Et Fille 2005 Pinot noirs
Et Fille- it's all about Howard
and Jessica, who have a knack for Pinot noir.
distinct style -- lavish,
perfumed, complex, juicy sweet fruit and berry
flavors, long finish with hints of exotic
spice, incense, vanilla, and smoke and
lots of uplifting acidity and seamless,
A steal of a Pinot -- for
the first time, Howard and Jessica have produced
a "Willamette Valley" Pinot
a blend of the barrels of their single vineyard
wines that didn't quite fit the flavor profile.
This is a blend of juice from Maresh, Elton,
Kalita, and Palmer Creek Vineyards - fine vineyards,
if not quite as well known nationally as some.
price is amazing- $22 a bottle for a wine we'd
compare to MANY $30+ Oregon Pinots.
-- luxuriant single vineyard Pinots from Kalita
and Palmer Creek vineyards. Lingering in the
mouth and in my memory, memorable Pinot noirs.
Very reasonably priced, layered and complex,
luscious and mouthwatering. Less than 100 cases
of each made.
A Winery You Want
to Know --
Avalon has a track record for finding
the next generation of highly rated, hard to
get Oregon Pinots, and bringing them to you,
our customers. Well, here's a future
we ever tasted one. And you know the rest
of the story -- less than 100 cases of
each made, we have a nice allocation but
the wines will go fast, grab now or they'll
be gone, etc, etc.
Fille "Willamette Valley"
Pinot noir 05 $21.95/$19.75
A Steal of a deal
black cherry and lush red raspberry flavors and
scents predominate, with big toasty vanilla in
the nose, It's a crowd pleasing lush, dense,
viscous slurper, wonderfully balanced. There's
a hint of red licorice and vanilla toast on the
finish. "Juicy" is
the descriptor that keeps coming to mind. A personal
favorite, and I highly recommend it. -jean
Fille Palmer Creek Pinot noir 05 $31.95/$28.75
Dark in color, with a perfumed nose
of sandalwood, raspberry, anise, black cherry,
and raspberry. The texture is viscous in the
mouth, with a satiny mouth feel. Blackbery,
black cherry, multiple cherry variety flavors,
and cassis prevail, with undercurrents
of licorice and spice. The finish is expansive,
and filled with layers of fruit. There's pie
cherry, Mt Rainier cherry, Bing cherry, and
a hint of bittersweet chocolate, lingering
pleasantly in the mouth. -jean
Fille Kalita Vineyards Pinot noir 05 $31.95/$28.75
Delicately nuanced scents of perfumed
cherry, violets, cola, and raspberry in the
nose. Flavors are just huge- juicy black cherry,
plum, blackberry, and black currant, with hints
of white pepper and spice in the long finish.
The finish shows how beautifully integrated
this wine is, even young. There's a subtle
streak of acidity that calls for successful
cellaring, and says this wine will pair superbly
with fine foods.
Howard says this wine is different
in its flavors from his other wines, with darker
fruit flavors, softer acids, a bit of cola
in the nose and flavor, and a slightly less
perfumed quality. He attributes a lot of the
differences to the soils in the vineyard. Last
year the wine was a bruiser. This vintage,
it's a bit less massive, allowing the distinctive
flavors of Kalita to show through clearly.
About the Et Fille Wines
Howard thinks I gush too much
about his wines -- maybe so. I was impressed
the first time I tasted the wines, and continue
to find a distinct style, a completeness, an
unputdownableness (yes it's a word) usually
found in wines from winemakers with many more
years of experience and who own their own vineyards.
Howard started making wine
as an amateur, using the Sineann facility
of friend Peter Rosback. Peter
encouraged Howard to move from amateur to professional.
Maybe coming to winemaking
later (Howard is "mature", like me
(I'm 53)) gave Howard a wider worldview, a
greater experience of wines from around the
world. Maybe he just has a knack. Maybe his
years as a successful businessman gave him
the ability to manage a project and pull off
a task as complex as creating a wine from beginning
to end with extraordinary success.
Whatever the reason for the
excellence of the Et Fille wines, give them
a try! At these prices, you'll be grabbing
some of the nicest Pinots in Oregon at prices
a good $20+ below the norm.
Cases are Here
an unforgettable wine gift? Wines
that gift recipients go nuts over receiving.
We've created a small number of cases of
Oregon and Washington wines that we squirreled
away in the cellar for special customers
and occasions. Cayuse, Woodward, Shea, Bergstrom,
Betz, Francis Tannahill, Beaux Freres, Owen
Roe, Spring Valley -
just some of the wineries included..
out the Covet Cases. Watch
the Gift Wines page for more Covet cases as
we continue to search the cellar for gems.
Wine gifts, $99 and Up -- are
made when the wines are hard to get, rising
stars or limited editions. We're offering
a few pre-made wine gifts featuring out of
the ordinary Northwest quaffers. We'll be
advertising them in a week or so, but you
get first dibs. Check out the "Tour of Oregon"
for a nice under $100 wine gift. Or the Owen
Roe case, for a really special gift for the
big reds lover.
your own wine gifts? Sure- give
us a call and we'll put together some special
selections, from one bottle to cases of "the
December Avalon Wine
Club subscriptions make great gifts. If you
order the Reserve Pinot or Big Reds Club
7 and start a one year subscription
with this combined Nov/Dec shipment, we'll
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.
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
for new one year
Goose Pinot noir
Our most coveted Pinot
Northwest "Big Reds"™ Club
$77.28/mo with one year
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
- takes Merlot to a new level
Gorman "Zachary's Ladder" 04 $30
Rising star you need to know about
BONUS for new one year subscribers:
Va Piano Syrah 04 $40
Rising Star Walla Walla winery