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(I Am Not drinking Any $%&*#!) Merlot

…..Or am I?? You may well be looking at us sideways for saying it, but we will be drinking some $%&*#! Merlot.

Now in Stock at the Shops

Legendary American Winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon fame has crafted a delicious end-of-summer, going-into-fall quaffer to drink now and over the next year or so. Perfect for cooler September days and upcoming tailgaters. Stock up!

“Medium ruby color, with a lovely dusty aroma of fraise de bois, and licorice and gingerbread, with the subtlest suggestion of garrigue de Provence. (I suspect that’s the Cabernet Franc.) The aromatics continue to build as the wine evolves in the glass. Seemingly light on the palate when first opened, the wine builds in amplitude in the glass with more air. The Merlot has wonderful natural acidity (go figure!), medium tannins and great persistence.

Deal Of The Month


The 2015 vintage in Marlborough, New Zealand was naturally low yielding. The long ripening period provided great fruit expression and supple tannins. Sourced from the famous Ben Morven and Slopes Vineyards, the 2015 The Ned Pinot Noir is a blend of Abel, 777, and Pommard clones of Pinot Noir aged in Boutes, Seguin Moreau, and Dargaud & Jaeglé barrels. It’s a Pinot Noir with exceptional vibrancy and intensity, having a bold aroma of red cherry and blackberry fruits, surrounded by smoky French oak scents. The wine has a density that one might expect from more costly wines from Central Otago. This is a stellar value and marries well with local salmon, leg of lamb, and veal dishes.

2015 The Ned Pinot Noir Marlborough 22.00 18.26VS

The Weekly Tasting

Long Shadows - Walla Walla

It has been a while since we have featured the wines of Long Shadows and after tasting the full range, we decided that these are most impressive offerings, improving with each new vintage. We were able to arrange for winemaker Gilles Nicault to visit the shops on Saturday, September 23rd—a very special visit considering that it is harvest time!

2015 Long Shadows Poet’s Leap Columbia Valley 20.00 16.60VS

2014 Long Shadows Syrah ‘Sequel’ Columbia Valley 60.00 49.80VS

2014 Long Shadows Red ‘Pirouette’ Columbia Valley 60.00 49.80VS

2014 Long Shadows Merlot ‘Pedestal’ Columbia Valley 65.00 53.95VS

2014 Long Shadows Red ‘Chester Kidder’ Columbia Valley 65.00 53.95VS

New Arrivals


The 2015 vintage in Sonoma started with a very wet December 2014, followed by the driest January on record. The cool, wet late spring added moisture to the soils, but caused a reduction of crop across all varieties. Following a warm summer, harvest started in mid-August and finished early. The 2015 Ridge Zinfandel ‘Ponzo’ is 97% Zinfandel and 3% Petite Sirah. The grapes come from Bob Ponzo’s vineyard in the the cooler Russian River Valley, four miles south of Lytton Springs. The 2015 Ridge Zinfandel ‘Pagani Ranch’ is a blend of 83% Zinfandel, 10% Alicante Bouschet, and 7% Petite Sirah, and all the vines were planted 90 to 120 years ago. The 2015 Ridge ‘Lytton Springs’ is a field blend of 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, and 2% Mataro that has been made every year since 1972. The Ridge Petite Sirah ‘Lytton Estate’ is 100% varietal. The oldest Petite Sirah vines on Lytton Estate were planted in 1901 and the youngest in 2008. These are dark, dense wines that have a freshness that is remarkable.

2015 Ridge Zinfandel ‘Ponzo’ Russian River Valley (Limited) 35.00 29.05VS

2015 Ridge Zinfandel ‘Pagani Ranch’ Sonoma Valley 40.00 33.20VS

2015 Ridge ‘Lytton Springs’ Dry Creek Valley 40.00 33.20VS

2015 Ridge Petite Sirah ‘Lytton Estate’ Dry Creek Valley 37.00 30.71VS


Fresh out of the barrels, the new Rhône-style reds from Betz Family will be arriving.

2015 Betz Family Red ‘Besoleil’ Columbia Valley 50.00 41.50VS

2015 Betz Family Syrah ‘La Serenne’ Red Willow Vineyard 62.00 51.46VS

2015 Betz FamilySyrah ‘La Côte Rousse’ Red Mounatin 62.00 51.46VS

Staff Picks


The 2015 Megan Anne Chardonnay is sourced from some top quality vineyards in the hills of Dundee and Eola-Amity. French clones provide aromas of citrus and stone fruits. The flavor on the palate recalls lime, green apple, and a touch of vanilla. Well integrated oak lets the bright acidity shine through. This beautiful Chardonnay has the potential to develop even more complexity with cellaring. The 2015 Megan Anne Pinot Noir comes from a very ripe vintage. It is sourced from a blend of some of their favorite vineyards, and shows an aroma of strawberry and cherry with earthy notes of truffle. This wine expresses all of its Willamette Valley terroir, stones and rich soils, and is drinkable right now, although it has the potential to develop with time in the cellar.

2015 Megan Anne Chardonnay Willamette Valley 50.00 41.50VS

2015 Megan Anne Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 40.00 33.20VS


Celilo Vineyard has always shown a distinct terroir in the Chardonnays grown there. We first wrote about this “nectarine” character in our newsletter in the mid 1980’s. Planted originally in 1972, the vineyard is 1000 feet above sea level at the lower end of Mount Rainier—a most unlikely place for grapes to have been planted. But now more than 45 years later, most everyone agrees that Celilo yields the best Chardonnay fruit in the state. The 2014 Tranche Chardonnay ‘Celilo Vineyard’ is a perfect example of this, as winemakers Andrew Trio and Michael Corliss have crafted a masterpiece. A delicate touch of 30% new French oak adds a hint of vanilla to this nectarine nugget. Don’t miss it!

2014 Tranche Chardonnay Estate ‘Celilo Vineyard’ Columbia Gorge 45.00 37.35VS