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The Rising Tide of 2012

 

JackalopePN12_frt-275pA rising tide lifts all boats. It might be cliche but in wine, it’s also very true. Case in point: remember all the great $20-ish Oregon Pinot from the 2008 vintage? That was a classic “rising tide” vintage where even the cheap stuff made for great drinking.

Here we are four vintages later watching the 2012 tide wash in, lifting all boats. Today’s sub-$25 Oregon Pinots are more reasons to dive in.

Jackalope Cellars Sojourner Vineyard Pinot noir 2012
$22.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($24.95 regular)
Jackalope delivers an outstanding value Pinot packed with vibrant fruit and violets on the nose leading to flavors of raspberry tart, cola spice, and earthy blackberry. Like the Jackalope, it’s a little rambunctious while keeping a lushness that makes it ready to drink now. Young winemaker Corey Schuster is based out of Portland’s Southeast Wine Collective, where he manages the tasting room. Limited – only 94 cases made. – Marcus

Witness Tree Chainsaw Pinot noir 2012
$17.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($19.95 regular)
A load of Pinot for the money. This “everyday” bottling from Witness Tree’s estate vineyard is quite the little big-man. Bursting with bushels of red and black berries on the nose which expand further on the palate intertwining with a layer of sandalwood, Eola Hills spice and dark cherry. The finish weaves together refreshingly, making for an easy-drinking young wine that begs to be cracked. – Andy

Haden Fig Willamette Valley 2012
$18.85 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($20.95 regular)
The new Haden Fig 2012 is fantastic. It’s simultaneously forward and elegant, with a burst of black cherry highlighted by floral and spice accents. One of our regular customers described it as “possibly the best value Pinot I’ve ever had.” Um, yeah — what he said!

Patricia Green Cellars Reserve 2012
$20.65 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($22.95 regular)
This is seriously good juice for the buck, loaded with dark fruit and rich in texture. Kudos to Patty and Jim for keeping the price more than fair.

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