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Wine Spectator's Annual Oregon Feature

95 POINT RATING for Oregon's 2004 Vintage

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The annual Oregon wine feature is in this week's Wine Spectator (the one with the "Top 100" on the cover). In it, the overall 2004 vintage received a 95 point rating, with the comment "Clear, pure flavors and excellent balance - Drink or hold".

Collector's Case - 2004 Oregon Pinot noir $395
save $55 from retail
------>Three each of four 2004 Pinots we highly recomend.<------
Many of the 2004 Pinots are gone, but a few real standouts remain. Here are four of the best we know of, from wineries you may not have heard of, but be happy you discovered them before everybody else. This case contains three bottles of four different 2004 Oregon Pinot noirs we highly recommend.

Winters Hill Reserve Pinot noir 04 $50.00
I cannot emphasize enough what a big, well made Pinot this is. New winemaker Delphine Gladhart has projected Winters Hill's wines into the ranks of Oregon's best. Sweet, rich cherry & raspberry fruit with hints of vanilla and toast in nose and flavors. The scent is just remarkable- about as luscious as a nose gets.

Flavors are noticable for their perfect balance- juicy black cherry, red cherry, bing cherry, Rainier cherry, pie cherry - every kind of cherry - combines with lots of complementary vanilla notes and hints of violet and rose petal in the flavors and finish.
A December Avalon Reserve Pinot noir Club selection.

Patton Valley Pinot noir 04 $29.85
Wine Spectator 90 points: "...offers crisp texture and a beautful bead of currant, blueberry, and meaty, spicy flavors."

We say - A most beautiful Pinot noir with a great deal of interesting and pleasing complexity. Scents are of easily acessible red cherry and raspberry fruit, with soft pie spice notes. Flavores are of sweet blackberry and raspberry, big sweet pie spices including cinnamon, cardamon, clove, and allspice. The finish adds hints of green and white peppercorns along with big red fruit, lots of barrel spice, and vanilla. Thanks to the winery for keeping the price so reasonable.

Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot noir 04 $34.95
Wine Spectator 91 points: " Lovely, delicate stuff, with pretty strawberry and spice and a hint of passion fruit as the flavors linger against refined tannins on the lithe frame. The finish lingers beautifully. Drink now through 2012. 525 cases made". –HS

The winery says: "High-toned spicy, earthy, red fruit aromas explode from the glass and expand into round, sweet fruit on the palate. Elegant and focused, this wine promises even more depth and richness with a few years in the cellar."

Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot noir 04 $34.95
Wine Spectator 89 points: "Light and fragrant, appealing for its delicate cherry and strawberry fruit, lingering softly on the deft finish. Drink now through 2011. 426 cases made." –HS

The winery says: "The wines from this section of the vineyard tend to show flavors and aromas on the "red side" of the black fruit spectrum: cranberry, black raspberry, and plum. This 2004 is quite forward and coats the palate with sweet, silky, sappy fruit. It is absolutely delicious now, but also has sufficient balance for ageing 4-6 years. Although this wine began life as the "little brother" of our Estate Reserve, it has begun to take on an identity of it's own. "

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December Avalon Wine Club Shipments

Wine Club subscriptions make great gifts. If you order the Reserve Pinot or Big Reds Club by December 12 and start a one year subscription with this combined Nov/Dec shipment, we'll add a bonus wine gift to the box at no charge.

Reserve Pinot noir Club
$77.28/mo with one year prepay
Shipping is charged separately
Shea Vineyards "Estate" Pinot noir 05 $45
Be the first to try - release date of January 15 for everyone else.
Daedalus "Seven Springs" Pinot noir 04 $35
Concentrated, dense, silky
Et Fille Palmer Creek 05 $32
Rising Star with a bullet!
Winters Hill Reserve 04 $50
Another "Sleeper" - Delphine knows Pinot

BONUS gift for new one year subscribers:
Dusky Goose Pinot noir 04 $50

Our most coveted Pinot

Northwest "Big Reds"™ Club
$77.28/mo with one year prepay
Shipping is charged separately
Owen Roe Dubrul Cabernet Sauvignon 04 $60
Wine Spec 94 pts- prev vintage
O-S BSH 04 $43
Bill Owen's massive red blend
Fielding Merlot 04 $32
Cult fav - takes Merlot to a new level
Gorman "Zachary's Ladder" 04 $30
Rising star you need to know about

BONUSgift for new one year subscribers:
Va Piano Syrah 04 $40
Rising Star Walla Walla winery

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