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Oregon Wine: 2010 Pinots Boom Shakalaka!


Oregon wine is a slam dunkWe’re running out of superlatives for Oregon’s 2010 vintage. Maybe we’re at the point where we should start using more expletives – yep, that good. Slam dunk: Boom Shakalaka!

Today’s offering features four highly recommended 2010s, from the red-hot winemaking hand of Tyson Crowley, to long-time favorites Belle Pente and Cameron.

Crowley Gehrts 2010
$37.75 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($41.95 retail)
Dark raspberry and blueberry scents opens into an exciting palate of black cherry and wild strawberry, with citrus and woodsy top-notes, and an underlying Dundee Hills sweetness. This is brilliant and dark-edged, and I suggest cellaring it for 3-4 years before trying your first bottle (or drinking it over the course of 3 days). A Reserve Pinot Noir Club December selection – highly recommended. Only 75 cases made. – Marcus

Crowley La Colina 2010
$40.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $44.95)
I’d describe this as the more “classic Dundee Hills” of the two Crowley Pinots, meaning it has more pungent red fruit and orange-essence aromas and an undeniably attractive nature. Give it a few minutes to breathe and unga-bunga it’s tasty!  I recommend aging for at least 2-4 years. Only 80 cases made. – Marcus

Belle Pente Yamhill-Carlton 2010
$25.15 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $27.95)
This is a killer value, absolutely packed with flavor. Loaded with dark berries and plums, finishing with pure fruit and subtle field herbs. Declassified Belle Pente Vineyard – we are very excited to taste Belle Pente’s forthcoming 2010 releases! – Marcus

Cameron Arley’s Leap 2010
$35.95 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $39.95)
Here’s another seriously age-worthy 2010 Pinot! This black-cherry fruited Pinot rewards with its beguiling aromas of spice box, candied cherries, incense and herbs.  Remarkably balanced fruit and acidity for long-term aging, Arley needs a little breathing room (I wrote my note on day 3 and 4), proving positive the 2010 vintage is one for the ages. – Andy

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