It's a Good Time to Love Oregon Pinot Noir

"Oregon Strikes Gold with 2016 Pinot Noirs" reads the headline of Wine Spectator's August article on the phenomenal winning streak of Willamette Valley vintages. We've been talking up the 2016 vintage for months now and it's great to see the recognition. It's not hype; it's a good time to love Oregon Pinot noir, which is exactly how Wine Spectator concluded.

"Leave room in the cellar for the spirited 2016s" might be our favorite quote of all -- we can't say it better ourselves! The '16s are super tasty already so no cellar, no problem. 

Which brings us to today's featured 2016s: the wonderful new line-up from Le Cadeau, a winery we've followed since their first vintage back in 2002. The '16s we tasted yesterday represent the strongest showing yet from Le Cadeau. Highly rated and approved by your favorite Oregon Pinot experts (us!), you'll love diving into these beauties.

Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot noir 2016

$44.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order
($49.95 regular) 
94 points Wine Spectator Insider: "Silky, expressive and showing effortless complexity, with raspberry, orange zest and spiced cinnamon flavors that take on richness and depth on a lingering finish. Drink now through 2024." 
Brimming with delicious red fruits, showing fresh and savory through the persistent finish, Cote Est is pure silk and is already drinking beautifully. I see no reason to delay gratification. 183 cases made. - Marcus

Le Cadeau Pierre Reserve Pinot noir 2016

$71.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order
($79.95 regular) 
We were lucky to get a sneak preview yesterday of this not-yet-released wonder. We loved it so much that we asked if we could offer it today. Not yet rated, and we won't (ever) assign a number, but we'll say it's the best wine from Le Cadeau we've ever tasted. A collaboration between consulting enologist Pierre Millemann and winemaker Steve Ryan, Pierre is "an exploration of aromatic freshness, higher acidity, and elegance." Based on our tasting, they nailed it. We both wrote "gorgeous," and went on with suave, seamless, showy elegance and perhaps the most on point, whoaOnly two barrels (50 cases) made -- once the winery begins pouring this regularly, that's going to disappear. - the both of us

Le Cadeau Rocheux Pinot noir 2016
$44.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($49.95 regular) 
93 points Wine Spectator Insider: "Graceful and polished, with expressive raspberry, violet and delicate licorice accents that take on richness and depth toward the lingering finish. Drink now through 2025."
Rocheux, meaning "rocky," plays the slightly darker red side of 2016, adding subtle spice to the regally structured finish. 168 cases made. - Marcus

Le Cadeau Red Label Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2016
$33.25 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order
($35.95 regular) 
92 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive for the polish and presence, offering impeccable structure and expressive raspberry and pomegranate flavors, accented by anise and dark tea. Drink now through 2024."
An excellent introduction to the Le Cadeau style, Red Label is a blend compromised of all blocks within Le Cadeau's estate vineyard. The one wine that is made by both of Le Cadeau's winemakers, Steve Ryan and Jim Sanders, this is super-accessible Pinot. 248 cases made. 
We're looking forward to helping you with an order. Thanks for your support!

Marcus and Andy