Washington & Oregon Wine Articles and Wine Reviews
"One of the Ten Best Online Wine Shops" - Food & Wine Magazine

Northwest Wine - Online Magazine

Oregon Wine Collecting Made Easy
With Avalon's
Wine Spectator Highest Rated
2005 Oregon Pinot noir Case


Wine Spectator Highest Rated Oregon Pinot Noir 2005 Covet Case

Wine Spectator Highest Rated 2005 Oregon Pinot noir Case

Wine collecting made easy! Many of Wine Spectator’s highest rated 2005 Oregon Pinots are in this collector’s case. Big names like Beaux Freres, Penner Ash, Shea, Bethel Heights, and rising stars like Et Fille.

You know what’s even better than the scores? We’ve tasted all of these wines and they’re delicious.

Case contains:

3 bottles Penner Ash WV 05 $45/bottle
Wine Spectator 92 points

Supple and open in texture, this offers a gentle mouthful of ripe plum and cherry flavors, picking up a mineral note as the finish lingers engagingly. Drink now through 2015. 1,900 cases made. –HS

2 bottles Et Fille Maresh 05 $42/bottle
Wine Spectator 93 points

Supple and velvety in texture, this bursts with blueberry and currant fruit, with creamy, spicy overtones adding depth to the distinctive finish. Has tremendous presence and style, yet remains refined. Best from 2008 through 2015.—H.S.

1 bottle Shea East Hill 05 $45 a bottle
Wine Spectator 92 points

Dark in flavor, but brightly aromatic, this is welcoming and open in texture. Offers cherry and tar character on a graceful frame that lets the flavors linger nicely, with well-submerged tannins. Drink now through 2015. 223 cases made. –HS

1 bottle Bethel Heights Flat Block 05 $50/bottle
Wine Spectator 91 Points

Supple and graceful. Shows real presence, with creamy cherry and huckleberry flavors, finishing on a creamy note. Lingers artfully against refreshing acidity. Best from 2008 through 2013.—H.S.

1 bottle Bethel Heights Southeast Block 05= $40/bottle
Wine Spectator 90 points

Smooth in texture, with vibrant acidity against wild strawberry and plum flavors. The fruit plays against the toast and fine tannins on the lengthy finish. Best from 2009 through 2015.—H.S.

2 bottles Beaux Freres Estate 05 $75/bottle
Wine Spectator 93 points

Although 2005 was a difficult vintage, Beaux Frères made a beauty out of its own vineyard. Firm at first, it then blossoms into a panorama of flavors, fanning out its raspberry cream flavors, hinting at floral, mineral, green tea and Asian spice notes as the finish picks up steam. Not a big wine, but it has many layers to explore. Best from 2009 through 2015. From Oregon." —H.S.

1 bottle Beaux Freres Upper Terrace 05 $90/bottle
Wine Spectator 92 points

More recent plantings of Dijon clones at the top of the estate vineyard produce this Pinot with a plush feel, despite its open, velvety texture. It offers black cherry, raspberry and subtle spice flavors, finishing with a fleshiness that makes it seductive. More up-front than the Beaux Frères vineyard bottling, but it should hum well for quite a few years. Drink now through 2015. —H.S.

1 bottle Le Cadeau Cote Est 05 $48/bottlel
(not yet rated)
"Cote Est" is made by Josh Bergstrom (Bergstrom Vineyards) for Le Cadeau. The Côte Est cuvee fruit comes from the cooler, more fertile, east side of the vineyard. The nose offers scents of ripe black cherries and a bit of raspberry. On the palate, the ’05 Côte Est follows in the mode of our 2004 release with flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and a bit of mocha and espresso. Bottled in late August 2006, it continues to put on weight, and is starting to drink well after several hours of airtime.

See our large selection of Oregon Pinot noirs



Penner Ash Pinot noir 2005 $40.05/$44.50
Wine Spectator 92 Points

If you missed out on the Penner Ash Willamette Valley 05, now is your last chance to put some in the cellar. The 05 has evolved beautifully since its release—it just keeps getting better!

Lynn Penner Ash has the Midas touch! Great concentration and luscious cherry and blackberry flavors prevail, with complex notes of incense and nicely integrated oak. Always a customer favorite, the wine is youthfully open for near-term drinking but well-balanced for longer-term cellaring. This is a dazzling Oregon Pinot Noir.

Wine Spectator says: "Supple and open in texture, this offers a gentle mouthful of ripe plum and cherry flavors, picking up a mineral note as the finish lingers engagingly. Drink now through 2015. 1,900 cases made." –HS

Penner Ash makes succulent, powerful yet graceful Pinots. Any Pinot lover who has tried Lynn's wines, the Penner Ash Pinots or the brilliant Dusky Goose, can attest.


We're available by phone at 541-752-7418 from
8 AM Pacific time until 6PM Pacific time, Monday through Saturday,
and we answer email on Sundays

Marcus, Amy, Kevin, and Wendy, and Jean

Avalon Wine

Avalon Wine
201 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis OR 97333

Marcus Looze
VP Marketing & Sales

Amy Paul
Customer Service

Kevin Hanscom
Shipping Manager

Wendy Brown
Bookkeeper & Gourmet Sales

Jean Yates
541-424-8004 (direct line)

If you wouldn't mind, to ensure that you continue to receive emails from us, add avalon@northwest-wine.com to your email program's "approved senders" or "whitelist" list today.

Buy the Wines Mentioned in This Article!
See Past & Present Issues of Our Online Magazine

Home   Highest Rated NW Reds   Oregon Pinot Noir   Shop for Wine   Wine Clubs
Search   View Cart   Customer Service   Contact Us   Sign up For Newsletter

Reproduction of any part of this site prohibited without permission.

For questions or assistance contact Customer Service at 541-752-7418 or store@avalonwine.com.

© 1997-2008 Avalon Wine Inc. All Rights Reserved