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Last year, the Wagner Family’s Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Pinot Noir wowed critics, earning a 94pt score from Wine Enthusiast and some lavish praise. It’s no surprise either. With access to some of the best Pinot Noir fruit in Napa, this cuvee is always good but in the fantastic 2018 vintage across Napa, it shines particularly bright. Medium to full bodied with great balance.
94+ Pts, Wine Advocate — 94pts Wine Spectator (#37 in WS’s Top 100 of 2020)
From the phenomenal 2018 vintage in Oregon, the Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir from Bergstrom may be the highlight of his entire impressive fleet. Pretty much a labor of love, top lots are selected from some of the elite vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley – each tasted several a half dozen times in barrel before the final cut is made. The result is a complex collage of elegance and structure that can really best be described as Burgundian.
Obviously, I can’t tell you all the details of the vineyard source but I can let you in on a few of the details. Crafted using fruit from 1000-1500 ft in elevation, Chad’s 2019 is cool climate Pinot at its best– especially given the price tag. While similar wines (very similar wines) will fetch a $45 price tag, you can snag it today just less than half off that price on bottle one. There’s no surprise this is the #1 wine of the year in 2020.
The 2020 is a light bright pink color. Aromas of high-toned red berry and flowers just fly from the glass and pick up a slight savory accent as the wine opens up. Juicy and fresh on the palate, offering wild strawberry and citrus rind flavors that deepen and spread out on the back half. A long, focused and bone-dry finish showcase amazing energy for what is sure to be a new happy hour go-to and Tuesday night Hall of Famer.
An elegant, silky smooth Willamette Valley Pinot Noir crafted by Bertrand de Villane of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti fame. It comes from about 700 feet above sea level in the Dundee Hills atop Winter’s Hill and benefitted from cool, breezy nights. With a round, supple mouthfeel and a sturdy backbone this will age gracefully for a decade and a half easy. You can taste that Burgundian touch!
94 Pts, Decanter – 94 Pts, Jeb Dunnuck – 94 Pts, John Gilman
This is an exceptional premier cru offering from one of the most famous, most collected Burgundy producers. Clos des Porrets is a monopole, purchased by the Gouges family in 1933. Grégory claims it produces wine with the best potential of long aging within his range of wines. It has old vines rooted in pink limestone and rich clay, producing dynamite Nuits Saint Georges. Aromatically complex, with violets, black cherries and a touch of Burgundian earth. The fruit is pure, layers of dark cherries and plum that unfold in the glass with air. The tension is what you’d expect from one of the greats of Burgundy, wound-up and high-toned, the finish is mineral laded and goes on for minutes. This is truly extraordinary red Burgundy, an epic wine of power with finesse and just amazing potential.
The newly released Elouan Oregon Pinot Noir 2018 is wonderfully ripe and juicy with vibrant flavors of rich cranberries, baked cherry pie and just a hint of earthiness. It’s packed with crushed red fruits and finishes with soft, refined tannins that leave a great aftertaste. It’s a great choice any time of the year– delicious by itself or paired with just about anything. In 2018, it saw predominantly fruit from the lush Willamette Valley, adding the cold weather Pinot element to a wine usually more reliant on southern Oregon.
93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is delicious — crunchy and well-chiseled, with vibrant red fruits highlighted by cherries and baking spice and whatWine Enthusiastcalled, “an underlying elegance”Former Wine Advocate critic,Jeb Dunnuck took it a step further, awarding it 93 pts en route to raving, “as with everything else from this estate, this is impeccably made and high-quality.”
Chaponnieres is a single parcel on the same hillside as the premier crus, with southern exposure and vines planted in 1950. They are rooted in a fine clay, the perfect soil for producing wine of incredible purity of fruit. The ’19 has intense aromatics of strawberry, black cherry, cinnamon and roses. The fruit is almost crunchy; incredibly fresh, juicy, really flat-out delicious. Great now, great in 10 years and qualitatively worth double the price!
95 Points (Wine of the Year)- Tim Atkin, Decanter
The Tesselaarsdal Pinot Noir 2017 is flawless. Master of Wine and South African specialist, Tim Atkin called this the best vintage yet of Berene Sauls’ Pinot Noir and it’s easy to see why. It’s a carefully woven, intricate Pinot Noir with harmonious notes of vibrant fruit and acidity. Atkin also compared it to Chambolle-Musigny, truly high praise for a wine born out of a small labor of love along the Western Cape.
For the very first time, superstar winemaker Anne Sery has made a pink wine for her meteoric Trousse Chemise brand. The NYC restaurant favorite tapped into some new fruit sources in Southern Oregon to pair with her Willamette Valley vineyards to make a Rosé of Pinot Noir with vibrancy and balance to pair with its elegance and depth. We’re lucky to be the first ones with Anne’s debut Rosé, but I can assure you it’s so good, it won’t be her last.
Every year since inception, Anne Sery’s Trousse Chemise wines have wowed folks from Coast to Coast (like Daniel Boulud). Her newly released 2019 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is easily one of the best in Oregon dollar for dollar. Wildly aromatic and bursting with an intense, berried up fruitiness– when people compare Oregon as the closest thing to Burgundy in America, this is what they are talking about. Juicy and vibrant, with even more expressive aromatics as a result of a cool September that allowed for maximum hangtime and concentration.