In This Newsletter:Special SaleThree Pioneers of Oregon Wine
Get Ready for July Fourth With Three Pioneers of Oregon WineBuy 6-11 bottles for a 5% discount*
Buy 12+ bottles for a 10% discount
Celebrate with the pioneers whose success led to many, many more wineries staking their futures in the Willamette Valley. “Arterberry Maresh and Tan Fruit, founded 1959”
Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vyd 2021 750ml $72 special, 27 bottles availableWine Advocate 98+ Points
“Eyrie Vineyards, founded 1965”
“The 2021 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard is an arresting wine that grows in bottle over several days, offering singular expression, purity and a touch of magic. Medium ruby, the nose is very complex and offers something new with each return to the glass. A deep core of pomegranate and cranberry sauce blossoms to orange peel, tea leaves, mossy bark and lilac with an array of amaro-like undertones. The palate is medium-bodied and has tremendously concentrated flavors for its harmonious, velvety frame (this sits at only 12.8% alcohol). Layered, dynamic and very long, it stands out as one of the best expressions of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting.” Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Old Vines 2021 750ml $56.50 special, 36+ bottles availableWine Advocate 98 Points
“The 2021 Pinot Noir Old Vines comes from the Maresh Vineyard, from vines that were planted in 1970, and has a singular expression with detailed, spicy accents reminiscent of bitters or amaro. “You only get those high-toned essences if you pick al dente,” winemaker Jim Maresh explains. “It’s easy to volatilize all that away.” The Old Vines has a medium ruby color and arresting aromas of orange bitters, mossy bark and tobacco leaves complementing a deep core of pomegranate, rhubarb and cranberry. The light-bodied palate offers remarkably pure, detailed flavors. It has velvety tannins, seamless freshness and a very long finish with a flourish of spicy accents.” Tan Fruit Cuvee Tan Fruit Chardonnay 2021 750ml $39 special, 20 bottles availableWine Advocate 97 Points
“The 2021 Chardonnay Cuvée Tan Fruit comes from Dijon vines in the Maresh Vineyard, planted on a south-facing slope in 1991, plus a number of other sources around Willamette Valley. Bottled a few months earlier than the other Tan Fruit Chardonnays, its savory aromas explode from the glass: a core of peachy fruit is streaked with touches of candle smoke, matchstick, pie crust and floral tones. Medium-bodied, seamless and satiny, it flows effortlessly through the mouth with both depth of flavor and freshness. It has a pleasing touch of grip to anchor the long finish and feels like it has more to give as it unwinds in bottle over the next several years. Around 1,000 cases were made.” Tan Fruit Maresh Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 750ml $59 special, 34 bottles availableWine Advocate 97 Points
“The 2019 Chardonnay Maresh Vineyard comes from Dijon clones planted in 1991, and it was matured in about 35% new oak. This vintage is pure and tensile, with scents of tarragon and fragrant herbs, beeswax and almonds, with plush white peach fruit. The palate combines intense ripe fruit with a spine of tangy, tense acidity, and it finishes with tremendous length. Allow it another 3-5 years in bottle.” Tan Fruit Maresh Vineyard Chardonnay 2021 750ml $59 special, 36+ bottles availableWine Advocate 97 Points
“The 2021 Chardonnay Maresh Vineyard has pure aromas of red apples, pie crust, almonds and jasmine blossoms with top notes of salty lemon. The medium-bodied palate is generous yet balanced, with a concentrated core of savory fruit tempered by streaks of matchstick and spice. It has seamless, energetic acidity and a long, nuanced finish and will benefit from 3-5 more years in bottle.” Tan Fruit Petite Tan Fruit Chardonnay 2022 750ml $19.50 special, 36+ bottles availableWinery Notes
“The “Petite” in the name represents the Chablisienne character of this wine. This is a 100% steel tank fermented wine with high-toned acidity and notes of citrus and green apples. This is Arterberry’s best value in wine yet. Drink it cool and celebrate the summer!
Eyrie Estate Chardonnay 2021 750ml $39 special, 8 bottles availableWine Advocate 96 Points
“Domaine Drouhin, founded 1987”
“The 2021 Chardonnay Estate offers exotic aromas of ripe peaches, honey, pie crust, tangerine oil and musky floral perfume. The medium-bodied palate is satiny and expansive with an impressively concentrated core of spicy fruit. Its broad, mouth-coating texture is balanced by fireworks of fresh acidity, and it has a long, spicy finish with flavor that goes on and on.” Eyrie Pinot Noir Daphne 2018 750ml $74.50 special, 2 bottles availableWine Advocate 99 Points
“You know you’ve encountered a world-class wine when you struggle to find the words to describe it, and the 2018 Pinot Noir Daphne, from vines planted in 1974, leaves me speechless! Pale ruby in the glass, it has singular aromas of wild berries, grapefruit and orange peel, aniseed, cracked pepper, tea leaves and floral potpourri. Highly concentrated and perfumed yet weightless in the mouth, the Daphne is bursting with fireworks of refreshing acidity, and it boasts a finish that goes on and on. It’s one of the very best Pinot Noirs from the 2018 vintage in the Willamette Valley.” Eyrie Trifolium Dundee Hills 2020 750ml $33 special, 13 bottles availableVinopolnote
“A mixture of the three red grapes grown by Eyrie (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Trousseau) featuring red fruit flavors backed with earthy notes and leathery tannins: this limited edition wine feels like a Loire wine by way of Willamette. This is the best Oregon red blend we’ve tasted in some time.”
Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay 2021 750ml $37.50 special, 12 bottles available –Presale, Arriving June 28James Suckling 94 Points
“This has a beautiful nose of lemon curd, cream, sliced green apples and cardamom buns. Some toasted hazelnuts, too. It’s medium- to full-bodied with a deliciously creamy, gently spicy palate, married with vibrant acidity. Drink or hold.” Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2021 750ml $45 special, 8 bottles availableJames Suckling 94 Points
“Fragrant and open pinot with aromas of cherries, wild strawberries, orange zest, nutmeg and white pepper. It’s medium-bodied with silky, creamy tannins. Delicious balance of just-ripe berry fruit and subtle spice. Very long, too. Drink or hold.” Domaine Drouhin Roserock Zephirine Pinot Noir 2021 750ml $59 special, 8 bottles availableJames Suckling 97 Points
“Beautifully fragrant notes of cocoa-dusted raspberries and crushed blueberries with dried rose petals, sencha tea, cherry chocolate and crushed rocks. Ground spices, too. It shows both delicacy and power, with a compact and silky feeling to the tannin structure and impressive acidity which carries the freshness and tone through to the finish. Attractive tension of crunchy blue fruit and spices. Drink or hold.”
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