Noir With Character, Flavor Leaving Money in the Wallet”
It is soooo hard to find inexpensive Pinot Noir with enough gumption,
taste and balance for under $20.
But world class Oregon Pinot Noir producers with good fruit left over
after producing the lofty, expensive pinots, are turning up with second
labels, carrying terrific wine. These are bodacious beauties with complexity,
fruit and a satisfying finish that compliments food or is well served
at the cocktail hour with light appetizers.
The wines are perfectly quaffable now or after short-to-medium-term
You’ve heard of getting the best bang for the buck. With these
wines, you get the best punch for the pinot. You won’t find better
bargains for the quality.
Pinot Noir 02 $13.99- a steal from the makers of Owen
Roe and Sineann. This is a lush, fruit forward wine with a lovely
oak and butter nose,
cardomon, nutmeg, and spice notes, white pepper, blackberry, and that
silky, velvety texture in the mouth that usually costs over $40. This
is a blend of wine from Owen Roe that did not make the cut for their
highly rated Pinot noirs. Just a stunning value. Drink now, not for
Pinot Noir 01 $15.99- reserve quality, a sophisticated,
Burgundian styled wine, made to cellar and enjoy over the next 6 years.
An unbelievable price for such a sophisticated, age-worthy wine.
Scent of clean oak
and berry is followed by well balanced red berry and black cassis notes,
hint of pepper, clove, and vanilla, a long, classic finish. Full-bodied
but dances on the tongue. Cellar for 4-6 years for continued enjoyment.
Ridge Pinot Noir 01 $10.99- Winemaker Jason Bull moved
up from Napa where he worked as winemaker for Von Strasser and
wineries, and a consulting winemaker gig with Domaine Danica, a small
highend Pinot noir producer in Healdsburg. His work with a French wine
barrel company has clearly given him an edge when it comes to oak.
This wine shows his expertise and, as Luarel Ridge is trying to get
back into the swing of things with a new winery and winemaker, the
price is a steal. The wine has a delightful tutti-fruiti nose and lovely
black cherry, red raspberry, nutmeg, anise, sage, and blackberry flavors.
A clean finish makes this a lovely wine for summer barbeques, great
with a burger or a summer salad, and such a great price! Drink in next
4. "Jigsaw" Pinot
Noir from Ransom Spirits $13.99- Avalon's
store manager Ann says: "This is a medium bodied wine that really
stands out from the crowd." Good earthy mushroom nose with a good dark
fruit middle and the finish is perfect. Dark fruit with some oak but
not too much. Great wine for the price. You simply cannot get a better
Pinot Noir at this price for the fantastic flavors!! It is long but
not lingering with a strong acidic backbone to stand up to everything
including Lamb. Actually might cellar well, new winery, so no
track record, but might be worth putting down a few bottles in the
Pinot Noir 01 $11.00- Matt Kinne makes small amounts of
very highly rated pinot noirs. His 2000 Special Selection received
93 points from Wine Spectator and was listed by Harvey Steiman as one
of his recommended picks in his annual Oregon article. The 01 Pinot
noir is an exceptional value. The nose has rich cherry and vanilla
scents, and the flavors are multilayered and velvety, combining rich
black berry, plum, bing cherry, white pepper, tiny hints of sage and
clean earth. The finish is long and silky. Amazing stuff for the price,
a little close when first opened, so let it air, even pour it into
a carafe to bring out the flavors.
Green Cellars "Dollar Bills Only" Pinot noir 01 $12.99-
PGC second label, photo is of the jukebox at Lumpy's, a bar
in Dundee where Patty and
Jim have been known to hang out. This is Temperance Hill juice and is
a wonderful single vineyard wine at a ridiculous price. The glut is making
for some really crazy deals. This is one of the best! Nose of candied bing
cherries, buttery vanilla, and spice. Excellent backbone with
layers of black cherry, red cherry, blackberry, cassis, white pepper,
hints of fennel, cardamon, clean saddle leather, finish goes on and on.
Rich, lovely body and very ageable. What a great deal from PGC! Drink now
for best flavors.
second label Wallace Brooks Pinot noir 00 $12.99 - Adelsheim
is justifiably proud of this deeply flavored, rich Pinot noir at a
bargain price. Ann says
it is a best buy! They really put some lovely fruit into this wine, and
the toasty oak and nicely balanced cherry and berry flavors show off the
winery's experience and style.
Thanks you so much for supporting our efforts with your orders!
Jean, Ann, and Carl
201 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis OR 97333