Wines For Your Weekend Enjoyment

Another exciting month has passed, filled with inspiring wines for all tastes. We hope you have great wines lined up for the weekend and in case you need any inspiration or provisions for future weekends, here are a half dozen standouts from the month. Cheers to you, and thanks for your support! 

Hundred Suns Old Eight Cut Pinot noir 2015
$26.05 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($28.95 regular) 
Former Beaux Freres winemaker launches his family label
This wine is all about purity, which begins with its name: a diamond cut from the 1300s that enhanced the stone's natural brilliance without hiding its true nature. A mix of red and blue fruits, a supple and satiny texture, spicy and savory ribbons woven throughout. 250 cases made, a blend of three vineyards: 40% Flanerie, 32% Sequitur, and 28% Jesse James. 

Saviah Walla Walla Valley Syrah 2014
$26.05 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($29.95 regular) 
92 points Wine Spectator and an excellent value 
"Supple and savory, with blackberry and smoky beef aromas and layered, rich plum, licorice and espresso flavors. Finishes with plush tannins. Drink now through 2022." 

Burton Bittman Tukwilla Vineyard Pinot noir 2012
$32.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($35.95 regular) 
An exciting new voice in Oregon wine
This wine is singing right now. Anneka held back a small amount for our offering and wow, are we glad she did. Opening with glorious red fruit and minerals, melding to crushed raspberries, thyme, rose, cream, and sweet cherries. I hardly ever use the word "smooth" but there, I did it. There's plenty of cellar life ahead (another 4-6 years, at least) but this is coming into the zone right now. 

Alexana Gran Coeur Bordeaux Blend 2014
$46.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($51.95 regular) 
Yes, it's that good
Holy $#!t this is awesome. Beautiful, mesmerizing fruit grabs your attention -- blackberry first, then black cherry and black currant -- adding mocha and cedar accents. There's an elegance and balance to it that I simply don't taste in 99.9% of Washington reds, which is evident from first sip and all the way through the rich, expressive, pure and silky finish. Already gushing and with plenty of years ahead of it, this is equally outstanding as a wine to drink today as it is for the cellar. 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Petit Verdot, 20% Merlot and 7% Malbec. An April Northwest Big Reds Club selection. 

Division Villages La Frontiere Sauvignon blanc 2016
$19.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($21.95 regular) 
The juice we are drinking right now 
So balanced and refreshing while being perfectly true to Sauvignon blanc. I cut up a honey gold grapefruit last night to eat while I sipped this; the two make perfect sense together. Add hints of flint, peach and mango along with good local honey...but only in flavor, not in a sweet way. The acidity is mouthwatering, the finish dry, yet there's still a voluminous feel to it. You really need to try it. Only 150 cases made, from Redford-Wetle Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills.  

Eyrie Rosé of Pinot noir 2016

$19.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($21.95 regular) 
The king of Oregon Pinot rosé
There is only one rosé of Oregon Pinot that is truly world-class, head, shoulders, and another head above its peers. It comes as no surprise to us that it's made by THE Oregon pioneering winery: Eyrie. Accept no substitutes. Elegant yet fruit-filled, super-refreshing yet savory, it is what Oregon Pinot rosé should aspire to. The parentage of Pinot noir is so clearly expressed; we think of this as a lighter Pinot noir as opposed to a mere pink wine. An incredibly adept partner with food, I embraced the season and made gnocchi with morels and spring onions (see below) which paired beautifully.