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Quercus Wines 2004 Releases
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One of the Best Values in Oregon Wine


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Michael Beckley
Makes Wine and Music
for the Senses
By Alison Ruch

Michael Beckley's Quercus Winery has become a favorite "Indie" winery among Avalon's staff and custoners. His Pinot noirs, Chardonnay, and Syrah are reasonably priced and qualify as
"Best Buys" among Oregon wines. Overall, we rank Quercus as one of Oregon's best value wineries.

Behind Beckley’s basic goals like making great wine and keeping prices low is some serious dedication to the integrity of the winemaking craft. When he founded Quercus Winery (aptly named for the oak genus used to make wine barrels), he determined that he would run it as closely as he could to how a small Burgundian producer operates.

He explains: “I try to emulate the hands-off technique from Burgundy, gently herding the wine to its final destination.” But Beckley has no delusions that Oregon is Burgundy. He emulates the style while, “realizing it’s still Oregon,” with its own unique grape-growing atmosphere.

When all is said and done, Beckley hopes that his wines reflect his appreciation for the fruit that goes into them. He carefully selects the vineyards he buys from (which now includes Archer, Bayliss, Coelho, Hidden Rocks, High Valley, Momtazi, and Temperance Hill), based on quality fruit and management. His careful attention to detail and winemaking skills combine with reasonable prices to make Quercus a winery to watch.

New 2005 Vintage WInes,
and End of the 2004 Vintage

Quercus Wines
Harmonia Pinot noir 05 $19.25/$21.75

Hands down, one of the best values in Oregon wine.

Strikingly expressive aromas of berry fruit, roses and sandalwood. The 2005 Harmonia has a juicy, lush mouthfeel with red berry and pie cherry that gives way to hints of milk chocolate and creamy berry. The finish is spicy and remarkably long for a wine of this price. -ml

"Great acidity—almost closer to a Burgundy— with delicate flavors from the fruit that came in after the rains.” -Michael Beckley

Quercus Wines
Cadmus Pinot noir Reserve 04

Michael Beckley's reserve Pinot noir, the 2004 Cadmus Pinot noir shows blackberry and cherry fruit in the scent and flavor and those dominant fruit flavors are accompanied by hints of fresh earth, red cherries, and red raspberries.

The higher altitude of the Momtazi Vineyard fruit used in this wine lent a more structured, red cherry and blackberry theme to this wine, complemented by the more black cherry driven flavors of the Bayliss Vineyard fruit. The medium to heavy toast on the 25% new oak barrels assisted the natural grape tannins in creating a toasty, structured wine.

Quercus Wines
Theia Chardonnay 04/05 $19.75/$21.75


The new Theia Chardonnays are remarkably crafted, great value wines.

In making his Chardonnays, Beckley uses 100% Temperance Hill Vineyard Dijon Clone 76 fruit, which he chose specifically to make the kind of Chardonnay that appeals to him: bright, fruit-focused, with just a hint of spice.-ml

Hyperion Syrah 04

We're at the end of this vintage, but it's worth trying to grab some of this big, juicy Syrah that benefits from the extra year of aging.

Another winner from garagiste Michael Beckley- juicy, lush flavors, classic black cherry, roasted meat, toasted coffee bean, and black currant flavors with a nice streak of acidity to keep the wine fresh tasting, with a pleasant finish. Good value.

Rock Creek Pinot noir 05 $23.36/$25.95

Rock Creek is a second label for Michael Beckley, known for his Quercus Wines.

Rock Creek 2005 Pinot noir is an ageable wine whose balance, complexity, and rich flavors offer all the hallmarks of a cellar selection. Combined with a really reasonable price, we predict that the Rock Creek will greatly reward the patient Pinot collector.

Tasted upon release in September 2006, the wine is tight, with a silky texture, lively acidity, and fine grained but aggresive tannins. Flavors include black raspberry, blackberry, and other black fruits, and big white pepper and dried wild thyme notes in the long finish. Extremely limited, Michael made this one for the serious Pinot collector.


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