Coming a month late (due to self-inflicted label ordering issues) but all the better for the additional bottle time is our latest baby from the soon-to-be-revered 2014 Oregon pinot noir vintage. As it seems to every year it exceeds my expectations, which I shouldn’t be surprised by as this custom VINO cuvée is made, as always, by the über-talented duo of Stewart Boedecker and Athena Pappas of Boedecker Cellars. I had a bottle just last night with some grilled salmon and was thrilled with how it developed in the glass. Stew and Athena’s pinots are so true to everything I want from Oregon. There is a nice tension right out of the bottle, and after a few minutes of air it bursts out of the glass with heady aromas and flavors of intense, just picked Hood strawberries, cinnamon and Asian spice, picking up dark cherry notes and dustings of moist earth and droplets of cassis berries. A blend from their various long held vineyard sources, this vintage has a bit more Dundee Hills fruit in it, which is why I was picking up some dark nuances and additional texture and heft on the finish. The acidity is in perfect harmony with the full fruit and medium tannin structure, giving this beauty plenty of potential. At least 4+ years of delicious improvement lie ahead. Perhaps most surprising (in the best way) is that considering the heat of the 2014 vintage, this is still coming in at a very reasonable 13.4% alcohol, which to me is right at the sweet spot for local pinot noir. I am super excited to be able to offer this out to you all, and I can’t imagine you will find a better under-$20 pinot from this fabulous vintage. As always we only have about 60 cases available, and considering the obvious value it won’t last long. This is great stuff and I couldn’t be happier to have it gracing your dinner tables in the weeks/months/years ahead!!
PS- as always huge thanks to Stew and Athena for working with me on this. They are such talented and incredible nice individuals and a heckuva winemaking team. You should absolutely make BOEDECKER CELLARS in NW Portland a regular stop!
Un Autre Monde…translated means “Another World”…which is about how I’m feeling right now about this wine. Another world meaning, oh, say, buying Oregon pinot noir in the early to mid-1990’s. If you want to skip the long-winded version of why you have to take advantage of this wine then go right to the bottom “how…
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