April Wine Club – Oregon Pinot noir, Washington Reds, New Discoveries

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April Reserve Pinot Noir Club

More Oregon Pinot noir

Johan Three Barrel 08 $60
Unique is an overused word, but I’m using it anyway – there are flavor components of this wine that I haven’t tasted in any other 2008 Oregon Pinot. Fascinatingly complex, it’s almost as if the wine was “aromatized” – the botanicals that are interwoven from nose to finish flipped my lid.

Juicy black cherry and raspberry provide the fruit center, with a sweet-bitter interplay that adds a perfect tension. Expect this to age extraordinarily well, with spot-on balance and alcohol at 12.8%. One of the last 2008 new releases was entirely worth the wait – Johan Three Barrel 08 is one of our top 10 2008 Oregon Pinots.

As you’ve likely guessed, the “Three Barrel” aspect of the name refers to the production level – only 72 cases were made. If you collect Oregon Pinot, you need this wine. Give it the right amount of time and I bet you’ll say the same thing I did…

Laura Volkman St. James 09 $25

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.

April Northwest Big Reds Club

Buty Rediviva of the Stones 08 $50

Violets, blackberry and black raspberry engage with earth and stones in this dynamite red from the ancient Walla Walla riverbed cobblestones. The Cabernet brings a cassis thread that carries the finish. Tons of volume and  ntensity without any undue heaviness.

A blend of 79% Syrah and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, Rediviva of the Stones is made from grapes grown outside the town of Milton-Freewater, on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla AVA. The area’s vineyards are world famous as the source for Cayuse Winery’s highly rated Syrahs.

Phillip Leigh Cabernet Sauvignon 07 $30

This wine offers wonderful fruit aromas of cherry, current and blackberry integrated with alluring vanilla, tobacco, and exotic spice aromas. The bouquet entices the palate with rich red fruit, highlighted with spice, fine-grained tannin, and a lengthy finish. It shows great balance, offering generous fruit, texture and complementary oak flavors of vanilla and chocolate.

The 2007 Cabernet is – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon – 50% from Klipsun Vineyard and 50% from Stillwater Creek Vineyard. Production: 50 cases

April New Discoveries Club

Cameron Willamette Valley Pinot noir 09 $19

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.

At right, John Paul, Cameron owner and winemaker

Gilbert Cellars Left Bank 08 $21

This is one of the top value Bordeaux blends from Washington. 58% Cab, 15% Cab
Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, and 5% Malbec create a red that’s as massive
as it is suave. Heaps of blackberry and black current intertwine with dark chocolate
and crushed herbs. A little bit of black cherry and creamy oak fill out the finish, with
just-right tannins. You can pour this for your friends all day and they’ll think you went
deep into the cellar for a bottle.

Recent Wine Club Wines

BELLE PENTE MURTO VINEYARD 07 34.95
CLUB PRICE $29.71
BELLE PENTE ESTATE RESERVE 07 $44.95
CLUB PRICE $38.21
LUMOS TEMPERANCE HILL 08 $32.95
CLUB PRICE $28.01
TENDRIL 08 $47.95
CLUB PRICE $40.75
BERGSTROM SHEA VINEYARD 09 $47.95
CLUB PRICE $40.75
WHITE ROSE DUNDEE HILLS 08 $41.95
CLUB PRICE $35.66
CAMERON ARLEY’S LEAP PINOT NOIR 08 $39.95
CLUB PRICE $33.95
VOLKMAN ST. JAMES PINOT NOIR 09 $24.95
CLUB PRICE $21.21
VOLKMAN VINEYARDS “JACOB” PINOT NOIR 08 $44.95
CLUB PRICE $38.21
BRITTAN “GESTALT” PINOT NOIR 08 $44.95
CLUB PRICE $38.21
AUBICHON PINOT NOIR 08 $34.95
CLUB PRICE $29.71

GILBERT CELLARS
RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 07 $41.95
CLUB PRICE $35.66
TYRUS EVAN WALLA WALLA SYRAH 08 $37.95
CLUB PRICE $32.26
REYNVAAN “THE UNNAMED’ SYRAH 08 $41.95
CLUB PRICE $35.66
ELEMENTAL SYRAH 06 $19.95
CLUB PRICE $16.96
BUTY REDIVIVA OF THE STONES 08 $49.95
CLUB PRICE $42.46
PHILLIP LEIGH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 07 $29.95
CLUB PRICE $25.46
OWEN ROE RED WILLOW CABERNET SAUVIGNON 08 $69.95
CLUB PRICE $59.46 VERY LIMITED
SOOS CREEK CAB SAUV CHAMPOUX VYD 08 $32.95
CLUB PRICE $28.01
SOOS CREEK CIEL DU CHEVAL VYD RED 08 $29.95
CLUB PRICE $25.46

ELEMENTAL CELLARS SYRAH 06 $19.95
CLUB PRICE $16.96
BRIGADOON LYLEE PINOT NOIR 09 $18.95
CLUB PRICE $16.11
CAMERON DUNDEE HILLS CHARDONNAY 09 $18.95
CLUB PRICE $16.10
LUNDEEN PINOT NOIR 09 $17.95
CLUB PRICE $15.26
LIBRA WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR $19.95
CLUB PRICE $16.96
CAMERON WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR 09 $18.75
CLUB PRICE $15.94
GILBERT CELLARS LEFT BANK RED 08 $20.95
CLUB PRICE $17.81
PLANET OREGON PINOT NOIR 09 $19.95
CLUB PRICE $16.96

April Feature Article

Oregon Wine Country Earthquake
A Wobbling Willamette Valley

What will happen when an earthquake hits Oregon wine country,
the heart of the Willamette Valley? Note the when, not if. Two
active fault zones run right beneath some of the most densely
planted stretches of the Willamette Valley AVA.

Three hundred years ago, Native Americans knew about Oregon’s
shifting personality. Some of the Willamette Valley’s first inhabitants
named the region after a Kalapuya word which translates to “spilled
water.” The last major quake was in 1700, some 140 years before
settlers started Oregon’s first winery. According to geologists, we’re
about due for another large-scale rattler.

Small quakes have shaken Oregon wine bottles in the past, with the 5.6
magnitude Scotts Mills quake in 1993 the most recent. But if what’s
predicted actually arrives, we’ll have an awful lot of glass to sweep up.

continued in the wine club newsletter……

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