Knockout Chard Values, Essential Pinots: Brick House, Goodfellow

We went to one of the best Oregon portfolio tastings Monday, packed with household names in Pinot noir and Chardonnay. The cream of the bountiful crop? Brick House and Goodfellow, no strangers to our list of favorites producers and wines in any given vintage. Two brand new Chards emerged as knockout, stupendous values. And two Pinots reminded us of why they're essential wines in any discussion of Willamette Valley Pinot.  

First, two of best Chardonnay values you'll ever find: 

We'll be immodest: we were the first major wine retailer in the country to get behind Oregon Chardonnay. Because it's been so long that we've beaten the Chard drum, perhaps we've taken for granted that people know the typical Oregon Chardonnay style: fresh, lively, citrusy, minerally, clean, our style will change your mind about domestic Chardonnay. If you never want to drink big, buttery, oaky, flabby Chard again, we've got you covered!  And how can you go wrong with these prices?!

Brick House Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay 2016
$21.55 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order
($23.95 regular) 
A knockout, from taste to value. Sophisticated and refreshing, this suave beauty exudes Meyer lemon, pear, crushed minerals and jasmine. Expect to see this by-the-glass at the finest restaurants in the country -- they'd be daft not to offer it. Brick House's Chardonnay program is an homage to the great white wines of Burgundy, which gives you more than a hint at their stylistic leanings. - Marcus   

Goodfellow Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2017
$22.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order
($24.95 regular) 
This is drinking so beautifully and when learning the price, all I could do was shake my head in disbelief. Dynamite juiciness and creaminess. Loaded with lemon curd, tangerine and key lime, with a little flinty accent, it's strikes a great balance of rich and racy. From Durant Vineyard. - Marcus   

And two of the best Oregon Pinots you'll find: 
It had been a few months since we'd tasted the '16 Les Dij and Durant Pinots, and they were positively soaring from the glass Monday. You can buy them for the cellar but as we were reminded Monday, you can buy them for the dinner table and the glass. They're delicious! 

Brick House Les Dijonnais Pinot noir 2016
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular) 
Brick House is on a serious roll -- to me, the wines have never been better. Les Dijonnais '16 is simply sublime, densely packed with the most attractive array of red berries, wrapped delicately in a tapestry of floral, clove, and mineral tones. An essential Pinot noir in any Oregon collection. 
94 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and harmonious, with effortlessly complex violet, raspberry and river stone accents that take on richness toward a lingering finish. Drink now through 2025."

Goodfellow Durant Vineyard Pinot noir 2016
$39.55 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($43.95 regular) 
Expressive bright cherry and dried rose opens up, with delectable blood orange accents. Energetic red fruit and savory ribbons pulse throughout, with depth and power through the finish. Beautiful acidity, tons of dry extract -- this wine will age a decade with ease but hot damn is it drinking well right now. Goodfellow likens it to a Jaguar E-Type convertible: lithe, powerful, sleek, rich, classic. A superb, old vine site in the Dundee Hills, Durant was planted in 1973 and 1993. - Marcus
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