2019 Spring Equinox Case Offer
2019 Spring Equinox Case Offer
Wednesday March 20th- Friday March 22nd
The 2016 Vintage for us was one of elegance across the board. From the beginning the wines have exhibited nuance and depth, paired with fine tannins and juicy acidity. Our spring offering gives you one last chance at our vineyard designate wines, as well as an option for more casual everyday drinking.
The Heritage Wines:
choice of wines for your 6-pack, $20 flat rate shipping or free local delivery
2016 Heritage No. 7, Whistling Ridge Vineyard
Heritage #7 was drawn from two puncheons of the Beloved Acre block at Whistling Ridge. Velvety red currant, Italian kitchen herbs, strawberry, kirsch, tobacco leaf, cedar, candied ginger, roses, and heather. Weightlessly intense, with layering, density and structure that is more akin to Barbaresco than Burgundy. This is an extraordinarily complete wine that will cellar through 2035.
2016 Heritage No. 8, Durant Vineyard
The Heritage #8 is a selection of only two puncheons, 75% whole cluster, that stood out as superior quality from the very beginning. Explosive aromatically when it opens up, the No. 8 is elegant, silky, and effortless, with intense floral notes, tobacco leaf, black tea, and pure, oh-so-compelling red fruit.
2015 Heritage No. 4, Whistling Ridge Vineyard
The Heritage wines are built to age, and we have held back wines for later release. I didn’t plan to offer the #4 this spring, but it was just featured in the 2019 Slow Wine Guide and we poured it at the Slow Food/Wine tour earlier this month. It is showing extremely well, to say the least, and one Italian producer tasting at Slow Food stated simply, “this is what Pinot Nero is supposed to taste like".(If you can hear that in your mind with the accent it’s especially lovely). We decided to release just a bit more for early consumption, or as I like to call it...research. Please do decant.
Vineyard Designate Case:
choice of wines for your 12 bottle case, $20 flat rate shipping or free local delivery
2016 Durant Vineyard Chardonnay
From Dijon vines planted in 1993, the volcanic soils of the Durant vineyard provide remarkable Chardonnays. In 2016 the texture is rich and delicate while retaining vibrant purity, linearity and effortlessness. Floral, with lime zest and golden fruit, fresh grain, fennel seed and almond. While delicious now, these Chardonnays from Durant are truly lovely with 5 years in bottle. The 2014 is building into something incredibly special, and the 2013 is spectacular.
2016 “Richard’s Cuvée” Whistling Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay
The Richard’s Cuvée is drawn from four clones of Chardonnay inter-planted together in a single ridge-top acre. In 2016 this wine is restrained, elegant, dense, and rich (does that sound paradoxical? Sure, but it’s true.) Lemon curd, dried flowers, fresh baked bread, sea grasses, smoke, almond paste, and cantaloupe, with a linear finish of zest and crushed oyster shells. Sourced entirely from two 800L foudres. Drink now to 2026.
2016 Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir
Tucked into the the foothills of the Coast Range, far into the south-west corner of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Fir Crest Vineyard is one of Oregon's most under the radar gems. Pinot Noir from this site is dark and intense, yet somehow elegant and precise at the same time. The nose on the 2016 bottling is smoke, forest floor, layers of Blackberry and Black Cap raspberries, a hint of sweet spice, and a perfectly balanced refreshing and savory finish. Drink now (with air) to 2030.
2016 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir
The fruit off of Durant Vineyard in 2016 produced a perfect balance between juice, fine skin tannins, and acidity. The single vineyard shows boysenberry, marionberry, and dried strawberries, accompanied with woodsy notes, leather, and exotic spices. Expressive on the nose, more velvet than silk in the palate, and deeply hued yet refreshingly pretty. Drink now to 2030.
2016 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
The vibrant juiciness of the 2016 vintage pairs perfectly with the structure of Whistling Ridge, one of the truly great sites of Oregon. Unique among our ‘16 single vineyards, this has the clarity of fruit and weightless texture that I associate with Cote de Beaune wines form Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergellesses. This single vineyard bottling shows red currant, black cherry and brown spice, with roses, perfume, deep savory herb, dried ginger, peppercorn, and a sweet citrus pith. Drink now to 2030.
Weeknight Wines Case
choice of wines for your 12 bottle case, free local delivery
2016 Whistling Ridge Blanc
A tremendous vintage. Always one of my favorites, the 2016 is so much fun to drink. With so many nuances, great mid-palate fruit, and bright lemon citrus acidity this is a weeknight wine that aspires to greatness. It opens up smokey and herbaceous, with a touch of diesel, and fruit. Then tarragon, woodruff, grapefruit, pear blossoms, light stone fruit, pink lady apples, river stones, and yuzu are all part of a kaleidoscopic nose. The palate is vivacious, and refreshing, while still texturally silky, clean, and supple. The finish adds tangerines and kumquats, and finishes long and complex with a hint of citrus peel.
2016 “Clover” Reserve Pinot Gris
One of Oregon’s best Pinot Gris bottlings. Aged for 18 months, primarily in 820 liter Acacia foudres. Pair with everything from shellfish, cod, coq au vin, and lighter pasta dishes. Aromas of ripe fresh apple, citrus, mint, yellow flowers, and beeswax, it also picks up hints of green tea, nectarines, and sweet spring grass. The palate is richly textural, but flavors are nectarines and other stone fruit. The finish is bright, salivary, and cleansing, with a strong, lingering mineral presence. Incredible value.
2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
A beautiful wine for an entry level Pinot Noir. So refined, yet more forward than some of the upper tier wines. The nose is deep dark red from floral to fruit. Subtle stem, like a hint of fallen autumn leaves. Slightly more flesh, velvet rather than silk, straightforward, and fresh. With very fine and subtle tannins. If the deepest scarlet had a smell it would be like this wine.
2016 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
More lithe and structured than the Willamette Valley, yet also more dense. Aromas are floral, cranberry, cherry, exotic spices, and underbrush…a very typical cool vintage Whistling Ridge profile. On the palate, this is quenching, medium to light bodied, with similar fruits, loamy earth, leather, and orange peel. Right now, this is a very direct wine-there are no hints, and this was perhaps the easiest tasting note of the offering to write. It will fatten up and smooth out over the next 10 years and probably last at least 15 years in the cellar. Right now, of all the wines, this is the one that most represents the saying that has really become our motto, “we make wines for Negroni drinkers”. It’s clean, light in the mouth, refreshing, red toned, and has the slight bitterness of a well made Negroni (even down to the citrus peel component).
2015 Deux Vert Vineyard Syrah
The first word that popped into my mind on tasting this wine was “fragrant”. It’s openly expressive, filled with brown spice, herb de provence, mulberry, blueberry dried flowers, even hints of leather. The wine carries itself with grace, showing no signs of the heavy ponderous nature this grape can show. There is plenty of power, fine features, refreshing acidity, and enough fine tannin to warrant food alongside. Perhaps a pasta Bolognese, or noodles with butter, Parmesan, and black truffle, lamb would also be perfect.