2011 Hilltop Reserve Pinot Noir

2011 was a challenging year, with cold weather forcing a very late harvest for many producers. Wines from 2011 demonstrate structure and depth, and this Hilltop Reserve shows both with aromas of red cherry over black pepper and mushrooms. The alcohol content of 13.1% is extremely food friendly, and also reflects the cooler growing season. Elements of oak and earth mingle with red fruit and linger over silky tannins on the palate. This wine will age beautifully. Buy several, enjoy it now, and watch it evolve over the next 5 years. 

Sometimes described as “the meat-lover’s pinot noir,” we’d pair this 2011 with a mixed grill, simply seasoned and combined with slices of eggplant, squash, onions and tomatoes.

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2011 Sheila Reserve Pinot Noir

Made from the top four barrels of the 2011 vintage, the Sheila displays more ripeness than many 2011s. Aged in 35-40% new oak, this represents the best of the vineyard. The complex nose shows true Willamette Valley character, combining earth and mushroom that is well integrated with dark fruit and floral wild cherry. On the palate, bright acid and minerality blend well; the oak is surprisingly subdued for the quantity of new barrels in the aging. Slightly spicy, this wine demonstrates great balance and depth, a gorgeous example of a cool-weather pinot. Expect this wine to change and evolve in the bottle over at least five years. 

Try this wine with seared duck breast topped with a cherry or raspberry reduction sauce.

 

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2012 Estate Pinot Noir

Dark cherry flavors mingle with earth, forest floor, pomegranate and mushrooms: the classic Pinot Noir aromas from a great year. On the palate it opens to dark red fruit, sweet oak, baking spices, and umami, with soft tannins and great balance. More Burgundian than a typical Willamette Valley pinot, this shows complexity and depth. 2012 was a great vintage in the Willamette Valley, with ideal weather for early ripening.

Serve this with a pinot noir mushroom strudel i a phyllo crust, or with classic French dishes like Coq au Vin or Beef Bourguignon.

 

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2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

This wine begins with aromas of red and black cherry, initially subdued, but opens beautifully with air. On the palate, look for baked cherries, with strong but silky tannins on the roof of the mouth and back of the palate. More Willamette Valley than Burgundy, the 2012 displays more fruit and less truffle and forest floor. The alcohol is very well integrated; overall, it shows nice acidity and is deliciously juicy.

Serve with substantial, flavorful food, such as a triple-crème cheese like Delice de Bourgogne, or smoky foods such as mesquite-grilled chicken or grilled lamb chops with rose.

 

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2012 Sheila Reserve Pinot Noir

As with other vintages, the 2012 “Sheila” is made from the top four barrels from the best blocks of the vineyard. This starts with everything we love about the 2011 “Sheila:” black cherries, floral aromas, baking spice, bright acids and silky tannins, plus the warm-weather character of 2012, showing dark cherry, blackberries and currants. With air, soft aromas of buttered pecans and dusty earth yield to classic Oregon pinot aroma and subtle oak for a complex, beautifully-made wine with great aging potential.

 

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2013 BVE Club Elite Pinot Noir

(Wine Club exclusive.) This wine is prepared from selected barrels and selected blocks, chosen for their expressive character. Gentle extraction gives this young wine great delicacy, with a lovely, floral nose, almost reminiscent of the rosés but with the warm, full flavor of a red pinot noir. Ready to drink right now, with pretty red fruit, hints of Pinot Noir earthiness, silky tannins and tremendous balance.  Something special happens when a wine shows structure but also minerality, and blends soft but firm tannins with fresh acidity, and that’s the kind of complexity the BVE Club Elite offers.

Serve this with lighter meat: simple roast chicken, or grilled salmon on a cedar plank with fresh herbs.

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2013 Estate Pinot Noir

Light and peppery on the nose as well as the palate, this wine is the perfect red wine for sipping or enjoying with food.  Featuring white peppercorns and sunburst raspberries on the nose with a sultry palate of marionberries and cassis it is best enjoyed with game meats such as bison, buffalo or lamb.  Suggested dishes are a bison burger topped with pepper bacon and gorgonzola on a focaccia bun. Also pairs well with a cherry pie a la mode.

 

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2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

A floral and fragrant nose of fresh berry preserves and violets accompany a palate of blackberry, fig and chocolate liqueur on what we call our "prettiest wine".  Heavy rains at the end of the growing season, immediately preceeding harvest, diluted fruit creating a very light and palatable vintage.  This luscious wine is velvety smooth and the perfect partner to Mediterranean cusine.  

Enjoy with a braised lamb shank or veal osso bucco.

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