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Illahe Vineyards: Oregon Winery to Know

You want to know about Illahe. The 2012 Illahe whites are ambrosia in a bottle: a rich Pinot gris, a layered Gruner, and an intense Viognier. We are most drawn to wineries like Illahe. The owners grow their own grapes and are deeply committed to the longterm: Lowell Ford has 30+ years experience in the vineyard. Winemaker and son Brad has something unique to say with his non-interventionist, true-to-the-vineyard winemaking.

Illahe Vineyards
Pinot gris 2012

in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($15.95 regular)
A stunningly good Pinot gris from one of Oregon’s most promising wineries, it shows what the 2012 fuss is all about. Opulent flavors of melon and stone fruit. The rich texture is plush and decadent, while subtle hints of cinnamon and green tea hide in the background. The richness of this wine makes it a perfect match for heavier fish dishes or pair with a salad Nicoise.

Illahe Vineyards
Viognier 2012

in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($15.95 regular)
The authentic varietal character of Viognier in a big, full bodied, fascinating package. Jasmine, violets, hyacinth, and gardenia scents mingle together followed by a core of pear, lychee, white peach, all accented by a mineral freshness. Add in the ever changing evolution of the wine in the glass and you have a classic example of the elusive uniqueness of this grape. We had it last night with spicy twice cooked pork belly and we fought over the bottle. – Jean

Illahe Vineyards
Gruner Veltliner 2012

in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($15.95 regular)
Intriguing scent of almonds and green apple while the palate delivers flavors of honeydew, cantaloupe, and homemade ambrosia.  Our favorite food pairing for the Gruner is fresh oysters.


What’s New on the Website

McKinlay Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2012 $16.15/$17.95
Seems a little crazy but the first 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir has arrived… and wow, has it ever!

Crowley 2011 Chardonnay and Willamette Valley Pinot noir
Two new releases from Tyson and crew. If you want to taste the future of Oregon Chardonnay, this is it.

Two 2010 Under $25 Oregon Pinots Worth the Wait
Et Fille Willamette Valley and Whistling Dog Melange

Tranche Cellars Pink Pape 2012 $15.25/$16.95
A blend of the traditional Rhone varietals Counoise, Cinsault, and Syrah in a striking rose.

Horsetail Pinot noir 2011 $25.15/$27.95
Jared and Mikey Etzel, sons of Beaux Freres’ Mike Etzel, make this generous and silky sweet blackberry, rose-scented Pinot noir.

Jean Yates

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