Friday Sips

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Today, February 23 from 1:30 - 6:30
Four local Pinot Noir selections on display this week as we feature diverse blended Pinot Noirs that come from fruit spread around the Willamette Valley

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$22.99 BTL./$275.88 CASE

Will Hamilton’s Violin wines are poised to become a bit like his friends' at Walter Scott’s, ones that will take off and soon become scarce and not easy to obtain.

Sourced from five vineyard sites (Eola Springs, Sojourner, Sylvia Sproed from Eola Hills and First Man and Sunny Valley) this is a prototype Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with quite a bit of extra textural aspects and aromatic dimension. It is also soars much higher than its 24-dollar price tag. Violet, plum, lavender, red licorice, kisses of tarragon and cinnamon follow through to a sultry texture with deceptive depth, poise and material. Like any superb Pinot Noir, this wine fans out nicely on the palate, extends beautifully, and sticks around. Very lovable now and can age nicely over the next 6-8 years.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Marcus Goodfellow has been thrilling Oregon wine lovers with his Matello wines and now is making wines under his namesake label of Goodfellow Family Wines. As we head into the future and with the ever-rising costs of Pinot Noir grapes, one has to wonder just how long we are going to continue to see value-oriented wines such as this.

Blended from some of Marcus’s top sources - Whistling Ridge Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge district, Durant in the Dundee Hills, and Bishop Creek in Yamhill-Carlton, the 2015 is an appealing, extremely well crafted Pinot that performs mightily but never overacts. Stylish red and blackcurrant fruit permeates from the glass and enhanced by intertwined cinnamon, violet and red earth. The smooth, velvet-laden mouth filling texture that seduces lingers and calls you back for another glass. Support the home team, drink this pinot now over the next 3-4 years with a range of dishes from grilled salmon to lamb shanks to pork roast and smoked fowl.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Having lived here for over 20 years now and looking at just how the Oregon wine scene has grown, it stymies us to believe that it has only been a decade since we were placing Boedecker on our list of rising star producers. No longer on the rising star list and now on the established star list, the husband and wife team of Stewart Boedecker and Athena Pappas have been creating award-winning wines of quality and passion and their new 2014 Willamette is an exceptional value for 20 bucks.

Sensual aromas of ripe raspberry and plum with a beautiful exotic spice are both poised and outgoing at the same time. In the mouth, the berry flavors continue only with more of a presence of wild strawberry, dark cherry, and hints of earth. Here is where you can feel it is from the New World, as its, weight, richness, and intensity take over, yet without ever losing its elegance or endurance. Drink through 2022.

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$37.99 BTL./$455.88 CASE

We step it up from everyday Pinot Noir wines that have been blended from several vineyards to looking at a version that is a full on Reserve wine from excellent sources. Based in Carlton, Byron Dooley’s Seven of Hearts have been toothsome wines that age really well. They also never tread into the boat plank and bottle of jam category.

From Armstrong Vineyard (60%) in Ribbon Ridge and Bjornson (40%) in the Eola-Amity, this wine is a terrific marriage between the wonderful elegance and earth that true Pinot Noir achieves and the rich fruit and structure that come from soil and what Mother Nature has to offer in specific vintages. Notes of fraise du bois, saffron, violet and rose petal waft from the glass. This stunning pinot softly rolls on to your tongue but fans out with great breadth of flavor and a fine texture. Although this wine is quite accessible now, the finish is extensive with structure, grip and the stuff to age beautifully over the next 15 years.