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A few weeks back the FranksWine Crew tasted the entire lineup of wines from Duck Pond and Desert Wind and man-oh-man what a frickin' lineup it was!

It was really tough to narrow in and choose 4 selections for this week's Sampler Case, but it ended up that we unanimously chose the same four wines. So, we're pretty confident that you're gonna love these Pacific Northwest beauties as much as we do!

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Despite its status as one of the larger wine producers in Oregon, Duck Pond Cellars remains small at heart and is a family-owned winery through and through. Originally from California's Central Valley, lifelong farmers Doug and Jo Ann Fries moved their young family to the small Central Oregon town of Sunriver in the early 1980s. In 1984, they purchased property along the banks of the Willamette River in Dundee, Oregon, where they planted a 500-acre hazelnut orchard. As devoted wine aficionados, they also planted a small 13-acre vineyard with the hopes of producing a few hundred cases of their own Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

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In the early to mid-90s, the family continued acquiring land throughout the Northwest that they felt would be suitable for vineyards. Wishing to try their hand at warmer-climate varietals, they purchased a large parcel on Eastern Washington's Wahluke Slope where they planted a wide variety of grapes including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Dubbed Desert Wind Vineyard, the vineyard has supplied fruit for Duck Pond wines, as well as the family's Washington State brand, Desert Wind, launched in 2001 to showcase the exceptional fruit from the vineyard.

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Desert Wind 2014 Ruah
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$17.19 with 12-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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41.5% Merlot, 25.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.7% Cabernet Franc, 8.1% Malbec, 7.9% Syrah, 2.3% other reds

The winery's flagship red blend, Ruah is distinctive and bold with a soft, lingering finish. Flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and nutmeg mingle with supple tannin and a touch of spice. Primarily comprised of Bordeaux varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc), the 2014 was blended with small amounts of Malbec, Syrah and other red varietals to further deepen its complexity, body and rich aromas. Ten months of barrel aging in both French and American oak lends a bit of structure and a hint of cedar on the palate. Drink now or cellar 5-10 years for additional softness.

 

Desert Wind 2014 Wahluke Slope Merlot
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$13.79 with 12-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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92% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Barbera

Fruit-forward and bold with notes of blackberry jam, Earl Grey tea and dark chocolate, this wine is approachable now or can be cellared for 5-8 years for a softer finish.

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Duck Pond Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$17.19 with 12-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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100% Pinot Noir

The Willamette 2015 Pinot Noir exhibits classic Oregon Pinot Noir aromas and flavors of cherry, red fruits, spice and minerals, with a silky finish. This Pinot is a great choice for everyday meals and pairs especially well with grilled salmon and wild mushroom risotto. Drink now or cellar 3-5 years.

 

Duck Pond Cellars 2015 Pinot Gris
Regularly Priced at $16.99
$11.69 with 12-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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100% Pinot Gris

This Willamette Valley Pinot Gris is characterized by its tropical aromas and bright acidity. Flavors and aromas of lemon curd, nectarine, elderflower, grapefruit dominate, finishing crisp and dry. This wine makes an excellent partner to shellfish, sushi or just hanging out tailgating at a U2 concert!

 

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