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Congratulations to Marcus Goodfellow

Always Delicious Chardonnays

Now With New Scoresgoodfellow insert

Marcus Goodfellow’s Matello and Goodfellow Family Cellars labels have been mainstays at the shop for some time now—wines that we carry regardless of vintage, scores or overall hype.  The wines are amongst the best in Oregon and consistently some of the most inspiring wines we taste.  It looks like we aren’t alone in our love—the new Wine Advocate reviews for our fair state lavish (deserved) praise on Marcus’ wines, particularly two Chardonnays (Richard’s Cuvee and Durant Vineyard) which we wanted to feature today.

Goodfellow Family Cellars Richard’s Cuvee Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($39.95) Buy Now: $36 special

Goodfellow Family Cellars Richard’s Cuvee Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014 375ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $19.50 special
Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2014 Chardonnay Richard’s Cuvee knocks it out of the park with a nose of ripe apricots, pink grapefruit and guava underscored by fresh ginger, baking bread, beeswax and yeast extract hints with a waft of jasmine.… Read the rest

Il Poggione’s Magnificent 2011 Brunello

il poggione sealMost Brunello collectors buy either traditional or modern examples with the exception of a few wines whose appeal seems to transcend stylistic categories. These wines are the real ‘collectible’ Brunelli—there’s always going to be a market for them. In that category, Il Poggione manages to be unique. It’s a wine that’s traditionally made, yet approachable, beloved across the board and is still reasonably priced.

For that reason, Il Poggione remains one of our favorite wines in Brunello—it’s tough to beat the combination of quality and price. The wines are probably the least expensive, collectible-quality Brunello out there. The 2011 vintage is no exception and the wine is gorgeous, from a warm vintage but with the freshness and elegance you expect from Il Poggione.… Read the rest

La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013

La Jota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2013

A Great Big Cabernet at a Great Big Discount!

la jota wineryIt’s telling that La Jota’s full name is “La Jota Vineyard Co.”  Founded in 1898, it’s a winery explicitly tied to a place, in this case Howell Mountain.  Howell Mountain is a special place in Napa to grow Cabernet Sauvignon and the history of the winery reflects that—the first awards for the winery were in the 1902 Paris Exposition.  They shuttered during prohibition and became a “ghost winery” until the current winery opened in 1982.

The winery makes its wines from estate fruit spread over 28 acres of prime volcanic Howell Mountain real estate, and the Cabernet is what they’re known for.  We’ve been lucky enough to score a great deal on the lauded 2013 version, which has dense, rich dark flavors that the mountain fruit provides. … Read the rest

Cayuse-Mania

Highlight New Arrivals from Cayuse Vineyards

36 Wines (That’s 96 Bottles) In Stock Now

cayuse madnessCayuse Vineyards Camaspelo, Walla Walla Valley 2012 750ML ($119.95) $89 special
Wine Advocate 97 points “A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, the 2012 Camaspelo is more refined and elegant than the Lovers release, showing a seamless, elegant profile to go with lots of dark fruits, savory herbs, graphite and hints of flowers. While the nose is terrific, the palate is where this really shines and it’s full-bodied, concentrated and ultra-pure, with lots of fine tannin that keep the finish going. It should be at its best from 2018-2032+.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Cayuse Vineyards Flying Pig, Walla Walla Valley 2013 750ML ($149.95) $129 special
Wine Advocate 94-96 points “I loved the Merlot dominated 2013 Flying Pig, and it offers full-bodied richness and depth, as well as a stacked mid-palate, to go with classic plum, cassis, wild herbs and dried flower nuances.… Read the rest

Midweek VinpolPick 4-12-17

New Arrivals; Casanova’s Perfect Cerretalto; Deep Cuts: Pallieres’ Price Edition; John Paul Brings In A Barolo; Peyrassol Rosé in Many Formats; Bordeau x2; Jorge Ordonez’s Mencia Mind; GrunHAUS! A Few New Arrivals; Monteraponi Real Radda Reds In Chianti; Diel: The Other Master of the Nahe; April Sale Recap

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Mid-Week

New Arrivals: Here’s What’s Hot

Oregon

Cameron Winery ‘Ribbon Ridge’ Pinot Noir, Oregon 2015 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special
Winery Notes: Ribbon Ridge Pinot noir.  Fruit for this wine is sourced from 2 vineyards in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, Foster Farms and Armstrong.  Foster Farms was planted in 2006 and is lovingly tended by famed cider apple grower Alan Foster.  Armstrong vineyard was recently converted to dry-farmed grapes.  Fruit from Ribbon Ridge is always intense with loads of structure in the wine.… Read the rest