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Wine of the Day: Ayres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015 10-20-16

Ayres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $19 special


As you might remember, last year was hot, the hottest on record for the state of Oregon. The mere thought of it induces thirst. But the heat of 2015 also gave the potential to produce some delicious entry-level Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and Ayres Winery took advantage. Rather than over-ripe or cooked, this wine, made from Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton grapes, offers a fresh Pinot fruit profile and a pleasant tartness. Savory notes mingle with a hint of salinity, and a well-judged sense of balance (only 13.6% alcohol) carries the wine through to a succulent finish. Even after being open overnight, the wine stays consistent like last year’s 90-degree temps.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2015 10-15-16

Cameron Winery Dundee Hills Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2015 750ML ($21.95) Buy Now: $19 special

cameron-chardonnay-15A visit from John Paul of Cameron happens often here at Vinopolis, yet not often enough. No other Willamette Valley winemaker displays his sort of charisma and laid-back, quasi-genius: the mastermind behind Clos Electrique has an electrified brain, it seems. He makes us laugh, and shares his wines. John says 2015 is a beautiful white wine vintage, and his Dundee Hills Chardonnay proves it. Granted, as John pointed out, the oak has yet to integrate, but the silkiness, suppleness, and succulence already signal a  charming cuvee: Give this wine a few months or more before consumption. You’ll be glad you did, and even gladder that you swooped some up before this Cameron wine goes the way of all the others… out of stock soon enough.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion 2014 10-14-16

Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albion 2014 750ML ($21.95) Buy Now: $16.60 special

deuxalbionLouis Barruol has 14 generations of winemaking on his side at Château Saint-Cosme. Since 1490, Barruol’s family represents Rhône winemaking better, and more exhaustively, than most. The Saint-Cosme line-up of Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and Côte-Rotie impresses wine connoisseurs and critics every year, which makes the Côtes du Rhône Les Deux Albion a smart choice for a table wine. Côtes du Rhône reds provide delicious early drinking, and the 2014 vintage lends a touch of lightness to the plump nature of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Let a breeze of garrigue and Rhône warmth help you keep it summer on the inside, no matter the time of year, for well under twenty bucks.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: CVNE Cune Crianza 2012 Rioja 10-12-16

CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Cune Crianza, Rioja DOCa 2012 750ML ($14.95) Buy Now: $11.90 special

cuneOrder a glass of Crianza at a bar or restaurant in Spain, and odds are they’ll have Cune to pour. Ripe, balanced, and full of bright cherry notes, Cune is, before anything else, delicious. It also happens to go well with a variety of foods, from classic jamón and cheese, to steaks and roasts, even with fish in Spain. But that price! Una locura! At $11.90 a bottle, anyone with a taste for Spanish wine, for Tempranillo, or for a superb table red should add a bit of Cune to the bodega. Trust in its ubiquity in the land where they drink wine the way we drink bottled water.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 10-4-16

Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 750ML ($49.95) Buy Now: $39 special, 36+ bottles available

Case-6 Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 750ML ($239.95) Buy Now: $219 special

cosmecdp12Louis Barruol has 14 generations of winemaking on his side at Saint Cosme. His family represents Rhone winemaking better, and more exhaustively, than most. Gigondas may be home for Saint Cosme, but when it comes to making Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Barruol changes his cap. The wine – 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault, 2% Clairette – ages for 24 months in used oak barrels, for example, and is bottled without filtration. For a year like 2012, this results in a wine of finesse and freshness: classic, you might say. Delicious, you could also say: ask the critics.… Read the rest