Back in the early 1980s, while everyone was busy trying to dress like “Sonny” on Miami Vice, vines were being planted in the Willamette Valley. Thankfully, because today they produce awesome Pinot and Gamay.
Old vines in Oregon are rare. $25 wines made from old vines are much rarer. But today we have TWO!
Whistling Dog Cellars
Heritage Blocks Pinot noir 2009
$23.95 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $25.95)
An outstanding value. Forward and expressive, this is packed with rich cherry and dark berry flavors, accented by cinnamon and nicely integrated barrel spice. A combo of 18 months aging before bottling and the robust 2009 vintage means it’s ready for your glass. Most wineries, rightfully, ask big bucks for their old vine Pinots. Not Whistling Dog! This tiny 4-barrel lot comes from their dry-farmed, 30 year-old block of Heritage clones (Pommard and Wadenswil). One of the very few sub-$30 Pinots selected for our Reserve Pinot Noir Wine Club. – Marcus
Gamay noir Seven Springs Vineyard 2011
$22.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $24.95)
Evening Land’s Seven Springs Vineyard boasts the oldest Gamay noir vines in the country. Bursting with energy and verve, it opens with crushed raspberry, floral, and pepper aromas that sashay into a snappy palate of black raspberry. Bits of darker fruit and creamy earth round out the finish, staying vibrant. Fantastic with a little air, and highly recommended. – Marcus