From the Rooftops: Two Favorite '14s, Regardless of Price

Dear Oregon Pinot fans,

I wrote this at my kitchen table with nothing but coffee and sheer enthusiasm fueling me. While the coffee's effects faded, the enthusiasm did not. It turns out Andy was doing the same thing this morning. 

The thrill of new discoveries, of inspiration, of sharing these fantastic wines with you drives us.

These are two of our favorite 2014 Oregon Pinots, regardless of price.

We wish these were our wines. Pinots we farmed, crushed, fermented, bottled. We'd stand on rooftops yelling about how great they are. They aren't our wines, but we're still going to stand on our electronic rooftop and let you know these awesome new Pinots from two vastly talented winemakers are not to be missed! Buy them! 

Twill Northern Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2014

$22.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($24.95 regular)

Twill Cellars is our Oregon new discovery of the year. This wine demonstrates why. It displays outstanding complexity and elegance for the price, delivering aromatic brilliance unseen in $25 Oregon Pinot. Beautifully brimming with red fruits, adding cinnamon and hibiscus, transitioning to blood orange and an exotic musk note that's savory and sweet. Patience is practiced the cellar; this is aged for 22 months in mostly neutral oak barrels to allow for more elegance and detail to develop and concentrate. - Marcus 

This wine is all about elegance. I don't mean the wallflower kind, either. I mean Dame Judy Dench. She commands the room in the best sort of way. An engaging blend of spices from my grandmother's midwest kitchen meets everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer on one of our cold clear days. Tasting of Morello cherry and a ridiculously engaging orange peel note that I found myself chasing long after my glass was empty. - Andy

Love and Squalor Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2014

$22.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($24.95 regular)

Winemaker Matt Berson stopped by the store yesterday to remind us of how good his Pinot noir is. Supremely honest Pinot, with a measured approach to the the ripe and lusty 2014 vintage. Still beautifully layered with fruit -- black and red cherry, in particular -- with a gorgeous texture and savory lavender sexiness to the bright finish. Sign me up. A customer favorite for the last several vintages, this vintage exemplifies why. - Marcus 

Do you have space in your wine fridge, cellar, or cabinet for a case of can't-miss Pinot? You should make room anywhere you can: clear out the snack cupboard (potato chips are bad for you anyway), take those old clothes to Goodwill and dive right in to Love & Squalor 2014! Combining vineyards from up and down the valley, Matt has assembled a Monday through Thursday Pinot that you will still crave on Friday and Saturday. High-toned cherry and raspberry fruit glides, combining with the vibe of leather-bound books being read while smoking a pipe. I love this wine. - Andy