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Parker's New Oregon Ratings:
What's Hot

"What's Hot"? Well it's 90+ degrees here in my office
on a Sunday afternoon of the holiday weekend.

Besides that, Parker's hot annual Wine Advocate Oregon issue is out,
with the commentary and reviews written, as usual, by Pierre Rovani.

There are three 94 points wines this time, more than ever before, and lots of 90-93 pointers. All in all, Rovani's assessment of Oregon is: "progress is steady".

The three 94 point wines were:

Hamacher Pinot noir 03 (will not be released for a year),
Bryce Vineyard Pinot noir 03 ( sold out), and
St Innocent Pinot noir White Rose 03

(sold out, Avalon's Reserve Pinot noir Wine Club members
received it in their June 2005 shipment).

We have a supply of the St Innocent White Rose 04, (featured in our last email) which we think is better than the 2003. The time to order is now, if you wait until it is reviewed next year, it will be long gone.

The six 93 point wines were:

Bethel Heights Pinot noir Casteel 03
(featured in our last email),
Francis Tannahill Syrah 02 (sold out),
St Innocent Pinot noir Anden 03 (sold out),
St Innocent Pinot noir Shea 03
(sold out, we have the St Innocent Shea 04 available),
Soter Pinot noir Beacon Hill 03
(sold out, sent to the Avalon RPN Club in September 2005), Ken Wright Nysa 04 (sold out).

Of the 90-92 point wines, we recommend the following that are still available:
(click links to read Parker reviews)

Adea Pinot noir Hawk's View 03 $31.46/34.95
Wine Advocate 90 points.

Bethel Heights Pinot noir Seven Springs 04 $35.87/$39.85
Wine Advocate 91 points

Bethel Heights Pinot noir Casteel Reserve 03 $35.77/$39.75
Wine Advocate 93 points.

Argyle Spirithouse 03 $54/$60
Wine Advocate 89+ points.
Wine Spectator rating 92 points.

Elk Cove Pinot noir Mt Richmond 04 375 ml $16.88/$18.75
Wine Advocate 91 points

Hamacher Pinot noir 2002 $40.46/$44.95
Wine Advocate 90+ points. The 2003 will not be released for a year.

Andrew Rich Roussanne 04 $16.16/$17.95
Wine Advocate 89 points.

Avalon Wine

We recommend these newer vintages
of top rated wines in the Oregon Issue of Wine Advocate:

St Innocent Pinot noir White Rose 04 $35.96/$39.95

The 2003 St Innocent White Rose received 94 points from Wine Advocate.
From the winery: "St Innocent's most hedonistic wine. It is the only wine that I do not focus on the details of aroma or flavor. Instead, I enjoy the pleasure, it is drop dead gorgeous. Aromas of perfectly ripe fruit and hints of sweet smoky oak, it fills your mouth with dark fruits and red flowers. Lush with ripe tannin, it is still quite young and should fill out even more through the end of 2006."

Brick House Les Dijonnais 04 $41.36/$45.95
The 2003 vintage received 91 points from Wine Advocate.
The 2004 Les Dijonnais, in nose and mouth, shows floral, mineral, fruit, and smoke elements. Sweet red cherry and dried roses intermingle with deep cherry, berry, and plum flavors, and there's a hint of fresh turned earth after a spring rain. Elegant rather than blockbuster, this is typically sophisticated and complex Brick House -- classically Burgundian, with an Oregon twist.

Francis Tannahill "The Hermit" 04 $40.46/$44.95
The 2003 Francis Tannahill Hermit received 90+ points from Wine Advocate.

Tasting Notes from the winery – The wine possesses a beautiful dark garnet burgundy color from the almost opaque center to the rim. Excellently focused aromas of violets and smoke immediately emerge from the glass. Complex spice, sweet raspberries, bing cherries, blackberries, game, minerals (wet stones) and earth notes come out with aeration. Very ripe and perfumed, the aromatics lead to a rich and succulent palate.

Bethel Heights Pinot noir Southeast Block 04 $32.40/$36.00
2003 Bethel Heights Southeast Block received 91 points from Wine Advocate.
2004 is a new release, June, 2006. From the winery: "Lush, layered and finely textured, the 2004 Southeast Block greets you with a feast of ripe raspberry, Bing cherry, plum and oak spice. The palate is full and rich, balanced with ample acidity and tannin to provide outstanding length and breadth."

J Daan Wine Cellars Pinot noir 04 $17.95/$19.95
2003 J Daan Pinot noir received 90 points from Wine Advocate!
J Daan is the winery of Justin Van Zanten, assistant winemaker to Andrew Rich since 2001. With a sweet and appealing nose of perfumed raspberry and violets, entwined with sweet toasty vanilla oak, this is a really nice everyday wine. Flavors of black raspberry, red raspberry, red cherry, and a hint of nutmeg make for a juicy, yummy, easy drinking Pinot. The finish is simple but well made, and it's so easy to drink and enjoy.

Stevenson Barrie Pinot noir Shea Vineyard 03 $24.98/$27.75
The 2002 received 90 points from Wine Advocate.
Last week, we sent out an email about the 2002, and you ordered quite a bit. Now the winery is on to the 2003, which we think is as good or better.

To order the Wine Advocate, call 410-329-6477 and they'll get your subscription right out.

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