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Last Friday of the Month Wine Tasting
SPOTLIGHT ON 2012 OREGON PINOT NOIR
4 PM to 8 PM
5 Wines for $25 per person
When Wine Spectator found out we are featuring 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir this month for our Last Friday of the Month Tasting, they raced to run their tasting feature on Oregon in the latest issue just to keep up with us. Or so we suspect. Either way, we agree with the Spectator that it's all about Oregon right now, and the 2012 vintage should be on any serious Pinot-lover's radar.
For this month's tasting on Friday, January 30th, we've assembled a great lineup showcasing five boutique Oregon Pinot Noir producers from diverse micro-appellations that we think really knocked it out of the park in the 2012 vintage.
We look forward to seeing you there. This is a tasting not to be missed! No reservations required.
2012 Andrew Rich "Verbatim" Willamette Valley $25.99
91 points Josh Raynolds: "Vivid ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, cherry pit and cola are sharpened by peppery spices and minerals. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering pliant blackberry and cherry-cola flavors and a subtle touch of licorice. Tangy acidity adds lift and cut to the long, spice-accented finish, which is framed by silky, slow-building tannins."
2012 Chehalem "Stoller Vineyards" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir $49.99
91 points Wine Spectator: "Firm in texture, with mildly gritty tannins around a ripe core of black cherry, root beer and tarry, minerally flavors, lingering on the expressive finish."
2012 Penner Ashe Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $42.99
90 points Josh Raynolds: "Brilliant ruby-red. Intense raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by white pepper, allspice and smoky minerals. On the palate, juicy, sharply focused red fruit flavors stretch out and gain weight with air. Finishes on a lively spicy note, with very good length and sneaky tannins. Distinctly elegant for the vintage and very enjoyable now."
2012 Bethel Heights "Casteel" Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir $64.99
92 points Wine Spectator: "Supple, open-textured, dark and appealing, with pillowy blackberry and dark plum flavors, gliding easily into a long and polished finish. This has expressiveness and detail."
2012 Elk Cove "Roosevelt Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $74.99
92 points Wine Spectator: "Plush and expressive, focused and distinctive, with smoke and licorice overtones to the blueberry and purple plum flavors, lingering harmoniously against well-buffed tannins. Drink now through 2020."
All wines featured in the tasting will be available for purchase.
2010 Samsara Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills AVA, Santa Barbara County
Wine Advocate #196 Aug 2011 (Antonio Galloni)
Grapes sourced from Melville, Turner, Kessler-Haak, and Rita’s Crown Vineyards “The 2010 Pinot Noir emerges from the glass with gorgeous radiant red fruit, flowers and sweet spices in an engaging, supple style that is impossible to resist. It possesses gorgeous mid-palate fleshiness and a clean, understated finish. Floral notes waft from the glass on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Chad Melville manages the vineyards for his family’s Melville estate and makes the Samsara wines in a small rented facility in Lompoc. The wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts, aged in French oak (0-25% new) and bottled with no fining or filtration. The wines see fairly high percentage of whole clusters ranging from 50-100%. These are gorgeous, pure wines from an inspired, young producer whose career will be fascinating to follow.”
Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning the eternal cycle of life. The world we live in now. One of passion, oneness and harmony. This idea is key to the philosophy of Chad and Mary Melville’s Samsara wines. Chad and Mary produce limited releases of Pinot Noir and Syrah from micro-sites within carefully selected vineyards.
They truly believe that they are winegrowers, not winemakers - that is, that all of the important work is done in the vineyard and there is little handling or manipulation once the fruit reaches the winery. That includes the use of whole clusters in their fermentations, which lends a spiciness to the wines that Chad and Mary particularly like. "Stems help to absorb the overt fruitiness of wines. To us, too many California wines are simply about fruit and lack the complexity that we hope to impart to our wines.” From the Winery
Sunday thru Friday, during normal business hours
• $15/ Flight of 3 wines/$10 with purchase of any wine
Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
• $15/5 wines/$10 with purchase of any wine
Craftsman Brewing Co. beer available on tap for $5
We have elegant gift-box presentations to complement any of our wines and are always eager to hand-select, wrap, and ship wine gifts to your friends and clients within your parameters and budget.
Cepage Laguiole Gift Box $54.99
Chateau Laguiole $109.99
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