2015 Marenas Viñedo & Bodega Cerro Encinas Monastrell – Córdoba-Andalucía, Spain

Natural Wine – No sulfites added. Unfiltered. Plums, stewed tomatoes, petrol and dark earth scents on the slightly tart nose. Bold on the palate with black fruits, smoke, cherry skin and bracing minerals. Finishes grippy and dry with slightly tart black fruits and minerals coating the palate. Really delicious. $20

2012 Montiore Estate Pinor Noir Graham’s Block 7

Warm black cherry scents backed by savory spices and wildflowers. Soft and juicy up front with cherries and fine minerals carrying through to the powerful yet elegant, dry finish. Very tasty Oregon Pinot Noir. Graham’s Block 7 is single vineyard Pinot, all Dijon clones. This wine is limited as it’s mainly made for Montinore’s wine club. $45

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2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Super fragrant with bright raspberry, cherry, cranberry and roses for days.  Luscious red fruits are joined by fine minerals on the fleshy palate. Ripe acidity emerges, carrying the raspberry, cherry and mineral flavors on the zesty finish. Tasty Pinot.

Montinore Estate is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The first time I tasted their Pinot Gris blind I thought it was French. Their wines are pure, clean and beautiful with a sense of place the French refer to as “terroir”.

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2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Gris

Brilliant straw-gold color. Cantaloupe, lemon curd, salty caramel and honey with hints of asparagus and white flowers on the fragrant nose. Scents transition to the rich palate with chalky minerals and lime acidity joining in.  Finishes dry but juicy with melon, honey and minerals remaining strong.  Fascinating Pinot Gris. This is the kind of complex wine you get when you let nature do the work.  Complex, rich, clean and moutwateringly delicious.  Montinore Estate is a Biodynamic and Organic Certified Estate winery in the Willamette Valley; Forest Grove, Oregon.

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2013 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir “Red Cap”

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Bright raspberry, cherry, rose petals, hints of cherry skin and savory earth and mineral scents on the inviting nose. The purity and balance in this wine are incredible. Brisk up front, fleshing out with raspberry, cranberry and cherry flavors. Finishes dry with lingering mouthwatering red fruits and minerals. I tasted a freshly opened bottle. I imagine this wine would develop more flavor complexity if decanted.

Montinore Estate is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The first time I tasted their Pinot Gris blind I thought it was French. Their wines are pure, clean and beautiful with a sense of place the French refer to as “terroir”. All this and affordable too; the Borealis white is $16.99, the Pinot Noir is $21.99.

2014 Montinore Estate Borealis “The Northern Whites”

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Every source I look at has different percentages, but this wine is a blend of Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Extremely fragrant with peach, yellow apple, pineapple and bright citrus with accents of hay and fresh flowers. Ripe peach and pear rush the palate followed by fleshy citrus and crisp acidity. Extremely delicious, well balanced and versatile white.

Montinore Estate is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The first time I tasted their Pinot Gris blind I thought it was French. Their wines are pure, clean and beautiful with a sense of place the French refer to as “terroir”.  All this and affordable too; the Borealis white is $16.99, the Pinot Noir is $21.99.