2-17-09 After 20 years making Pinot noir from celebrated vineyards, and dozens of 90+ ratings, their top price for a bottle is under $50. In 2002, Robert Parker named Mark Vlossak (pictured at right) a "Wine Advocate Hero" and said his Pinots: "were the finest Pinots I tasted ... yet were some of the cheapest wines in my report.
2-13-09 During Maggie Harrison's decade long position as assistant winemaker at Sine Qua Non, she helped make legendary, 100 point wines. We are lucky to have Maggie making Pinot noir in Oregon..
2-10-09 We're standing by last year's provocative statement: we'd rather drink the Andrew Will Sorella than the 100 point Quilceda Creek Cab. Besides the obvious $50 saved for each bottle, the Sorella is powerful and refined. The two wines share the same fruit pedigree - Washington's Champoux Vineyard. This is the pinnacle of Washington wine.
2-5-09 Winelovers in Oregon have one of the best selections of small, artisan made Italian wines in the country, at bargain prices. Some highly regarded small Italian wineries, whose production might be too small for the big importers, are directly imported by committed, dynamic individuals of the Oregon wine industry.
1-22-09 Winelovers in Oregon have one of the best selections of small, artisan made Italian wines in the country, at bargain prices. Some highly regarded small Italian wineries, whose production might be too small for the big importers, are directly imported by committed, dynamic individuals of the Oregon wine industry.
1-30-09 Winelovers in Oregon have one of the best selections of small, artisan made Italian wines in the country, at bargain prices. Some highly regarded small Italian wineries, whose production might be too small for the big importers, are directly imported by committed, dynamic individuals of the Oregon wine industry.
1-21-09 The Wall Street Journal lauded Washington Syrah:
"As a group, these are the most exciting red wines being made in America today.....we were, quite simply, blown away. When these wines got it right, they were intense experiences, with purple-black color; massive, tightly wound fruit; hints of all kinds of herbs; great acidity; a dark core of fruit that, more than once, made us think of crushed coal; and a genuine sense of excitement."
1-28-09 Wine Spectator rates Washington's 2006 vintage as an "A-" and says: "Even jaded winemakers had little to complain about when it comes to assessing the 2006 vintage in Washington. The weather was nearly ideal."
Wine Spectator's latest issue gives 93 point scores to a handful of worthy Washington reds.Gorman, Buty, Cadence. Fielding Hills
1-25-09 Antica Terra Pinot noir 2003 was a sensational hit. Picked by the Wall Street Journal's Dow Jones Oregon Pinot Noir Index as the best of 50 Oregon Pinots tasted, it flew out our door faster than any Pinot we've seen in five years.
1-19-09 Out with the old, in with the new...Sineann's new BIG reds include two wines from the wonderful Champoux Vineyard: Champoux Merlot 07 and Baby Poux Cabernet Sauvignon 06.
1-11-09 Burgundy fans take note! Some of the best early-release 2007 Oregon Pinots are here, delivering elegance and balance, ripe and juicy fruit. If you like to pair Pinot with food, you'll love these wines.
1-9-09 2008 was a great year for devotees of Northwest wine. it's easy to recollect memorable Oregon and Washington wines worthy of serious wine collections..
12-20-08 Intriguing and sophisticated, Et Fille's 2007 Pinots deliver sweet fruit, enhanced by an array of layered complexity.
12-9-08 2008 was a great year for devotees of Northwest wine. it's easy to recollect memorable Oregon and Washington wines worthy of serious wine collections.
The outstanding Indie wines of 2008 are also easy to remember. A few startup garagistes and under the radar indies made wines so good they qualify as memorable.
11-25-08 Fall Line Winery offers the best value-priced line-up of Washington reds on the market. Owner and winemaker Tim Sorenson cut his teeth in the cellars of Cadence winery, where he learned to craft Bordeaux blends from some of Washington's best vineyards. Who isn't looking for lush, structured, and refined reds for $30?
11-15-08 Every year, we tuck a bit of the hardest to get wines away in the cellar for the holidays. Then Marcus and Jean create a limited number of cases of incredible, cream of the crop collectibles. Here are the finest of Oregon's Pinot noirs in a gift case for serious wine collectors.
11-15-08 St. Innocent's 2006 Pinot noirs (93-94 points) are big winners in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2006 Oregon Pinot noir article. The St. Innocent Shea, Momtazi, and Anden (94, 93, 92 pts), Black Cap (93 pts), Carter (93 pts), Eyrie Estate (92), Soter Beacon Hill (92 pts), and Matello Souris (92 pts) are our picks for the best of the report.
10-10-08 The 2006 ROCO wines are intense Pinot noirs with notes of blackberry, huckleberry and spice that show plenty of promise for cellaring through 2015. For the second year in a row, Private Stash received 94 points from Wine Spectator and Willamette Valley received 92 points!
11-15-08 Three of Owen Roe's highest rated wines, the Owen Roe Dubrul Cabernet Sauvignon 06, the Yakima Red 06, and the Lady Rosa Syrah 07, are now available. Also released is the great value Sharecropper's Cabernet Sauvignon 07. Sharecropper's is a value label from Owen Roe - some of the Northwest's best quality and value are made under the "Sharecropper" label.
11-15-08 Wine Spectator 93 for Cab, 92 for Cab Franc - "The wines are supple, silky, polished and rich in flavor". "...luscious, plush reds." - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
10-2-08 Marcus recommends three recent releases: Evesham Wood le Puit Sec Pinot noir 06, Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot noir 07, and J. K. Carriere Willamette Valley Pinot noir 06
9-15-08 Four of Owen Roe's fastest-to-sell-out wines
are about to be released. All are made in very small amounts this year.
9-15-08 Here are single vineyard Shea wines from St Innocent, Stevenson barrie,and Boedecker.
8-25-08 Todd Hamina makes wines with "fine structure, lovely perfumed aromas, and viscous density -- coupled with staying power".
9-10-08 Andrew Rich Coup d; Etat 06, Trust Cellars Syrah 06, Quercus Hyperion Syrah 06: if you like the exhuberant, broadly flavored style of Northern Rhone, you'll love these wines.
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