Great New Wines from Oregon

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Great New Wines from Oregon

On October 18th at 7:30 we are going to be putting on a wonderful showcase of the Best Wines we had all year from Oregon for a $50 entry fee.  While the majority of wines will be Pinot Noirs from the Willamette Valley, there will be a few great additions such as old vine Pinot Gris from the Eyrie Vineyards and some Syrah which is starting to steal attention away from Pinot Noir with wine lovers in Oregon.  Of course, most of the evening will be spent drinking what the Willamette Valley does best which is producing world-renowned Pinot Noir. We hope to see you for what is sure to be a great tasting and tour through Oregon.



Anyone who purchases this wine will be drinking history as the wine is from grapevines that are considered the first Pinot Gris to be planted in the United States. In 1965 founder David Lett came to Oregon convinced the climate and vineyards would be perfectly suited for making amazing wine. Of course, we know that now but only through the hard work and determination of pioneers such as David Lett. The winery name is inspired by a pair of red-tailed hawks who made their nest, called an eyrie, in fir trees above the vineyards. Flavors are big here with mouth coating waxy golden apple and grapefruit along with a stony mineral finish that keeps the wine fresh and lively. Insecticides, Vineyards are certified organic to help showcase the expression of the land more vibrantly. Aged in specially made stainless steel barrels and bottled without the use of Sulphur. When chilled natural crystals may form in the bottle due to their low manipulation of the wine.

$39.99 per bottle



Elk Cove Vineyards have been making some of the best Oregon Pinot Noir since 1974 when it was founded. Back then there were only ten established wineries at the time, but owners Pat and Joe Campbell saw the potential for quality in their future steep, hilly and shallow soil property. Elk Cove gets its name from the first winter after its founding when a herd of 40 Roosevelt elk camped on the property during a cold winter night. Today son Adam Campbell carries on the family winemaking tradition of Oregon Pinot excellence. This Willamette Valley wine is made from blending six estate vineyard sites to create an easy drinking Pinot Noir that combines red and black raspberry fruit with violet and black currant aromas. Approachable, well balanced and popular with a wide variety of customers, this wine is guaranteed to please.10 months aging in French oak.

$25.99 per bottle



Ken Wright fell in love with wine in the Bourbon country of Lexington Kentucky, where he was exposed to wines from around the world while serving tables. After attending UC Davis he spent time making wine with great producers such as Chalone and Talbott Vineyards. The amazing potential of the young Willamette Valley lured Ken away from California to Oregon where he would found Panther Creek Cellars and later Ken Wright Cellars in 1994 where he focuses on making single vineyard bottlings of 13 different vineyard sites. His Canary Hills vineyard Pinot Noir from the Eola Amity Hills region always is sure to impress, vintage after vintage. This year boysenberry and black cherry fruits shine along with an orange citrus zest and a silky-smooth texture.

$58.99 per bottle



Founders Grace and Ken Evenstad left Minnesota for Oregon in 1989 for the opportunity to transform their appreciation of Burgundy into world class Oregon Pinot Noir produced on their 42-acre hilltop estate. They named the winery after daughter Serene and their first vineyard after son Mark Evenstad. Since crafting the first vintage in 1990 the winery has quickly rose in prominence due to their dedication to quality for their Pinot, Chardonnay and now sparkling wine. Estate vineyards are dry farmed creating powerful expressions of dark fruits of boysenberry and marionberry along with dark chocolate and a depth of earthy sage and mushroom. Aged for 17 months in 60% new French Oak.

$75.99 per bottle


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