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Wine Spectator 95 Point Big Red, Pinot noir

 

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When small production,  insider hot wines get mega-reviews, we’re often the first bird to grab the worm, or wine.  We made calls at the right time, so even with the small lots we have plenty to share with you!

Wine Spectator 95 Points
“HOT WINE”

Baer Ursa Red 08
$32.36 in any 12 bottle order
$35.95 retail

I’ve seen it written and I’ll echo it here:   the Baer Ursa 08, with its 95 point score and relatively low price,  seems a no brainer for Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2011. Whether or not that happens,  this red is not to be missed. -  Marcus

Wine Spectator -  “This has great presence,  offering a dense cloud of blackberry, cherry and spice flavors that hover,  almost weightless, over a sleek frame of fine tannins,  with just enough acidity to keep it fresh.   The finish sails on beautifully.  Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Best from 2012 through 2020.”  H.S.

Wine Spectator 93 Points
Cardwell Hill Pinot noir Pommard Block 09
$26.95 in any 12 bottle order
$29.95 retail

Being a fan of Pommard clone Pinot,   I was eager to try Cardwell’s newest addition. I’ll admit surprise –   I agreed with the Wine Spectator score!   The scents are sooo pretty,  with pure raspberry that carries all the way through the finish.  They hadn’t even released this when the review came out,    and I recommend cellaring for another year or two.  Cardwell Hill is located a stone’s throw from Avalon, just outside Corvallis. -   Marcus

Wine Spectator -   “Lithe, supple, focused and distinctive for a sea breeze character that wafts through the strawberry,   raspberry,   tobacco and spice flavors,  mingling with polish as the finish lingers.   Drink now through 2019.”  H.S.

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