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Oregon Pinot noir: Two “Insider” Pinots


We have two exciting new “Insider” Oregon Pinot noir for you, from excellent vineyards: Shea and Croft. With only 5 barrels of Stephen Goff and 7 barrels of Spindrift these Pinots are nearly impossible to find outside of Oregon, except with your Avalon “Insider” connection. Spectator 91 Points
Spindrift Cellars
Croft Vineyard Pinot noir 2010

$23.35 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($25.95)

This is a great value. I was really impressed by the density of this small-batch Pinot. Black cherry and spice-filled, it makes for an exciting early drinker and will easily age for 4-6 years. Only 7 barrels were made. – Marcus

Wine Spectator 91 Pts: Tight and sleek, with a tarry edge to the black cherry flavors, showing good transparency as the finish lingers against lively acidity. Drink now through 2018. 168 cases made. – Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

below, Croft and Freedom Hill Vineyard view

Croft Vineyard view


Stephen Goff Pinot noir 2010Stephen Goff Pinot noir 2010
$28.75 in any 12 bottle order or
Build a Case* ($31.95)

Behind this understated label lies a gorgeous Pinot with a great story. Winemaker Steve Goff was the assistant at Beaux Freres for many vintages; now he makes wine for Colene Clemens, one of the hottest new Oregon wineries. In 2010, Steve gained access to Shea Vineyard’s East Hill – you won’t find it on the label, but that’s the fruit source for this beauty, all 135 cases of it!

Opening with pretty red fruit perfume laced with licorice and dried rose, it dips an elegant toe in the water before diving in head first. Sappy raspberry and bright cherry flavors have surprising persistence and sweetness, complemented by a spice and dried herb note. This Pinot seems to put on weight as you’re drinking it and the finish develops back end power.

A really exciting new entry into the world of Oregon Pinot. I can’t wait to see what else Steve has up his sleeve…  – Marcus

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