavors
fall firmly into the red fruit camp, thanks to the addition of Shea Vineyard
this year. An extra measure of fleshiness from Stony Mountain Vineyard
rounds out the blend. Pomegranate, strawberry, and concentrated raspberry
flavors pair perfectly with cedar planked Steelhead and a raspberry Pinot
noir reduction. The Reserve is very approachable now, soft in the mouth,
with reasonable acidity to support the fruit and extend the finish."
Argyle Winemaker Rolin Soles ---------
Pinot noir "Nuthouse" 02 $30.56/$33.95 received 93
points from Wine Spectator, who said: "Bright,
graceful, and remarkable for its pure blueberry, plum, and
white pepper flavors riding
exhuberantly over a laye of fine tannins. Lingers enticingly on the firm finish.
Drink now through 2012." HS. Quantities are limited but we do have some
left. It has a screwcap seal.
the winery: "How deep is the ocean? How long does the ‘E’ note
of a string double bass vibrate through one’s soul? These
are just some of the thoughts one will contemplate while experiencing
this 2002 Nuthouse Pinot Noir! Aromas of dark, wild berries and
spices of licorice and cedar are locked deep into the earthy
mineral core of this wine. Only time and patience will unleash
the concentration of this wine. The mouth feel of this wine is
massive and ‘super-juicy’ centered. Layer upon layer
of silky comforter-like texture cushion the firm-gripping tannins.
This wine is so viscous that the finish seems to sail on and
on in one’s taste bud memory."
Racy Acidity, Enticing Aromas, Lush Fruit
you'd like a crisp, snappy white wine for summer at a great
price, the Alpine Vineyards Chardonnay 04 $10.80/$12 has
that combination of racy acidity, explosive aroma, and big
fruity flavors that is so refreshing in the summer. The wine
is made from 28 year old vines cropped at less than 2 tons
an acre, from a winery that makes very little wine for public
purchase. The wine was made entirely in stainless steel, and
compares favorably to similar Chards at $20+.
Releases Two Oregon Wines at Great Prices
Tony and James at IPNC-----------------------
Soter, famed winemaker of Etude Wines, owns a small winery,
Vineyards, in the North Willamette Valley of Oregon. We have
been pleased to offer you his Pinot noir and Sparkling Rosé,
and now we offer you two great new and well-priced wines from
Soter Pinot Noir "North Valley" Yamhill-Carlton
The "North Valley" Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir is
made primarily from Soter's young vines, and sees less new
oak than the flagship wines. It is made
in a more accessible format that will give pleasure early and over the medium
term. The 2003 features notes of orange blossoms, cranberries, blackberries,
sweet cream, cocoa, noble minerals, and has a very smooth and supple mouthfeel.
Long and lush, the wine leaves big, thick tears in the glass and its soft entry
invites sip after sip.
Soter Rosé of Pinot Noir "Firefly" Yamhill-Carlton
As we like to say, this is rosé by design and not default; theis wine
was pressed specifically with the intention of making a lovely pink wine. Full
of fresh floral and bright red fruit aromas, this rosé of Pinot Noir
is weighty and juicy, perfect for a summer afternoon garden party. Enjoy it
with Provençal fare, such as game hens grilled with herbes de Provence
and brushed with olive oil and fresh garlic.
of these wines are simply outstanding, perfect wines for
winelover to stock up on for summer meals. They are full of
flavor, quite California in style, very easy for anyone to
love. The rosé in particular will make converts and
impress guests who are lucky enough to enjoy this winner.
New on the
Wine Page with lots of new wines
Ranch Riesling Ice Wine 00 375 ml $56.95/$51.26
Really incredible Pinot noir Ice Wine.
- Washington Winery, good value reds.
- Walla Walla reds
reductions on Kiona - Cab is back to where it should be
reductions, Terra Blanca wines
Don't miss the Malbec and Viognier- great wines for the price
About Jean Yates
Jean Yates is owner of Avalon Wine,
and has worked to promote Oregon and Washington wine for over
19 years through her wine shop, web site, and articles.
Jean previously worked in the
computer industry and does most of the work on the Avalon website.
She is a passionate photographer and many of the images on this
site are hers