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Oregon Wine: Doors Close, Windows Open


Blue sky windowWe’ve been doing a lot of reflecting, thinking about our favorite wines from 2012. We’re lucky to have locked up a small stash of two of the best value Pinots of the last year: Walter Scott La Combe Verte 2011 and Thomas Gerrie 09. There are a handful of cases left – major last call!

And when doors close, windows inevitably open. What has become a benchmark of value Pinot – Matello Lazarus – is back with the brand new 2011 vintage.

Doors closing…

Walter Scott La Combe verte Pinot noir 2011Walter Scott La Combe Verte 2011
$20.70 12 bottles or build a case ($23 retail)
Ken and Erica, the dynamic duo behind Walter Scott, had their breakout moment with the release of La Combe Verte Pinot noir 2011. It is an underpriced gem of Pinot noir, a truly age-worthy $23 Pinot. It is one of the best values in Oregon Pinot we’ve found in ten years, period.

Thomas Gerrie Pinot noir 09
Thomas Gerrie Pinot noir 2009$21.55 12 bottle order or build a case ($24 retail)
Recommended without reservation, from the second generation at Cristom, there are a mere handful of cases left. Seriously, I’m going to keep the flowery prose short and say that this red cherry and baking spice-packed Oregon Pinot is the steal of the season, if not the year.

Windows opening…

Matello Lazarus Pinot noir 2011Matello Lazarus 2011
$19.75 12 bottle order or build a case ($22 retail)
Bright and expressive aromas send raspberry and cherry pulses to your brain. That fresh red fruit comes alive in the first sip, joined by a melange of Marcus-style flavors: citrusy-orange and salted meat. It keeps getting better with each hour it’s open and like its predecessors, will be one of the top values of the vintage. If you haven’t checked out Matello yet, you should. Winemaker Marcus Goodfellow is crushing it!

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