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94 Point Oregon Pinot Noir

 

Wine Spectator continues to praise Oregon’s 2012 Pinots. The 94 point “Attaché” from Maison L’Envoyé arrived yesterday. This exciting new label is the brainchild of Mark Tarlov, the original creative force behind Evening Land.

Maison L’Envoyé Pinot noir Willamette Valley
The Attaché 2012
$36.85 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($40.95 regular)
Wine Spectator 94 Points: “This focused red features lively blackberry, floral and white pepper flavors that unfurl in layers, persisting with finesse against an underlying mineral note as the finish revs up. Complex and expressive. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made.”

We opened a bottle as soon as it arrived and found it lovely and expressive indeed, brimming with dark berry and cherry flavors on a seamless frame. Maison L’Envoyé will have offerings from Oregon, Burgundy, and Beaujolais. The Oregon wines are made by Mike Etzel Jr. (son of Beaux Freres founder Mike Etzel and co-winemaker of Horsetail/Coattails).

More highly rated Pinot:

Sineann Resonance Vineyard Pinot noir 2012
$43.15 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($47.95)
Wine Spectator 93 points: “Vibrant and expansive with fine tannins underlining the dark berry, clotted cream, mint and spice flavors, coming together harmoniously as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2019.” The is the final vintage of Sineann Resonance.

Purple Hands Stoller Vineyard Pinot noir 2012
$26.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($29.95 regular)
Wine Spectator 93 Points: “Vibrant, focused and chewy with tannins, this bursts with blackberry, currant, floral and clove flavors that just don’t quit as the finish persists gracefully. Drink now through 2022.”

Also 93 points from Wine Spectator:

Purple Hands Barron Wahl Vineyard Pinot noir 2012
$31.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($34.95 regular)

Purple Hands Holstein Vineyard Pinot noir 2012
$31.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($34.95)

And check out even more highly rated Pinot!

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