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Food & Wine
Magazine, June 2007
Hard to Find Oregon Pinots
Roads End, Daedalus, Belle Pente, Thomas
Also - Whistling Dog's first Pup - New Indie You Want to Know
Who has time to sort through all the new releases and new wineries from Oregon and pick the winners? We do! Here’s an update on new Oregon Pinot noirs:
Roads End Pinot noir 2006 $44.95
Ken Wright's Really BIG Pinot
Big beautiful fruit on the nose with wiffs of aromatic rosemary. The wine opens up on the palette with intense red raspberry and candied red currant. Sweet baking spices and a slight hint of white pepper throughout. Luscious sweet violets persist on the long and lingering finish. Mid-weight in the mouth with well integrated tannins.
This is an elegant wine which will pair nicely with hazelnut, rosemary and mint crusted lamb chops on Persian-spiced couscous.
Made by Ken Wright for Carlton Cellars. This is Ken's only blended Pinot, the remainder of his wines are all single vineyard selections. The 2006 Roads End features the debut of Carlton Cellars estate fruit from Russell-Grooters vineyard along with the historical blend of McCrone and Canary Hill vineyards fruit.
Whistling Dog Cellars
Anden Vineyard Pinot noir 2005 $28.95
A brilliant new find! Bright aromas of red berries, black cherries, thyme, and earth lead into a juicy, seamlessly layered core of raspberry with darker black currant background notes, all laced with a sweet cinnamon spice. Still a puppy, the vibrant acidity calls for a meal but the juiciness will bring you back for another glass.
Tom and Celeste Symonette make Whistling Dog wines at St. Innocent (Tom is the assistant winemaker at St. Innocent) using coveted Anden Vineyard fruit. With Anden fruit disappearing, their estate vineyard, Nuestro Sueno, will make up a bigger component of the future Whistling Dog portfolio.
Labyrinth Pinot noir 2005 $44.95
An Avalon favorite for several vintages, the 05 Labyrinth opens with concentrated, sweet black cherry and berry aromas mingling with hints of Earl Grey tea, smoke, and dried herbs. A lush attack follows, revealing bright, fleshy red fruits on a creamy palate and a delicate, silky, finish with accents of nutmeg, milk chocolate, and mint.
Also available…in limited quantities:
Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot noir 2005 $34.95
Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot noir 2005 $34.95
Thomas Pinot noir 2005 $51.95
e-mail or call to place your request for these three wines
as they are highly allocated!
Rare and Collectible Oregon Pinot Case
1- 1999 Beaux Freres Pinot noir (WS 94)
1- 2003 Dusky Goose Pinot noir
1- 2004 Dusky Goose Pinot noir
1- 2005 Dusky Goose Pinot noir
1- 2004 Shea Estate Pinot noir (WS 95, #15 in Top 100)
1-2005 St Innocent Justice Vineyard (Parker 92)
1- 2006 Ken Wright Carter Vineyard Pinot noir
1- 2005 Shea Pommard Pinot noir (Parker 92)
1- 2005 Et Fille Maresh VIneyard Pinot noir (WS 93)
1- 2005 Thomas Pinot noir
1- 2005 Evesham Wood Cuvee "J"
1- 2005 Le Cadeau Rocheaux (Parker 93)
Quantities Extremely Limited
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