Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Beaux Freres Pinot Noir 2011
Beaux Freres Pinot Noir 2011
(search item no. 122944)
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $52.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

As usual this is the most forward of Beaux Freres wines - medium dark ruby with an attractive, evolving perfume of cherries, raspberries, and a subtle wood spice. is is an elegant, stylish Pinot, medium bodied, fresh, vibrant, and very pure. The cool, late harvest has imprinted its character on this wine of transcendental fruit purity. 
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About Beaux Freres Vineyard:

The Beaux Frères Vineyard is located on an 86-acre farm atop Ribbon Ridge in the Chehalem Valley near Newberg (Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA). Tall and stately Douglas fir trees cover nearly 50 acres of the farm, with homestead and winery buildings occupying another 6 acres. The vineyard is situated on 30 acres (24 of which are planted) of steep, contiguous southeast, south and southwest facing hillsides of Willakenzie soils at elevations of around 400 feet.

Planting began in 1988 with Pinot Noir vines planted tightly spaced at a density of about 2200 plants to the acre. Currently the vines range in age from 3 to 12 years and are a mixture of own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil clones and various of the new Dijon clones on phylloxera-resistant rootstocks.

This new parcel is located a good spoon-mashie-niblick combination as the golf ball flies northwest from heart of The Beaux Frères Vineyard. The 'Upper Terrace' vineyard is ten plantable acres of southeast-facing hillsides of Willakenzie soils at elevations similar to those of The Beaux Frères Vineyard. Eight of the ten acres are currently planted to various of the new Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. We look for good things to come from this new parcel beginning with the 2002 vintage.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    South Africa    South Africa   
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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2010
Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 120110)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The terroir of the Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir gives rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of the wine. This Pinot Noir is not overtly fruity, soft and "sweet," and it generally shows hints of that alluring "primal" character, along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume.
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About Hamilton Russell:

Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa. The estate specializes in producing highly individual, terroir-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Founder, Tim Hamilton Russell purchased the undeveloped 170 hectare property in 1975. His son, Anthony, purchasing property in 1994, focused their efforts on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay only and registered Hamilton Russell Vineyards as an estate, committing to work only with grapes from their terroir. Extensive soil research initiated in 1994 identified 52 hectares of stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil as optimal for their signature style and all plantings have now been limited to this soil type. Anthony, with winemaker Hannes Storm and viticulturist Johan Montgomery, are completely dedicated to expressing the personality of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards terroir in their wines.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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Evening Land La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Evening Land La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 123009)
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Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $62.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Clear ruby red in color with purple tones; the elegant nose dances between red and black wild berry aromas. The nose has layers of fragrant floral and spice notes including rose, lavender, exotic anise, and cinnamon. Complex aromas that are tight and subdued and take a few moments in the glass to develop. The palate has a fine texture of soft tannins with purity of flavors of bright cherry and a crushed rock character. The wine has wonderful balance and suppleness that sustain the elegant long finish.
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About Evening Land:

Founded in 2005, Evening Land Vineyards is an ambitious and unique project dedicated to making world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the finest sites in California, Oregon and France. From the storied clay and limestone soils of Burgundy to the Eola-Amity Hills in Oregon, the true Sonoma Coast in Occidental and the western lip of Santa Barbara County's Sta. Rita Hills, Evening Land produces wines imbued with spirit of place.


Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Argyle Brut 2009
Argyle Brut 2009
(search item no. 121772)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Oregon sparkling wine truly brings zest to life! The nose of lemon curd, raw honey, and almond biscotti harkens to the uplifting and refreshing palate to follow. With a fine mousse that buoys one up and flavors of Comice pear, custard, and marzipan that dance across your tongue, one cannot resist a grin as the effervescence slowly fades to a clean, minerally, citrus-toned finish. With the second sip, you're guaranteed to be in an elevated state. Brut makes you better!

Blend: 59% Pinot Noir, 41% Chardonnay

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About Argyle:

Twenty-five years ago, Argyle began making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Since 1987, winemaker Rollin Soles and viticulturist Allen Holstein have teamed up to produce world-class method champenoise sparkling wines, barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and silky-textured Pinor Noir from low-yielding vines that are winery farmed on some of the best hillside slopes and elevations. Argyle wines have received a total of 11 Wine Spectator Top 100 designations - more than any other winery in Oregon. The Argyle wines represented on this list include sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, truly making Argyle one of the finest practitioners of the craft of elegant, long-lived winegrowing.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 119500)
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

If the Willamette Valley Pinot is the more hedonistic, then this is the more intellectual older sibling - showing its breeding as well as restraint. Medium ruby color, aromatically very pure nose of sweet and sour cherries, red currants, pomegranate and even a refreshing touch of ruby red grapefruit. Reminds us of a red-fruited, Côte de Beaune. Medium bodied, elegant, pure and racy. The tannins are extremely well integrated, balanced by zesty acid. This is a sleek, lite, yet subtly muscular Pinot.
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About Beaux Freres Vineyard:

The Beaux Frères Vineyard is located on an 86-acre farm atop Ribbon Ridge in the Chehalem Valley near Newberg (Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA). Tall and stately Douglas fir trees cover nearly 50 acres of the farm, with homestead and winery buildings occupying another 6 acres. The vineyard is situated on 30 acres (24 of which are planted) of steep, contiguous southeast, south and southwest facing hillsides of Willakenzie soils at elevations of around 400 feet.

Planting began in 1988 with Pinot Noir vines planted tightly spaced at a density of about 2200 plants to the acre. Currently the vines range in age from 3 to 12 years and are a mixture of own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil clones and various of the new Dijon clones on phylloxera-resistant rootstocks.

This new parcel is located a good spoon-mashie-niblick combination as the golf ball flies northwest from heart of The Beaux Frères Vineyard. The 'Upper Terrace' vineyard is ten plantable acres of southeast-facing hillsides of Willakenzie soils at elevations similar to those of The Beaux Frères Vineyard. Eight of the ten acres are currently planted to various of the new Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. We look for good things to come from this new parcel beginning with the 2002 vintage.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Bethel Heights Casteel Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
Bethel Heights Casteel Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 122968)
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Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $57.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine opens with aromas of blueberries, yellow plums, hints of oak spice, and a blackberry sorbet. The palate lush and full, with black cherries and blueberries over lively acidity and a robust backbone of tannin.
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About Bethel Heights Vineyard:

Planted between 1977 and 1979, Bethel Heights was one of the first vineyards in the Eola Hills, a chain of hills in the center of Oregon's Willamette Valley. The estate winery was established in 1984 and currently produces 10,000 cases of wine annually, most of which still comes from the 50 acre estate vineyard. Bethel Heights specializes in Pinot Noir, but also produces Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2010
Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 115362)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays red aromas (candied cherry, pomegranate and raspberry), on the nose and the palate. In addition, one finds a light touch of brown spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice). True to our house style, it is elegantly textured with seamlessly integrated, silky, polished tannins.

Pair it with salmon or ahi, veal or pork, poultry (think duck) or beef, or hearty vegetarian entrees.

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About Adelsheim:

Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operatedc winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder, David Adelsheim, has done work throughout the years to benefit both the Oregon and American wine industries: grape and wine research, wine labeling, industry education, and promotion. He is recognized for is "outstanding service" to the industry and has played a vital role in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its reputation worldwide. Today, he leads a current generation of passionate staff devoted to leading the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 2002
Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 2002
(search item no. 120623)
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Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#18 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Only time can bring out the depth of flavors and aromas that our Extended Tirage develops. In this 2002 vintage Extended Tirage, the nose has delicate layers of cut pear, shortbread cookie, flan, persimmon, quince, and funnel cake. Despite being ten years in the bottle, this wine is delightfully fresh and there is no shortage of glorious bubbles welcoming flavors of crisp red pear, straw notes and crusty baguette. The wine's natural acidity brings a fresh crispness that magically melts and somehow goes creamy on the wine's long finish. The 2002 Extended Tirage is another example of a wine that has taken a decade to craft, but the wait has been well worth it.

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About Argyle:

Twenty-five years ago, Argyle began making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Since 1987, winemaker Rollin Soles and viticulturist Allen Holstein have teamed up to produce world-class method champenoise sparkling wines, barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and silky-textured Pinor Noir from low-yielding vines that are winery farmed on some of the best hillside slopes and elevations. Argyle wines have received a total of 11 Wine Spectator Top 100 designations - more than any other winery in Oregon. The Argyle wines represented on this list include sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, truly making Argyle one of the finest practitioners of the craft of elegant, long-lived winegrowing.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Venge Vineyards Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Venge Vineyards Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 119396)
boutique wine
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Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
James Suckling rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $145.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2007 was an outstanding vintage with the vineyard ripening perfectly. This voluminous wine is ripe with heady layers of black cherry, blackberry, espresso bean and our signature cedar box nose. The palate is marked by sweet, velvety tannins and a refined, almost mountain fruit structure followed by a bold and per-sistent finish. There is a ripe and rich sophistication to the wine that while drinking young now will continue to improve for several years to come.
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About Venge Vineyards:

The Venge (ven-ghee) family has farmed vitis viniferra varieties in Napa Valley for nearly a half-century. It is a journey that began when Knud Venge migrated from Denmark to the United States in the early 1900’s. Knud's son, Per Venge, found his passion in the wine and spirits industry and started Vencom Imports, focusing on the importation of Western European fine wines and spirits. It was Per's son, Nils Venge, who left the family business in the 1960's with a vision to study viticulture at UC Davis and establish the family namesake as an icon within the winegrowing community.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 103156)
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Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $179.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1997 The Wine News rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine opens with an abundant nose of candied cherries and ripe plums complex with notes of cedar and pencil shavings, a whiff of black olives and just the faintest hint of jasmine floating above. A lavish attack on the palate is lead by ripe Satsuma plums and marionberries in an ebullient bath of Maraschino liqueur followed by an uninhibited mid-palate of blackcurrants deepened by notes of leather, loam and rich chocolates that oscillate between milk and dark, girded along the way and through the exit into a lengthy finish by plentiful and luxurious tannins. Much like the 2006 Salus Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is drinking delightfully well now but the ample structure should allow it to continue to develop for many decades to come.
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About Staglin Family Vineyard:

Founded in 1985 by Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon, Staglin Family Vineyard takes pride in the tradition of family ownership and participation. With an uncompromising commitment to quality, their mission is to produce world-class wines that reflect the distinctive character of this historic Rutherford Bench estate. As stewards of this land, they farm the vineyard organically, tap into their solar fields for power and produce the wines in a state-of-the-art underground production facility. The Staglins are passionate about their business, their land, their philanthropy and for the meaningful relationships they develop with each passing day. They hope this passion is evident when you enjoy their wines.