I recently conducted a tour of Oregon wine country for some private clients, and we visited a goodly number of top producers, and tried a lot of terrific wines! Two wines in particular stood out to me, and are among the best Oregon wines I have tasted in recent memory. So, I chose those two wines for our Reserve Club. In fact, this is my process for all the wine clubs — whatever I have had lately that makes my palate light up and my head swivel, that’s what we send out to our wine club members!
2015 Sequitur Pinot Noir
$100 / bottle
Pinotguy 95-97 Points
Reserve Club Selection
The first is the 2015 Sequitur Pinot Noir from Mike Etzel, founding winemaker of Beaux Freres. His Sequitur Vineyard is planted right next to the Upper Terrace Vineyard, source of Beaux Frere’s top wine. Sequitur is planted to 17 different clones of pinot noir, in order to give more complexity to the finished wine. Boy, did that work out with the 2015 bottling! After leading my tour group through the entire Beaux Freres lineup, we moved on to the Sequitur. Boom! The intense fruit palate is hard to describe fully. It’s juicy, it’s stuffed, it’s beautifully balanced, and most of all, it is incredibly long and complex. Really, I ended up having to spit the wine after about a minute, and it was still going and going. Through this minute-plus midpalate, the different flavors kept breaking against my palate like waves on the shore. I’m talking Waimea Bay here, not your local pond. It’s remarkable. One of the most impressive Oregon wines I’ve had in years. Better still, it’s completely approachable now — in fact, I dare you NOT to drink it. Really.
2014 White Rose Pinot Noir Winemaker’s Cuvee
$105 / bottle
Pinotguy 94-96 Points
Reserve Club Selection
I got a preview of this last summer, and it was spectacular, but it was released only recently. Our group met with winemaker Jesus Guillen and went through a variety of the Estate wines. They are all really, really good. But the Winemaker’s Cuvee is the star of the lineup, even more than the more-expensive Estate bottling. It just oozes that pure, rose petal-inflected aroma that the vineyard is known for, followed by a wine of monumental texture, thanks to the use of 100% whole clusters in the winemaking. On the palate – well, this wine exemplifies the best of our famed Dundee Hills. Intense, saturated mid and high-toned red fruit flavors suffuse your entire sensory apparatus in an endless fashion while drinking this stuff. It is exquisitely complex and incredibly long. The ‘14s from White Rose surpass, in my opinion, all their previous vintages, including the ‘08s which launched White Rose and Jesus to fame. Extraordinary stuff.