The spirit of discovery is alive and well in the Willamette Valley! Today, it's yielded two fantastic new reds outside the norms of Pinot: a Gamay from Pray Tell, a winery you'll want to get to know starting now, and a Nebbiolo from one of our favorite wine dudes, Tim Malone. Like many of the best new discoveries in Willamette wine, both are incredibly small production (120 and 30 cases, respectively) and thus, things you should snatch up quickly. Pray Tell Gamay Noir 2017
$28.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order
The best-selling Gamay at the 2019 I Love Gamay festival tasting, for a reason. Bright and beautiful, electric and silky, it's one of the tastiest 2017 Willamette Valley wines we've had, including all the Pinots. A nose that's so welcoming you want to swan-dive into the glass, a bowlful of black cherries and red berries, a floral and white pepper lift, a mouthwateringly fresh finish. It moves similar to Pinot noir but with Gamay's snappy energy (the point is: don't be afraid of the Gamay!). Perfect with fresh Oregon troll-caught king salmon off the grill -- in fact, my favorite red wine/salmon pairing this year. Only 120 cases made.
Gamay is the first wine from Pray Tell, the wife-husband team of Willamette Valley wine veterans Jess and Tom. They each have "day jobs" -- Jess as Bergstrom's cellar master, Tom as logistics coordinator for a local importer -- and will be releasing four more wines in fall of 2019 (Pinot noir and Chardonnay). Based on the strength of their Gamay, we can't wait to taste the rest! - Marcus
One sniff and it's unmistakably, wonderfully Nebbiolo. Tim captured the alluring aromatics of bright cherry, crushed rose, orange zest, delicate spice accents -- it's divine. Fresh, pretty, and hard to resist now. For a stylistic comparison, this is more along the lines of Alto-Piemonte and will pair with dozens of dishes. Apolloni Vineyard is on the far northwest reaches of the Willamette Valley; a tiny, tiny production of 30 cases was lovingly coaxed forth.
Tim Malone makes some of the most exciting, best-value wines in Oregon. From Gorge Viognier and Nebbiolo Rosé to Willamette Valley Pinot and Chardonnay, he delivers tons of flavor for downright humble prices. - Marcus
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