Pack of Pinots
Vintage 2014 a bevy of beauties
The 2014 vintage brought warm, steady weather for ripening and lots of pristine fruit. The result? A glut of gorgeous Pinot Noir that could disappear in a hurry. Whether masculine, feminine, savory or fruit-forward, there is something to please every Pinot loving-palate.
Armonéa 2014 Russell Grooters Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir
The unmistakable and gorgeous presence of blueberry from beginning to end melds with bay leaf, white floral notes and rich earthy undertones. Concentrated and smooth on the palate with balanced acidity and a long finish.
$40; 275 cases
Hawkins Cellars 2014 Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
A full olfactory affair, this Pinot makes you lean in and breathe deep. Meat, leather, cranberry and coffee on the nose lead to dark cherry, black licorice and coffee grounds on the palate. Bright but with enough muscle to grip you tight, hold you steady and finish long.
$32; 160 cases
Alloro 2014 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
From its initial aromas to the last lingering flavors, this wine delivers a bevy of berries. Add bready notes of baguette with hints of cedar, earth, leather and mushrooms to create a sensuous experience punctuated with a rich, full finish.
$35; 1,600 cases
Joleté 2014 Cuvée Select Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Its rosé-like quaffability makes this wine a serial sipper. Bright and light with notes of cherry, spice and cranberry on the nose and palate, this is a super food-friendly selection.
$30; 290 cases
Dobbes Family Estate 2014 Grand Assemblage Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Dark and brooding, yet approachable, the wine offers aromas of cranberry, slate, stone, orange zest and tobacco. The palate presents an undercurrent of mature red fruit, tar-like richness, tobacco and baking chocolate. The perfect Pinot for steak.
$28; 2,800 cases
Spindrift Cellars 2014 OSU Woodhall III Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Aromas of plum, cranberry, floral and vanilla spice — reminiscent of freshly cut wood — shows a softer side of Pinot. On the palate, discover ripe strawberry and sour cherry. A lengthy yet gentle finish slowly fades like the last drops of a still and steady rain — definitely an Oregon wine.
$26; 168 cases
Reustle Prayer Rock 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Umpqua Valley Pinot Noir
Looking for a soft, supple Pinot to sip fireside? Aromas of soothing fresh mint, tea leaves, toasted oak and cherry are joined on the palate by melted milk chocolate. A flash of bright cherry at the end adds to the already intriguing tasty interlude.
$39; 340 cases
Cubanísimo 2014 Rumba Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Perfect for a fall day, its flavors and aromas of juicy baked apple seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice combine with hints of cranberry and bramble for a truly smooth any-season sip.
$25; 560 cases
Left Coast 2014 Right Bank Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Cherry, cherry, boo-berry — but in a very sophisticated sense — this Pinot’s cherry flavor presents as simmered, concentrated and fruit leather; notes of raspberry, eucalyptus and slate round out the profile. Full and rich with enough tannin to hold its own with lamb, the flavors blossom into an extended, balanced finish.
$42; 275 cases
Bluebird Hill Cellars 2014 Zenith Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
A classic Willamette Valley Pinot with notes of cherry and white pepper. Tart, savory and spicy notes blend beautifully with a hint of salinity, creating a light, bright wine with a long, flavorful finish.
$32; 38 cases
Brandborg Winery 2014 Hundredth Valley Elkton Pinot Noir
A little shy at first, this wine will reward you with cherry, forest floor, dried tea leaves and a vanilla-tinged finish. Approachable, yet nuanced, and perfect for pairing.
$30; 162 cases
Calamity Hill 2014 Garden Shed Red Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
This wine is tantric. It does not stop, and you don’t want it to. Raspberry, mint, unsweetened cocoa powder and cola on the nose. Chocolate notes repeat on the palate with cran-raspberry juice. Big and balanced, it bursts, melds and lingers. Yes, please.
$29; 45 cases
Aubichon 2014 Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Notice the cherry, clove, mushrooms, dried herbs and tobacco. Did you miss it? Try again. Each nuance is present yet blended so beautifully. Go ahead, and enjoy this pure drinking experience.
$50; 71 cases
Kramer Vineyards 2014 Heritage Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir
A base of cherry wood centers this wine made complex with layers of cranberry, orange zest, spice, blueberry and rich soil flavors. Acid and tannin perform in perfect rhythm.
$45; 125 cases
Duck Pond 2014 Fries Family South Salem Hills Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Pretty, fruity berry flavors — Marionberry, boysenberry, lingonberry — are warmed with cinnamon and marzipan. Rose leaf tea and lilies add to the feminine mystique. Its full palate grows through to the finish.
$28; 146 cases
Coeur de Terre 2014 Heritage Reserve Estate McMinnville Pinot Noir
Timid in the beginning, this savory, complex Pinot really opens up once you get to know it. Blackberry, plum and leather on the nose are followed by plum sauce, more leather and a hint of delicious meat broth on the palate. An extended finish offers yet another intriguing flavor: dried culinary herbs.
$36; 728 cases
Big Table Farm 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Expressing the delicate nuances of Pinot Noir, this selection seduces with aromas of fresh, lively strawberry, rose petal and sage. On the palate, strawberry and sage are joined by raspberry and a deep cola undertone.
$42; 2,000 cases