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One of the Year's Best Pinot Noir

Wine & Spirits magazine released their Top 100 Pinot Noirs Rated in 2010 in their April 2011 issue.  They had reviewed some 895 Pinot Noirs in 2010 and chose the Top 100 which included Ancient Cellars very own 2008 One Toe Duck Pinot Noir!!!  See W&S 90 points below for their description of this wonderful wine.

Wine &Spirits - 90 points, 2008 One Toe Duck Pinot Noir

Lean and high toned, this spicy pinot from the Eola-Amity Hills has scents of licorice candy and pomegranate.  Match its cool flavors to a chanterelle mushroom risotto.

Wine Spectator - 90 points, 2008 Amphorae
Cabernet Sauvignon

Tight and lively, with a nice focus carrying the caramel-tinged blackberry and licorice flavors through the long, seductive finish.  Drink now through 2014.

OMSI second year in a row!

Ancient Cellars is proud to be a supporter of OMSI and the 2010 Egyptian Gala! This is an annual event and fundraiser for the museum. OMSI has announced that this year's event was a great success raising over $500,000 for the museum, its programs and camps. Please, follow the links to discover OMSI and those who support it.

10 Exciting Oregon Reds

New reviews of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley’s signature grape, as well as Bordeaux-style reds from the stellar 2008 vintage
Augustus Weed
Posted: September 3, 2010

Pinot Noir fans have something to get excited about with this selection of Oregon reds. The wines featured here come from the outstanding 2008 vintage, which looks like the best yet in Oregon. Vintners experienced a cool summer in 2008, but the weather turned warm and dry in October, lasting through the harvest. Consumers can expect the best Pinots to show finesse, with vivid flavors and light textures.

Lange, which released its first vintage in 1987, produced two of the top-scoring wines in this report. The Estate Vineyard comes from Lange’s property in the Dundee Hills, while the Three Hills Cuvée is a blend of the winery’s three single-vineyard Pinot bottlings. The Zenith Vineyard Barrel Select might be harder to find, but it’s worth a look. Winemaker Mark Vlossak, who makes his own line of Pinots under the St. Innocent brand, produced a vibrant and polished wine in 2008.

There are plenty of Oregon Pinot Noir values to be had. Coeur de Terre, located in McMinnville, a subappellation of the Willamette Valley, used estate grapes in its wine but doesn’t break the $20 mark. Maysara’s Tahmiene Momtazi crafted a standout for $18 with the Three Degrees, also from McMinnville.

Oregon’s wine regions aren’t limited to the Willamette Valley, and the state’s vintners are trying their hands at more than just Pinot Noir. This week’s list includes a Cabernet Sauvignon and two Merlot-dominated wines that use grapes from Rogue Valley, a viticultural area that is south of the Willamette Valley and extends to the California border.



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Newport Seafood and Wine Festival

2011 Gold ~ 2008 Amphorae Cab Sauvignon
2011 Bronze ~ 2007 Gilt Pinot Gris

SIP McMinnville Wine and Food Show

2011 Gold ~ 2008 One Toe Duck Pinot Noir
2011 Bronze ~ 2008 Gilt Pinot Noir

Sisters Wine and Brew Festival

2011 Gold ~ 2008 Gilt Pinot Gris
2011 Silver ~ Amphorae Cab Sauvignon
2010 Silver ~ 2007 Gilt Pinot Gris

Sunriver Sunfest

2011 Bronze ~ 2008 One Toe Duck Pinot Noir
Bronze ~ 2008 Amphorae Cab Sauvignon
2010 Silver ~ 2007 Gilt Pinot Gris


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