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Spindrift Cellars 2008 Pinot Noir; $20
Scents of dark chocolate weave around delicate, feminine pinot noir fruit flavors. The overall impression is light and elegant, a mix of berries and wafer-thin chocolate.
Congratulations to Winemaker Matt Compton on yet another accolade for his fine efforts.
Small World Wine Company is proud to now offer wine in the innovative keg package. The wines are produced and kegged by Spindrift Cellars. All kegs are 5 gallons (18.9 litters) and each 5 gallon keg is equivalent of 25 bottles. The wines are selections of Spindrift Cellars’ regular production that focus on approachability for restaurant By-the-Glass programs. Our keg package will perfectly preserve the wine so each glass of wine is enjoyed at peak freshness. Current varietals being offered include Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir Rose, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.
Please contact your local Small World rep for pricing and information.
The San Francisco Chronicle recently recommended the 2008 Aubin Cellars – Verve Stoller Vineyards Pinot Noir. Much thanks to the Chronicle for recognizing the fine efforts of Jerome Aubin and renouned Winemaker Ray Walsh of Capitello Wines.
2008 Aubin Cellars Verve Stoller Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($30): Jerome Aubin brings fruit from one of Oregon’s most successful vineyards to Oakland for this appealing bottle, due in October. Beautiful woodsy scents of birch bark and dried mushroom, with ripe strawberry and a bright, tangy finish. A raft of dense tannins adds to its appeal with food.
Small World Wine Company is thrilled The Oregon Pinot Noir Club is featuring Spindrift Cellars 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley. Bob Wolfe is owner of The Oregon Pinot Noir Club, the nation’s most significant national retailer of Oregon Pinot Noir and other high-end Northwest wines. Here’s what Bob Wolfe has to say -
There’s a strategy to finding success as a new producer in Oregon in the middle of the Great Wine Recession. It’s not a hard strategy, but many new producers fail to execute it well.
Here it is: Make good wine, sell it for a reasonable price, repeat for several years in a row. Sounds easy, right? Why doesn’t everyone do it that way?
Luckily for us, Spindrift has it all figured out. They make pinot noir that is elegant, fruit-centric and nicely balanced, and they sell it for a very reasonable price. Result: They have continued to thrive in a down economy, and to sell all their wine. Mission accomplished.
The winery is also committed to screw caps. This is a topical concern. Cork producers have been on an aggressive campaign the last few years to convince folks that corks are still the wine closure of choice. They claim to have developed never-corky corks, instituted a certified cork expert certificate program, and have recently launched a PR campaign for the traditional closure.
Spindrift has headed in the other direction. From the winery literature: “We continue to explore options for greening our buildings and minimizing our packaging. We are introducing screw top wine bottles to promote these ideas, in addition to selling bulk wine in reusable containers.
“The cork tree grows in a select area, grows very slowly and will produce quality corks only after many years’ growth, and therefore, due to high demand from the wine industry, is not a sustainable crop.
“Although screw tops have had a negative connotation, they are the way of the future. The times of “corked” wine will be a thing of the past. The screw top closure ensures a fresh bottle every time, is fully recyclable, attractive and best of all, easy to open. No more broken corks, no more “corked” bottles. Wine in screw caps can be safely stored upright for any length of time.”
As a hedonist, I care more about the wine in the bottle, than I do about the closure. Thus, I applaud Spindrift because their wine tastes good!
- Tim Brislin
Spindrift Cellars 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley was awarded 90 points by the Wine Spectator.
Dark and spicy, this is silky in texture and fragrant with smoke, toast and mineral overtones as the cherry fruit character rolls nicely through the long finish. Drink now through 2016.— H.S.
Please contact your local Small World Wine Co. sales rep for more information and availability.