The Celebration Continues: "Greatest Hits" of 2019 Pinot
We always, always, rely on our own tastes when it comes to which wines we recommend and sell. When our expert tastes and critics' ratings are in agreement, we often create the most popular wines of the year.
As a partner to our favorite Pinots of the year list, which focused on our raves and recommendations alone, we offer today the "greatest hits" of Willamette Valley Pinot 2019 so far, focusing on highly rated Pinots which we think are entirely deserving of praise. Thanks for reading and for your support! Alexana Terroir Series Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2016
$32.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($35.95 regular)
94 points Wine Spectator, Highly Recommended:"Precise and harmonious, offering layered raspberry and cherry flavors laced with smoky anise and spice notes, building richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025."
Us:Is the review for real? Damn right it is. Alexana has hit new levels with 2016. Aromas of rollicking red fruits, nutmeg, and cocoa powder usher you to rich black cherry and violet. An outstanding value in Willamette Valley Pinot because it packs so much into a reasonably priced wine. - Marcus
$25.15 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($27.95 regular)
93 points Wine Spectator, Smart Buy:"Graceful and vibrant, with expressive rose petal, raspberry and crushed stone notes that take on richness and depth toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026."
Us:Given its track record the last three vintages, Dopp Creek has firmly established itself as one of the best values in Willamette Valley Pinot noir. The 2017 is OUR pick of the last three vintages (yes, you read that right). What we love about it: wonderful aromas, silky-bodied cherry-red berry fruit, excellent balance, classic Willamette Valley Pinot.
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular)
94 points Wine Spectator:"Sleek and harmonious, with efortlessly complex violet, raspberry and river stone accents that take on richness toward a lingering finish. Drink now through 2025." Also 94 points from Vinous!
Us: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. We've had a bottle open for four days and it's still bright and fresh -- this should last a good long while in your cellar, unless you want to dive right in now which we wholeheartedly encourage. We expected righteous scores for this most righteous wine. An essential Pinot noir in any Oregon collection.
$85.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($94.95 regular)
95 points Wine Spectator, Highly Recommended:"Combines structure with verve, offering richly expressive raspberry, violet and orange peel flavors that take on polish and complexity toward well buffed tannins. Drink now through 2028." Also94-95from Vinous!
Us:A gorgeous vintage of Beaux Freres Vineyard, with a seamlessness I don't ever recall tasting in this wine, in any vintage. What that means: from start to finish, the wine moves so effortlessly, like floating without gravity from one billowy Pinot cloud to another. Wonderfully pretty, fresh and vibrant, a characteristic of 2017, with understated power and energy. Tasted twice with the same impression.
$46.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($51.95 regular)
96 points PinotFile:"A step up in seduction, with hi-tone aromas of cherry and savory oak. Quite elegant but flavor packed, offering cherry and Marionberry fruit flavors with a gregarious spice compliment that wakes up every taste bud. Sleek and seamless, while underscored with an ever-so-subtle savory component. Very fine tannins coat the teeth with grace and the barrel treatment is dazzling. Even better when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle when the wine was just about perfect in every way. Dollar for dollar, the best Oregon Pinot Noir I have tasted from the stellar 2016 vintage."
Us: Fantastic Pinot noir! Sometimes you gotta K.I.S.S.
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular)
95 points Vinous:"A highly complex bouquet evokes red berry preserve and cherry aromas, along with sexy Asian spice, rose oil and smoky mineral accents. Shows impressive delineation on the palate, offering concentrated, spice-tinged red fruit liqueur, cola and spicecake flavors that pick up a strong floral pastille nuance with air. Finishes extremely long and pure, with fine-grained tannins providing shape and grip to lingering raspberry and bitter chocolate notes.
Us: A powerhouse vintage for Belle Pente's Estate Reserve, with early-drinking precociousness marrying potential for a decade of age.
$39.55 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($43.95 regular)
94 points from Vinous, Wine Enthusiast, AND PinotFile:We think the quote from Wine Enthusiast sums it up best: "This vintage of Jessica is a rock star of a wine, a full display of winemaking craftsmanship at its best."
Us: Gorgeous wine. Pure and deep, velvety textured and plush yet with excellent verve and balance. A simmering, underlying deft power and inner Pinot sweetness makes it irresistible.
We're looking forward to helping you with an order. Have a great weekend!
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