Silk in a Bottle: Ayoub 2015

Dear Oregon Pinot fans,

Can one single wine prove that 2015 is a stronger vintage than 2014? When it is as exquisite as Mo Ayoub's 2015 Estate Pinot noir, the answer is "yes." 

I have never, repeat never, enjoyed drinking a bottle of Ayoub Pinot noir as much as the 2015. As great as any past vintage of Ayoub, the 2015 is the pinnacle of what Mo has worked painstakingly to achieve. It is silk in a bottle. It is a culmination of the greatness of prior vintages, with a cherry on top. 

If you've been sitting on the sidelines waiting to begin adding 2015 Willamette Valley Pinots to your collection, today is the day. The instant gratification factor of this wine is purely awesome -- amazingly it is rivaled by its age-worthiness.

Ayoub Estate Pinot noir 2015

$53.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($59.95 regular) 

When you ask me to describe Ayoub's Estate Pinot in one word, it is an easy choice: silk. Thankfully, I'm not limited to one, because this is worthy of a novel! We were immediately struck by how open and aromatic the '15 is, giving instant pleasure with its beautiful perfume of crushed red berries, sweet orange, and rose. I return to the silk, which envelopes you in red-fruited wonder, with delicate accents of candied orange, dark cocoa, and baking spices. I finished the bottle 48 hours after opening and it was every bit as fresh, pure and silky, perhaps more so. It is incredibly rare to recommend equally that you open it now and that you age it for 10 years.

Having tasted each and every vintage of Ayoub Pinot noir, beginning with 2003 (which was not commercially released), I am fully confident this is a wine for the ages. - Marcus

Ayoub Memoirs Pinot noir 2015

$34.15 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($37.95 regular) 

By far the best Memoirs bottling to date, this compares favorably to Mo's single vineyard wines. Beaming with red fruits and attractive spices, it is a thoroughly engaging wine today and will age nicely should you be able to resist drinking it over the coming months. - Marcus

From Mo: "Memoirs is my fond personal tribute to my family.  This year's label features a picture of my mom Latifeh, to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of her passing. The 2015 Memoirs is a blend of Pinot Noir crafted from six select vineyards in the Dundee Hills & McMinnville AVAs.

The enticing nose is layered with spiced cherry pie, strawberry coulis, cinnamon and cigar box. Soft dark red fruit on the palate leading into a profound mouth-feel that layers your tongue with fruit, elegance and exotic spices. This expression of Pinot Noir is of its purest form, a blend of all vineyards showing all colors of my mother's memories. This is a beautiful wine and my mom will be proud!  Best from 2017 to 2025."

Ayoub Memoirs Pinot noir is Mo Ayoub's tribute to his family; each vintage features a different family photo.

We're looking forward to helping you with an order. Thank you for reading and for your support!

Marcus and Andy