The quest for a good $20 Pinot Noir led us to the 2011 For a Song Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. It was made by Stewart Boedecker and Athena Pappas using fruit from two vineyards, Holmes Gap and Walnut Hill, both located in or near the Eola-Amity AVA. It shows plenty of clean ripe Pinot Noir fruit. Nine months in French oak with lees stirring gave the wine its silky texture. Only 500 cases of this wine were produced. We recommend stashing a few in the cellar.
2011 For a Song Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 20.00 16.60VS
Aldo Vacca is not prone to hype. He is a very understated, precise, and exacting man. So when he says that the 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe is “the best vintage we ever made” we take note. We took a position as a wine with this story behind it tends to vanish. Due in to the shops in early May, we recommend requesting a stash now.
2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe 23.00 19.09VS
A blend of 45% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Vieux Carignan, and 20% Grenache Noir, the 2011 Domaine Sainte Eugenie ‘Les Clos’ has a complex nose of red and black fruits, with hints of incense, spices, and tobacco. It is soft on the palate, with tangy acidity. It is a wonderfully balanced, well-structured wine with fine tannins, and a finish that shows subtle nuances of toast, vanilla, and roasted coffee beans. This is a steal for its price.
2011 Domaine Sainte Eugenie ‘Les Clos’ Pays de Hauterive 13.00 11.79VS