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The Explore 4 Gift Pack“All Eyes on Oregon” (750mL)

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The Explore 4 Gift Pack “All Eyes on Oregon” (750mL)

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“After a recent visit to Willamette Valley, we realized: Pinot Noir is the big story, but it’s not the only story. Oregon does many things extremely well, which is why we devoted another Explore 4 to its wines.”

Grow your wine knowledge and drink well while doing it: That’s the idea behind “Explore 4,” our most popular monthly club. Here’s a chance to check it out—no commitment required!

“Explore 4” surveys the vast landscape of wine and breaks it into small, digestible bites. Each month, we select four bottles that fit a theme, allowing members to experience a diversity of styles while developing their own palate preferences. It’s an ongoing exploration of wine through a sommelier’s eyes and there’s no more effective, and enjoyable, way to learn about wine.

In this edition of the Explore 4, offered as a one-time purchase, we return to Oregon to dive deeper into its diverse wine culture. From Chardonnays that make perfect “Burgundian” counterparts to the Pinots, to Cabernet Francs that rival the greats of the Loire, we are all-in on Oregon!

Here’s what’s in the box, which includes a full-color booklet that explains the theme and the wines in vivid detail:

The Region: Willamette Valley 
The Wine: Raptor Ridge, “Vineyard Select” Pinot Gris 2020

Whole clusters of Pinot Gris grapes are “direct-pressed” to stainless steels tanks for fermentation (rather than being de-stemmed first), after which the wine spends an extended period in tank aging on its lees (spent yeasts). Malolactic fermentation is blocked, as a means of preserving crispness, but there is ample fruit concentration lending a well-rounded mouthfeel.

The Region: Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
The Wine: Salem Wine Company, Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2020

The Chardonnay for this 2020 comes mostly from a single block of the Seven Springs Vineyard. Hand-harvested grapes are gently pressed into 500-liter French oak puncheons, where the wine undergoes a native yeast fermentation. Aged for 12 months in neutral oak barrels, it is then transferred to stainless steel tank for six months to naturally clarify before bottling.

The Region: Willamette Valley 
The Wine: Bow & Arrow, “Rhinestones” 2020

An exhilarating combination of Pinot Noir and Gamay from one of the Willamette Valley’s top biodynamically farmed sites. Medium-ruby, with high-toned violet and rose florals and a dense, intense, mouth-filling palate full of plump black cherries, wild strawberry, juicy raspberry, blue plum, alpine herbs, and crushed stones. There are very few domestic reds that so faithfully channel our favorite cutting-edge reds from Beaujolais and Burgundy—this is one!

The Region: Southern Oregon
The Wine: Leah Jørgensen Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2019

Leah Jørgenson was originally lured to Oregon by the Pinot Noirs of the Willamette Valley, but her focus shifted southward, to the Umpqua and Rogue Valleys and the Cabernet Franc grape. Southern Oregon is a little warmer, and its soils are a little different, and in her embrace of Cabernet Franc Leah didn’t leave her Willamette Valley experience (Erath, Adelsheim, Shea) behind—she strives for finesse and terroir transparency, the result being a Cab Franc that channels the best examples from France’s Loire Valley.

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