Staking a Claim: Serious Sub $30 Oregon Pinot

The $25-30 price range for Willamette Valley Pinot noir represents somewhat of a no-man's land. Most often, they're not quite cheap enough to inspire a Goldrush-like move to Oregon, and they're often not quite expensive enough to be viewed as "serious Pinot."  

Today we're planting our flag squarely in this no-man's land, claiming it as a home for these three fantastic Oregon Pinots, and others like them. Let them be serious, know they are seriously tasty. 

2014 vintage - $10 = BUY
Patricia Green Cellars Estate Old Vine Pinot noir 2014

$26.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($29.95 regular

Andy and I have looked forward to this release since we first tasted it nearly a year ago. From vines planted between 1984 and 1990, this equally rich and refined Pinot noir shows classic Ribbon Ridge qualities of dark berries mingling with savory and mineral notes. It is delicious today and even delicouser (yep) after being open for a day. Even better? It is $10 cheaper than the 2013, making it a fantastic value in old vine, estate grown Willamette Valley Pinot. - Marcus

The best Entre Nous to date 
Crowley Entre Nous Pinot noir 2014 

$26.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($29.95 regular

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Crowley delivered an incredibly strong line-up of 2014s, including the best Entre Nous bottling yet. Hailing from La Colina, Laurel Hood, and Four Winds vineyards, this superb Pinot over-delivers in every way. Multi-spectrum fruit, from red to blue to purple, excellent push-pull between rich fruit and vibrant energy, a resonant finish -- what more could we want from a sub-$30 Pinot? - Marcus

A rocking newcomer 
Violin Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2014

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

We met Will Hamilton through mutual friends Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon, proprietors of Walter Scott. Will helps them in the cellar and in exchange, makes his own Violin wines in their small space. Over a few sunny afternoons we developed respect and fondness for his general demeanor and approach to winemaking. 

Will's Willamette Valley '14 offers dynamite value, opening with beguiling aromas of mixed red and black fruit along with sweet fir forest - a smell that is difficult to put into words for a non-Oregonian but that is one of the most wonderful scents on earth. The sweet and savory interplay of dark cherry, wild berry, and spice flavors builds momentum through the finish. Especially good with a meal today, it drinks even better on the second night. - Marcus

A blend of four vineyards including Eola Springs (25%) and Methven (35%) in the Eola-Amity Hills,  First Man in the foothills of the Coast Range (25%), and Sunny Mountain in the South Willamette (15%).

We look forward to helping you with an order. Thanks for reading and for your support!