I had two fantastic Wednesday night Pinots last night, easy-drinkers that have enough zip to make me want another glass. And they’re easy on my wallet, so I can spend more on the fresh, wild salmon at the market.
Lemelson’s Six Vineyards 2011 is the best deal in Oregon Pinot right now. Grochau’s Willamette Valley 2010 is another late-release 2010 that is rocking, benefitting from the extra time in barrel and bottle. I couldn’t decide which I liked better…whichever was in my glass at the time.
Lemelson Six Vineyards Pinot noir 2011
$16.96 in any 12 bottle order/Build a Case ($18.85 regular)
Wow and wow. This case-worthy value clobbers more than a handful of higher-priced Pinots. Filled with dark cherry and plum, accented by anise and pepper, it’s a pure pleasure to drink, with the right balance of silky and structured. Only available in Oregon, it’s going to FLY!
Grochau Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2010
$21.55 in any 12 bottle order/Build a Case ($23.95 regular)
Like a couple recent favorite values (Et Fille and Whistling Dog) I knew Grochau’s 2010 Willamette Valley was going to be great – I just had to wait. Abundant, cinnamon-spiced red fruit on the nose leads to a rich mouthful of dark cherry and raspberry, with great depth and sweet Pinot goodness on the finish.
Even though it’s 80 degrees and my deck and grill are calling, I’ll be at my desk all day ready to help stock your kitchen with these awesome summer deals.
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