Elemental Cellars Farrar Vineyard 2012 $29.95
There's a ton going on here. Opening with buoyant blue and black fruit and black pepper accents, it expands towards both the red and black fruit spectrums, dishing out bing cherry, elderflower and dark chocolate notes. Makes you want to eat grilled duck. Now. Only 96 cases made.
Haden Fig Willamette Valley 2012 $20.95
The new Haden Fig 2012 is fantastic. It's simultaneously forward and elegant, with a burst of black cherry highlighted by floral and spice accents. One of our regular customers described it as "possibly the best value Pinot I've ever had." Um, yeah -- what he said!
Westrey Oracle Vineyard 2010 $29.95
A new dimension of complexity and awesomeness for Oracle. Surprisingly open and forward, this is pure silky, sappy, vinous delight. Christmas spice and crushed red fruits latched onto my olfactory and wouldn't let go. It starts very red, billowing sweet and bright raspberry and cherry, developing a dark, palate-staining layer. Presence, persistence, intensity.