Hello from Andy at Avalon Wine -
Summer camp, golf camp, band camp - they have nothing on Pinot Camp. Three days in Oregon Wine Country, immersed in all things Oregon Pinot. I was lucky enough to go this summer (you have to be invited, and part of the wine industry).
Through all the delicious Pinot I tasted - we’re talking hundreds of wines - one special Pinot stood out above the rest: 2008 Witness Tree Claim #51.
There were a lot of big personalities at Pinot Camp and wading through some of the pomp revealed the Leonard Cohen of Pinot noir. A deep, dark, classy feel that will only get better with a little age.
Claim 51 is made from 2 blocks of the upper vineyard (about one acre) looking down over the winery. Full and finished from splash to swallow. Wonderfully smooth red fruit with a lasting grip which had me proclaiming ‘hallelujah’ in want for a second taste, immediately after the first. With less than 100 cases made, everybody won’t know about this wine but they should.
Wine Club members get 15% off orders for Witness Tree Claim 51 08 and Benchmark 08 ($40.76). Witness Tree Benchmark was a June 2011 Reserve Pinot noir Wine Club selection.
Customer Service Manager and Serious Wine Geek