2018 Spring Equinox
2018 Spring Equinox Mailing List Offerings
"The Heritage" case selections:
2015 Heritage #4, Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge AVA
2015 Heritage #5, Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills AVA
2015 Heritage #6, Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton AVA
2009 "Lazarus", Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Matello label)
2008 Winter's Hill Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills AVA (Matello label)
"Terroir: Wines of Place" case selections:
2015 Durant Vineyard Chardonnay, Dundee Hills AVA
Mineral driven, layered, with excellent weight and length this Chardonnay is showing beautifully right now. Find a better Chardonnay than this for the money (seriously, we just poured it blind with 2015 Dauvissat La Forest Chablis, 2015 PYCM Chassagne Montrachet Las Ancieres 1er Cru, 2015 Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet, Les Encieres 1er Cru , and Meursault-Blagny, La piece Sous la Bois, Chapelle de Blagny 1er Cru and it was my wine of the flight).
2015 "Richard's Cuvee", Whistling Ridge Chardonnay, Ribbon Ridge AVA
Don't cheat yourself, the Willamette Valley is producing world class Chardonnay (check the CT notes on this wine). Whistling Ridge Vineyard consistently produces a Chardonnay that is mineral and deep, with lemon curd and almond flowers. This is a mixed clonal planting, dry farmed, ridge top exposure, and sedimentary soils. Farmed by Dick Alvord and Patricia Gustafson like Charlie Parker played the saxophone.
2015 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills AVA
Intensely flavored, with layers of stem spice, dried strawberries, boysenberries, and notes of coffee and citrus, this wine is from an east facing slope in one of the oldest vineyards in the Willamette Valley. As with all of our Pinot Noir: harvested by hand, fermented with native yeasts, minimal sulfur, and high percentages of stems(50-100%). Elevage in neutral barrique and used puncheon for 19 months... robustly beautiful.
2015 Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton AVA
Dark yet floral, violets in the prettiest, way but dark enough to be dangerous too. Elegant in the way Howie Long or Donavan McNabb is... Grilled meats, and full flavored dishes.
2015 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge AVA
If Whistling Ridge wines are like Cohen brothers movies (and they are), this is "The Big Lebowski". It's just obviously great. Yes, it's still quirky, but it's also flamboyant in it's delicious-ness. Unlike other vintages from this vineyard, subtle is not a part of the tasting note. Waiting is not a part of the tasting note...The dude abides...
2013 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge AVA (Cellar Release)
Katherine Hepburn. Austere intertwined with beautiful. I open this wine and think" it's too tight". An hour later, I realize I was wrong... 30 minutes later I am hoping I still have a second bottle tucked away somewhere.
This was a "difficult" vintage. Based upon what I saw in the wine, we held back a considerable number of cases and look forward to releasing, and drinking, this wine periodically over the next 15 years. Averages 50% whole cluster, fermented with native yeasts, aged in puncheon for 20 months.
2013 Bishop Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton AVA (Cellar Release)
This wine is 3 barrels, 74 cases, of old vine (planted in 1989) Wadensville clone fruit, that was supposed to be a part of a larger lot. Two barrels were 100% whole cluster and the other was 50%, and it was so beautiful in 2015 that I held it out to make a single vineyard wine. When first bottled it was tight enough that we only sent out bottles to wine club and 2 cases for Paley's Place. After 5 years, it's ready for release but with so little produced, we wanted to offer it here first. In a recent tasting against Premier Cru Burgundy, only Chandon de Briailles classic Ille de Vergelesses bottling was finer. Drink now or cellar it for any special occasion in the future.
"The al Fresco" case selections
2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
Crisp with yellow flowers, peach, pear, and then saline with stony, savory notes. Like George Clooney, you think it's just "pretty" but then Oh Brother Where Art Thou comes along...and you realize it may not be profound, but it's really, really good (In case you can't tell, I am damn proud of this wine).
2015 Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Puncheons declassified from Whistling Ridge and Durant vineyards, this is a baby Puligny-Montrachet. Exquisitely precise, nervy and electric, with the cut and minerality of the aforementioned Burgundian bottles. Our Chardonnay spends 21 months on the lees in neutral and new French oak puncheons, along with Cameron's Dundee Hills Chardonnay, this may be the best value in Oregon Chardonnay today.
2015 Whistling Ridge Blanc, Ribbon Ridge AVA
Refreshing and delicious, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Gewurtztraminer planted together, harvested together, fermented together in decade old neutral oak barrels. This wine is effortlessly versatile with rich stone fruit and balanced acid offering the perfect pairing for everything from cured meats to oysters on the half shell. (Buy this...buy 3-4 bottles and drink a couple this summer but "lose" at least one until 2020...it's really not that long, and you will be so, so happy you did)
2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
92+ from Wine Advocate last year, this is all old vine fruit from Whistling Ridge, Durant, Bishop Creek, and Fir Crest Vineyards. It's a baby Grand Cru, and as such will want some dinner served with it right now but there are very few wines in the world that deliver more value for the price.
2014 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge AVA
Declassified 500L puncheons from Whistling Ridge, this wine is showing so well right now. At some of Portland's finer restaurants (Aviary in particular) I have had 4-5 people in the last month let me know how much they enjoyed it. The 2014 smells of flowers laying on red silk draped over a spice cabinet. If rich and ripe is your thing, or stinky barnyard, than this is not what you want. If you like intoxicating aromas, this is it.
2014 Deux Vert Vineyard Syrah, Yamhill-Carlton AVA
Grown in Yamhill-Carlton, fermented with whole cluster, native yeast, an 18% Viognier co-ferment, and raised in neutral 300L hogsheads for 27 months. Cool climate Syrah at it's most elegant...think Jasmin Cote-Rotie meets Marcel LaPierre Morgon. Mulberry with hints of blue fruits, cinnamon and sweet spice, light bodied but with silky texture. This is unlike any other Syrah I have seen, a perfect red wine for outdoor drinking, it's pretty, lithe, and refreshing (yes, Syrah can be refreshing).