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Farewell to Favorite Oregon Pinots (For Now)

 

Three of our favorite Oregon wines of the 2010 vintage are nearly gone. Just a handful of cases left: Westrey Justice and Abbey Ridge, and Thomas Gerrie – LAST CALL. They’re some of Oregon’s best Pinot, regardless of price. And that’s why all three are resting in our cellars.!
Westrey Justice Vineyard Pinot noir 2010
Westrey Justice Vineyard
Pinot noir 2010

$32.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($35.95)
A true eye-opener of the year for me. I gave in and stopped trying to describe the aromas – I just embraced the exotic and evocative perfume. The velvety-textured flavors have breadth and depth, flowing with black berry and black cherry, resinous and savory, I couldn’t put the glass down.

As I was writing my note I realized it had been 5 minutes since I had a sip and I could still taste the bead of black berry preserves flecked with dried thyme and pepper. Production was WAY down in 2010, which is why there’s only a handful of cases left. Well, that and we sold a pile of it! It’s the best-priced Justice Vineyard designate (and as good or better than its peers). – Marcus
Westrey Abbey Ridge Vineyard 2010
Westrey Abbey Ridge Vineyard
Pinot noir 2010
$32.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($35.95)
Westrey Abbey Ridge 2010 defines the allure of Pinot noir – ethereal and graceful with an amazing ability to envelop your palate in a sweetness that only Pinot noir can deliver. The Abbey Ridge smells scandalously good. Seriously, it smells as good as any Pinot I’ve had in years.Sexy strawberries and cream, plump and juicy summer raspberries, rose petals, hints of red clay and raspberry leaf. It finishes pure and driven, with a subtle mineral thread combining forces with cherry candy, dried herbs and white pepper. Open it now, just to smell it (ok, drink it too!) and plan to stash whatever you can. This is the stuff Oregon Pinot dreams are made of.  – Marcus

 Thomas Gerrie Pinot noir 2010
Thomas Gerrie Vineyard
Pinot noir 2010

$21.55 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($23.95)
We knew this wouldn’t last long. It’s too good and too cheap. This is reserve-level Pinot noir without the price tag, which is why it was a July Reserve Pinot Noir Club selection (club members – you get 15% off!).

Filled with aromatic intrigue, 2010 is easily the best smelling vintage of the last decade. Cherries, baking and cola spices, a sweet/tart interplay of currants and blueberries, persistence and intensity combined with subtlety and elegance.

Quick refresher: Thomas (Tom) is CrisTOM – his father, Paul, founded the winery. Tom works alongside Cristom’s revered winemaker, Steve Doerner, and you can sense the stylistic influence of Tom’s time in Cristom’s cellar. An equal-parts blend of fruit from 3 vineyards, all Pommard clone: Eileen (Cristom’s highest-elevation estate vineyard), Illahe (one of our favorites), and Feltz (right around the corner from Cristom, planted in 1978).

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