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OREGON CLASSICS- don’t follow the herd!!

There is a great herd mentality in wine (not to mention most other facets of life). I mention this as a prelude to the two amazing 2013 Oregon pinot noirs on offer below (at an equally amazing discount). When the 2013 vintage was over, wine critics were quick to pounce on the cool, wet weather that occurred during harvest as the “ruination of the vintage”. Forgetting, of course, the warm, not-too-hot summer and the actually short duration of the rain, and the glorious weather during the later stages of harvest. But as with everything, it’s the initial headlines that stick in peoples minds and the 2013s were followed by 2 very “consumer friendly” (I.e.- hot & ripe) vintages in ’14 & ‘15. Just FYI, the 2013 pinots are in a glorious drinking window right now. Ask any winemaker what they think and I would almost guarantee that they love this vintage, and more than likely prefer it over the hot, heavy, yet heralded 2014 harvest. Classic, cooler weather pinots with precise, pure flavors, perfect acidity, integrated tannins, and for the most part several years of delicious drinking ahead of them. That is what great pinot noir is all about. I was talking with a winemaker friend and said to him, to his agreement, that the 2014 pinot noirs are like that big, dumb, fluffy dog that you can’t help but like. He may be cute, but he ain’t no classic! So that long winded prelude leads me to these two 2013 Oregon classics from Boedecker Cellars that we have just worked out a great price on and are perfect for the holiday ahead and those in the future. Take a look, too, at our special half case/full case pricing at the bottom of this missive.

** On a quick pricing note, I have been happily recommending these two at our usual price of $33.95 a bottle, confident they are worth every penny. Stew and Athena approached me to see if they dropped the price would we be interested, since they have a bit more than they’d like (again, thanks to consumers herd mentality). I of course said an emphatic “YES!!” and now we can offer each of these at an astonishing EIGHT DOLLARS OFF PER BOTTLE!!

2013 BOEDECKER CELLARS Pinot Noir
After this many years most of you realize I think the world of the wife/husband team of Athena Pappas and Stewart Boedecker and the wines from their winery in NW Portland. Heck, I trust them so much they make our store pinot every year, the Buckman Wine Co. bottling. At Boedecker they collaborate on every wine in their NW Portland winery, except for these two Reserve pinots that bear their own names, that reflect their own personal styles. They always make for a fascinating comparison, never more so than in the 2013 vintage. These are them….

2013 BOEDECKER CELLARS Pinot Noir “Athena”
$25.95 bottle/ $249.00 case (was $33.95/bottle)
Ever since my first taste of the 2023 “Athena” I was smitten. Just a pure, stylish Oregon pinot with beautiful aromatics and a rich, ripe palate feel. It has classic Oregon strawberry and spice wrapped around silky tannins and elegant acid structure and is still shedding some youthful assertiveness. Such a complete wine, fabulous now, and I can’t wait to see what happens over the next 4-8 years.
“The 2013 Pinot Noir Athena includes 35% whole cluster grapes and matured for nine months in 40% new oak. It has a crisp, brambly redcurrant and cranberry-scented bouquet that handles the oak well. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe succulent red berry fruit, fine tannin and a crisp, slightly tarry finish. Overall, this is an excellent 2013 Pinot Noir – great value to boot. Bravo! 92 points.” -Neal Martin/Wine Advocate

2013 BOEDECKER CELLARS Pinot Noir “Stewart”
$25.95 bottle/ $249.00 case ((was $33.95/bottle)
This wine stunned me when I took a bottle of each of these home last week. Now I had always loved the purity of the ’13 Stewart, the right freshness of the strawberry fruit. I hadn’t tasted it again for well over a year, and last week was a “Wow!” moment, where suddenly it’s like this wine just came back from the gym, having filled out with darker blackberry fruit, becoming more muscular and intense, a certain swarthy, earthy character coming forward that both Wendy and I loved! The gorgeous Oregon fruit and acid is still very much present, but the evolution was a revelation, and there is so much promise here that I can’t wait to see what develops! Also carrying a much deserved rating of 90 points in The Wine Advocate, this is exciting, fascinating pinot noir that you need to try!

ADD BOEDECKER: Stew & Athena also make an entry level pinot noir and pinot gris under their Pappas Wine label. Athena mentioned they had an abundance of cases of the 2014 PAPPAS WINE Pinot Gris and might I want to play with it if they cut the price. I took a bottle home and was immediately and fully on board with her consumer friendly plan! This is drinking perfectly right now, bursting with dry, vibrant pear, fig, and crisp apple fruit. The palate is rich and full with plenty of texture, the acid on the finish is bright and super fresh. I had a bottle open at home for 4 days and hardly saw any drop off in it’s energy or freshness. A perfect wine for holiday dinners, plus I think it would be stunning with any spicy Asian/Indian cuisine owing to its intensity. This is a tremendous buy in Oregon gris and a wine that most wineries would be happy to have as their premium release.
2014 PAPPAS WINE CO. Pinot Gris “Willamette Valley”
$12.95 bottle/ $124.00 case (was $16 a bottle!)

THE DEAL: To make this a bit more enticing, and because these are wines you absolutely should try and would be a wonderful way to show off the Oregon bounty to out-of-town guests, here’s some special half case and full case pricing:
~~ STEWART/ATHENA 6pack: buy three bottles of each of these  two beauties and take 15% off the per bottle price, a total of $132.50.

~~ STEWART/ATHENA CASE: buy a mixed case of six bottles each and get the same full case discount of $249.00 per case

~~ BOEDECKER/PAPPAS PACK: buy a mixed case of 4 bottles each of Stewart and Athena Pinot Noir and 4 bottles of Pappas Pinot Gris for just $215.00!! Also available as a half case of 2 bottles each for $116.50!

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