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  2010 Sauvignon Blanc "Croft Vineyard" (Willamette Valley) $20
As you might expect from the very cool 2010 vintage, this year's model is very racy indeed: for the first time I would dare say it could be a ringer for Sancerre. With a nose that is initially reserved, and with little of the in-your-face passion fruit and gooseberry we often get, it becomes more expansive with air. The palate is less weighty than usual, with excellent tension and verve. Razor sharp acidity brings the wine to a very fine, lengthy finish, and makes one long for a crottin de Chavignol to eat along side it.
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2009 Roussanne (Columbia Valley) $20
It's hard to believe we are releasing our eighth vintage of Roussanne when only a dozen years ago this Rhône Valley varietal didn't even exist in Washington. Thankfully a handful of growers had the couilles to give it a try, because it's turning out to be well suited to the climate. The 2009 vintage was a warm one, and it shows in the weight of the wine, which is richer and perhaps a bit less mineral than either the '07 or '08. On the nose there is the tell tale honeysuckle note but less stoniness than usual. The mid-palate is full but not heavy, recalling stone fruits primarily, with just a bit of warmth poking through on the finish. For that reason I'd suggest serving it chilled, perhaps with crab, scallops, charcuterie, or anything else with inherent richness.
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2009 Tabula Rasa White (Washington/Oregon) $15
Once the exclusive summertime boisson of Portland's horsey set, the white version of our "blank slate" wine has been taken up by the masses-from the pierced and inked hanging out in inner southeast to Hillsboro soccer moms. And no wonder: Gewürztraminer (58%) provides an enticing floral note and a refreshing kick of acidity on the finish while Roussanne (42%) adds weight and flesh without heaviness. This goes with just about everything except red meat, but it pairs especially well with sunny weather and a comfortable deck chair.
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2009 Tabula Rasa Red $18
The 2009 Tabula Rasa Red draws on fruit primarily from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA in Washington’s Columbia Valley (Alder Ridge and McKinley Springs), as well as small amounts of Klipsun and Ciel du Cheval grapes from Red Mountain. With a core of Syrah (53%) the wine exhibits plummy black fruit, spice, and olive aromas, and a depth and lushness that belie its humble aspirations. Mourvèdre makes up 39%, adding mid-palate weight, and a dollop of Grenache (8%) rounds out the blend, adding complexity as well as suggestions of raspberries, leather, and black pepper.
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2009 Pinot Noir Verbatim $30
Deep red. Cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by notes of licorice and woodsmoke. Fleshy and broad on entry, then firmer in the middle, offering chewy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of peppery herbs. Finishes on a dusty, gently tannic note, with good grip and focus.
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2009 Pinot Noir Prelude $22
The nose shows a hint of caramel, dark red fruits, and a little of that mysterious beetroot thing sometimes found in cool-climate pinot. The mid-palate is round and full but not at all heavy, enlivened by well-integrated acidity. Soft tannins, excellent balance, and a delicious suppleness allow this wine to be enjoyed now and over the next few years.
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2008 Pinot Noir The Knife Edge $45
Let's just get this out of the way: this is without a doubt the best Pinot Noir I have ever made. The vintage gave us perfect ripeness, while an astute selection of barrels yielded a wine with power, intensity, and grace. 92 Points - Tanzer

The nose of crushed raspberries complicated by notes of stone is simply gorgeous. Succulent, full, and harmonious in the mouth, there is a sense of transparency and restraint, density without fat, the texture silky yet shot through with vibrant acidity. The finish is very long. This wine's acidity continues to integrate and should allow it to age for seven to ten years. 90 points - Wine Spectator
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2008 Coup d'Etat (Columbia Valley) $28
50% Grenache, 36% Mourvedre and 14% Syrah
Bright, dark red. Aromas of currant, pepper, wild herbs and flowers come across as more perfumed than the 2007 version. Silky but bright and nicely delineated thanks to well-integrated acidity, which gives a perfumed character to the violet, pepper and berry flavors. More red fruits than black. Finishes firmly tannic but not hard or dry, with very good length and a light touch.
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2008 Gewürztraminer Dessert Wine (Columbia Gorge) $24
If you can picture wearing formal dress to a tiki bar, you can imagine this vintage (the 13th) of our ice wine wannabe. In other words, while there is no lack of precision and elegance, the aromas and flavors are strictly tropical: pineapple, guava, passion fruit, with perhaps some peach nectar for good measure. Racy acidity keeps the texture from becoming syrupy and draws out the finish. Savor this superb wine on its own, or with fresh pears and stone fruits, or with slightly sweet pastries. 91 points - Wine Spectator
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2008 Syrah "Prometheus" $28
A new blend of our top three Syrah vineyards shows great precision on a medium-bodied frame. With flavors of blueberry and licorice and a suave, singing mouth feel (that is, it has richness and good acidity), it can easily slumber in your cellar for half a decade or more and can be enjoyed now with rich and meaty dishes.
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2008 Mesalliance Columbia Valley $22
A deep velvety purple red is extremely enticing. On the nose this is all bright berries and violets, with perhaps a hint of pomegranate. The rich round mid-palate is quite succulent but not at all fat, the briar-fruit flavors accented with chocolate, leading into a moderately long velour finish. Quite suave and very drinkable now, the Malbec's acidity has nicely integrated but should allow the wine to age over the near term.

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2008 Cabernet Franc $25
This is the second vintage whose fruit was sourced from the famed Red Willow Vineyard near Yakima. This block was planted in 1989 on a rocky east-facing slope, where the poor, well-drained soil does an excellent job controlling vigor and yields. The resulting wine is rich and powerful; indeed, it was structured enough to compel us to blend in 15% Merlot from the Sauers' neighboring Les Vignes vineyard to soften it. This is an excellent example of varietally-correct Cabernet Franc from a warm region, with a hint of tobacco in the otherwise dark-fruit nose, a firm acid structure to frame the ripe fruit, and a persistent, slightly tannic finish. Terrific with charcuterie and hearty, rustic, meaty dishes.
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2008 Pinot Noir The Momtazi Family Vineyard $45
The 2008 Momtazi Family Vineyard is decidedly more exotic, owing perhaps to the use of 30% whole clusters. This is one sexy wine that nonetheless never turns salacious. A fan dancer with a Phd.
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2008 Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Vineyard $45
The 2008 Ribbon Ridge Vineyard is all pommard clone from Dewey and Robin Kelly's site just north of the Beaux Frères vineyard. Exceptionally well-balanced, with the structure and depth to age for a decade.
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2008 La Colina Pinot Noir $45
Our sole Dundee Hills site, and 100% Wadenswil clone. Most of this made it into The Knife Edge—our new top cuvée if you’re just joining us—but we bottled a bit on its own because it’s so damn delicious. Brambly, spicy nose (there’s a little whole cluster fermentation here), with a dense yet sleek texture and a very long finish. Sexy but balanced. Oh me, oh my I do love this wine!
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2008 Petit Verdot Ciel du Cheval Vineyard $30
Long-time club members know that I'm not able to get this fruit every year (there was an '07; there's none in '09). This vintage continues the tradition of massive fruit, tannin, and acidity seamlessly sewn into a pitch-black cloak of mystery. What the heck does that mean? Taste and ye shall see.
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2008 Merlot Columbia Valley $30
Yes, I said, Merlot, Miles. Deal with it! Notes of tobacco, berry, and toasty oak announce what is the essence of sweet merlovian pulchritude, yet the wine is not at all over the top. My first Merlot bottling from what is surely one of Yakima Valley's most revered sites.
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2008 Red Willow Syrah $30
I consider myself fortunate to source fruit from the oldest Syrah planting in Washington, Red Willow’s famed 1986 block. While we received a little in 2007, this is our first vineyard-designated bottling. A meaty fellow—no bacon fat in the nose but you’ll see what I mean—with a round fleshy middle and a surprisingly mineral finish. This has more energy (as the wine geeks like to say) than one would expect, keeping the wine lively and auguring a happy evolution.
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