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New Wines We Like – Analemma, Brigadoon, Arterberry Maresh, Result of a Crush, Illahe


Here’s the wines we’ve recommended to our Wine Club and customers this week.

Jean’s Pick
Analemma Gewurztraminer 2011
$22.45 in any 12 bottle order or build a case* ($24.95 retail)
Very limited – order now – 36 bottles available
The classic Analemma Gewurztraminer opens with a soft scent of jasmine, sunny summer days, and a sea breeze. Flavors of white flowers, apricot, pink grapefruit, lychee, and minerals ripple over a silky smooth, crisp and uplifting finish. – Jean

At Avalon we’re big into gardening.  And for us, gardening means wine. This weekend Andy is mowing his lawn with Brigadoon. I’ll be deadheading roses and picking beans with Analemma. Enjoy your garden with a glass of Northwest wine!

Andy’s Pick
Brigadoon Pinot Blanc 2011
$15.25 in any 12 bottle order or build a case* ($16.95 retail)
It’s hot everywhere right now. But the lawn still needs mowing.  So what do I grab when I feel a thirst?  Gatorade? Budweiser?  How about Brigadoon Pinot Blanc!

The Brigadoon is a great all season white.  The nose has a touch of the Oregon coast, wildflowers and seashells.  A hint of citrus races up front and cools off on the mid palate delivering a balanced lemon and mineral finish. It pairs really well with oysters, both on the half shell or grilled. This is winemaker Matt Shown’s 4th vintage of Pinot Blanc and it just keeps getting better. – Andy

Result of a Crush -
New Winery from Reynvaan Sisters

Amanda and Angela Reynvaan Garratt, sisters of famed winemaker Matt Reynvaan, have started their own winery. Matt is their consulting winemaker.

Amanda describes the new winery:

“We are Moms and we wanted a new lineup of wines that we would drink everyday. We were visiting our aunt, a school principal, telling her about the project, when she suggested the name. We immediately knew it was just what we wanted.”

“The Result of a Crush is a wine to take to a bridal or a baby shower. I (Amanda) have a 9 year old and a six year old, and Angela a new baby and a two year old.”

Working from home, they developed the lineup, worked with a designer on the label, and hired brother Matt as consulting winemaker. A new wine, a Rose, has just been bottled, and a second Red  blend is complete and soon to be released.

The Red wine is mostly Syrah, and all of the fruit is from the Walla Walla Appellation. Amanda and Angela plan to source grapes and wine from appelations in Washington and Oregon going forward.

Great wine runs in the Reynvaan family veins – Result of a Crush is proof.

 Result of a Crush red 2011
$26.95 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
($29.95 retail)
This Syrah blend might be from a new winery, but it is made in consulting winemaker Matt Reynvaan’s distinct style. Plush and supple, it’s loaded with dark cherry, and oil-cured olive notes up front, with a subtle undercurrent of ripe peach. It gets bigger and darker with air, adding black plum and a savory meatiness.- Marcus

Arterberry Maresh
New Dundee Hills Pinot noir 2011

Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot noir 2011
$16.16 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
($17.95 retail)

returns, with the lowest price ever, just $16.16! Remarkably pedigreed, it includes all 6 vineyards Jim works with: Maresh, Juliard, Weber, Ana, Winderlea, and Gehrts.

Fragrant red fruit and earth burst from the glass of the 2011 Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot noir. Fresh raspberry and pie cherry flavors are accented by a zesty citrus/cranberry note. The finish is refreshing and pure, with hints of brown spices helping the red fruit coast along. This delightfully low alcohol Pinot does exactly what winemaker Jim Maresh describes: it slides down your gullet. – Marcus

Cranberry and red cherry blossomed and intensified in the scent and flavor as I swirled the glass. As it opened an undercurrent of blackberries, earthy blackberry seed, and sweet cedar spice appeared.  What I like the best about this Pinot is the persistent hint of violets I tasted in the background, appearing and disappearing as the last hint of wine lingered delectably in my mouth. That violet note – I keep thinking about it. Very special. – Jean

Illahe Reserve
and Grand Reserve Pinot noirs -
Highly Recommended

We have two super-tiny-production Oregon Pinots for you from one of our favorite rising-star wineries: Illahe. A one barrel exclusive, just 25 cases of 2008 Grand Reserve, and a whopping 5 barrels of the brand new 2010 Reserve. These rare, collectible Pinots will have a long life in your cellar. We highly recommend them!

Illahe Grand Reserve Pinot noir 2008
$58.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($64.95 retail)
Only 25 cases made.
A deeply spiced nose of cola, licorice and caramel leads into a big palate of black cherry. That’s when the fruit really takes over, billowing with more cherry, dark berry and a ribbon of cassis. A commanding finish takes me back to all of the 2008s – white pepper-laced, tannins, bright acidity, and big fruit, all of which portend a long life in the cellar. I recommend holding for another 2-4 years.

Illahe picked their two favorite barrels, took half from each, blended them, and let the one barrel age for two years. Grand. – Marcus

Illahe Reserve Pinot noir 2010
$35.95 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($39.95 retail)
“I love Illahe,” I said to Andy. His response? “Me too.” A lot of you feel the same way.

The 2010 Reserve reminds me of  the memorable 2008 vintage. Dense and darker than most of the 2010′s I’ve tried, a thread of dark fruit and forest floor found in all of Brad’s Pinot noirs weaves through the wine. Aromas of berries, sweet oak, and fresh turned earth entice me to take an immediate sip – delicious. Blackberries, black raspberries, a little black cherry and plum flavors are precisely focused, with a touch of cedar and spice in a long, compelling finish. I could not put down the glass. This is a wine to cellar, or decant for a few hours if you drink it now. – Jean

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