Get In On The Best Kept Secret: 2018s!

While buried under snow and ice for a few days, we recalled the hype that built around spectacular Oregon vintages like 2008 and 2012. Over the last several months, we've tasted, believed, and now know that we're experiencing the same kind of greatness in 2018.

But in the world outside Oregon, it's been a little quiet. It makes sense—the pandemic has kept wine critics and Pinot lovers from traveling here and getting to know and experience the breadth of 2018. By now, they *should* be devoting pages and front covers to our extraordinary 2018s.

We're okay that it's a bit of a secret—it means smart Pinot fans (you!) have greater access to the best wines. That's really the story of Oregon Pinot: one of the best kept wine secrets anywhere.

We've had a number of best-vintages-yet already, and there are sure to be more. Make space in your cellar, basement, fridge, pallet locker, wherever for these 2018 classics!

$35.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($39.95 regular)

Us: Expressively bright and red-fruited, with a heavenly Pinot perfume. Pulsing with energy and more than anything, totally pretty throughout, there’s a shimmering depth lurking beneath the surface.

95 points Wine Advocate: "Extraordinarily perfumed this vintage, with scents of rose petals, Earl Grey tea, lavender and loads of intense black fruits. The palate is arresting, seamless and silky and loaded with perfumed flavors that call you back again and again to the glass. It's one of the loveliest Pinot Noirs I've tasted this vintage from the Willamette Valley."

$49.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($54.95 regular)

Us: One of a literal handful of Oregon Pinots to buy every single vintage and yet somehow, the 2018 is even better than that. It's the best Cuvee J we've tasted; it's damn near perfect.

Cuvee J is always the most textural Evesham Wood wine but in 2018, the weight and feel is spellbinding. The ideal partnership of bright and dark, cool and succulent. The '18 builds on the trademark J density and adds more concentration and more balancing freshness and levity. It would be mythical if I hadn't tasted it. Twice. Impossibly irresistible right now for its combination of sultry and cerebral, we can't wait to open another bottle this weekend and we can't wait to enjoy one in 20 years.

$49.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($54.95 regular)

Us: Sublime magic. It's gorgeous–among the best 2018 Pinots I've tasted. The aromas are so alive they jump from the glass; its a scent you allow to take over your brain. Commanding in an understated way, it makes you listen because of its quiet perfection. Elegantly composed of the most attractive array of red berries, wrapped in a tapestry of floral and mineral silken threads. It's captivating on day one, even better on day two and three. An essential Pinot noir in any Oregon collection. 

94 points Wine Spectator, Highly Recommended: "Ethereal and expressively floral, with multilayered raspberry, rose petal and cherry blossom flavors, plus orange peel accents that build richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2028."

$79.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($99.95 regular)

Us: The most complete Sequitur Pinot noir yet, the '18 is super-impressive especially for its texture and feellayers upon layers of silky deliciousness, all woven together by a discreet latticework of structure elements. It is thrilling to drink now because of its deeply concentrated yet brightly energetic heart of Pinot noir; our Pinot collectors will love stashing this in the cellar for the coming years.

97 points James Suckling: "A very succulent, concentrated pinot with a strong (40%) whole-cluster influence, delivering sappy, fresh and aromatic lift to the blueberry and ripe-cherry aromas. The palate has such succulent and assertive tannin drive, yet the textural interface remains silky and fluid. It has depth and volume and a very commanding finish. Give this some time. Try from 2024."

$85.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($94.95 regular)

Us: A beautiful wine and a clear standout among the myriad 2018s we've tasted. It moves so effortlessly, floating without gravity from one billowy Pinot cloud to another. Especially succulent on day two. We highly recommend it.

#9 in Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2020, 95 points Wine Spectator, Highly Recommended: "A wine of presence and expression, impeccably structured yet elegantly layered, with evocative raspberry, rose petal and brown baking spice notes that pick up richness and tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029."