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Oregon Wine- Grapes Are Barely There

The 2011 vintage is turning out to be one of the slowest starters ever. Here’s a picture of a grape cluster on June 20th 2011.

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Washington Wine – Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 08

Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 08 $39.83 in any 12 bottle order ($44.25 retail) New release from John Abbott. Being a fan of Abeja Cab means that the bar is set high – each vintage has to be as good, or better than the last. Such is the 2008 Abeja Cab, my favorite since the 2005 vintage. [...]

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Oregon Pinot noir – Witness Tree Vintage Select 08

It’s last call for one of our most popular 2008 vintage Oregon Pinots. Winemaker Steven Westby also made the Elemental Syrah 06 ($17.95) that’s been on our top ten list for several months. Well managed, older vineyards, careful wine making, and very reasonable prices add up to a lot of popular wines. There are some [...]

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Oregon Pinot noir – Double Dogs

Whistling Dog’s two Pinots from the 2007 and 2008 vintages make up their Double Dog Case, on sale today at 15% off. The 2008 is just released and is shipping now. LAST CALL – BEST DEAL DOUBLE DOG MIXED CASE $234 (15% off retail) 6 Whistling Dog 08 at $20.35 6 Whistling Dog 07 at [...]

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Oregon Pinot noir – Two 50 Case Wines, Two New Wineries

Winemakers setting out on their own, making their own winery’s first few cases — they’re so excited, they put every ounce of passion and skill into their couple of barrels. No wines receive more attention than that first vintage. We added two great examples to our website today. Both winemakers work for bigger wineries fulltime, [...]

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

Wine Club members get 15% off the prices listed. For the complete newsletter, go to the Wine Club website. 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 [...]

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Owen Roe Yakima Red Mags

We’ve got Owen Roe Yakima Red magnums. Finally. And they are gorgeous. I’ve got some friends who are SO hard to buy for – now it’s handled. Whew. The bottles are stunning. David’s labels (image below) are hand engraved photogravure prints of the castles and ruins near his ancestral home in Ireland. It’s a hassle [...]

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Two Biggies – Homer and La Source

Two of the real “biggies” of Oregon Pinot noir are here. Shea’s Homer Pinot noir is their very best wine bottled as the “home run” of the lineup.  Evening Land La Source is the third vintage of Pinot noir from a winery whose iconoclastic owner is reinventing the way you think about Oregon wine. Shea’s [...]

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Cameron, Crowley, Evesham Wood

Six new wines today that Marcus found on his road trip to wine country on Monday. Cameron, Crowley, Evesham Wood – a few hundred cases of the highest production wine, down to 45 cases total for the Evesham Le Puit Sec Chard and Tempranillo. Oregon Pinot noirs from Cameron, Crowley, and Evesham Wood.

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Washington Wine – Betz, Sheridan, Rich

We posted the new Betz and Andrew Rich wines online yesterday, along with the new Andrew Rich Cabernet Franc. Bob Betz’s Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille 08 got 96 points from Wine Advocate and it went fast. The Clos de Betz 08 is close to sold out as well. We may have more of [...]

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