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Pot or Pinot Noir?

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Starting July 1st in Oregon you'll get to legally choose between a glass of Willamette Valley wine or a bong hit of recreational marijuana on your Friday night.

God Bless America.

Personally I'd take the wine. I've never been one for inhaling smoke into my lungs, but it's nice to know I'd have the choice. Of course I could go the brownie route instead, but neither would likely help my marathon times.

Nothing better the night before race day than a glass of red wine and a square of 85% cocoa chocolate to ease the pre-run jitters and lock in a good night's sleep.

I'm heading to Hopkinton this weekend with 40 other runners on the Delaware Sports Club's Boston-bound bus which has been making the trek for 42 consecutive years. Delaware Hall of Famer Doug White, 72, who spearheaded the trip in 1973 will be towing the line for his 42nd time. Pretty sure he's only drinking wine these days, too;-)

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I'll be missing this weekend's tasting with Jacob Sembler of Willamette Valley Vineyards... bummer. He's got a great lineup of new releases that he'll be pouring here at FranksWine on North Union Street on Saturday from 11am - 3pm and back again on Sunday from 12noon - 4pm.


We'll have a nice spread of cheeses, charcuterie, flatbreads, spreads and crostini from our DiBruno Bros section to pair up with the wines... an sorry, Jacob will be leaving his rolling papers at home.


Cost? It's FREE... yup, we're cool like that.


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Willamette Valley Vineyards '11 Elton Pinot Noir
Regularly Priced at $59.99
$42.99 with 10-pack Sampler Purchase!

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One of Oregon's top ten vineyards, Elton Vineyard is owned by Dick and Betty O'Brien. They planted the vineyard, beginning in 1983, on land inherited from Betty's parents, Elton and Peggy Ingram, hence the name Elton Vineyard and the address Ingram Lane. Deep garnet in color, the wine opens with alluring aromas of mixed berries, almond extract and holiday spice followed by earthy notes of truffles, forest floor and mint. A delightful hint of white peach can be found on the nose. The polished, dense palate displays dark fruits against toasty and smoky essences. Smooth, powerful tannins and lively acidity balance the wine. The ample fruit concentration and spice echo long after the sip finishes.
Go back to your cellar and search for it in 2018.

 

Willamette Valley Vineyards '12 Bernau Pinot
Regularly Priced at $49.99
$35.99 with 10-pack Sampler Purchase!

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Sourced exclusively from 15 acres of Pinot Noir from the first plantings at the Estate Vineyard, Founder Jim Bernau planted these vines using a Christmas tree planter pulled behind his 33 horsepower tractor.

The remarkable growing season of 2012 resulted in perfectly ripe fruit with intense colors and concentrated flavors. A deep, inky shade of purple in the glass, the wine opens with a complex nose featuring plum, blackberry, smoke, freshly overturned clay and game. Flavors mirror aromas on the opulent palate and layer in cedar, tobacco and minerality. Velvet and full-bodied in texture, the focal point of the wine is the well-structured, persistent and polished tannins that are further highlighted by the lift of bright acidity. The 2012 Bernau Block is not just for casual sipping, this wine can stand up to most any gastronomic experience.
Stash it away and forget about it until 2020.

 

Willamette Valley Vineyards '13 Whole Cluster
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$17.99 with 10-pack Sampler Purchase!

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As refreshing as liquid fruit salad in a glass. Bright ruby in color, this wine opens with vibrant aromas of fresh cherries, strawberries and clove with a hint of earthiness. Flavors mirror aromas with a fruity and sweet entry, juicy mid-palate flowing into a soft, well-rounded finished accented by mouthwatering acidity. Enjoy now through 2017.

 

Willamette Valley Vineyards '11 Chardonnay
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$17.99 with 10-pack Sampler Purchase!

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This elegant Chardonnay, sourced from some of the first Dijon Clones planted in Oregon, features intense fruit character of tropical pineapple, lemon and lime accented with notes of sweet vanilla and confectionery sugar. The luscious texture builds up rich flavors of mango, starfruit and barrel spice and the bright acidity finishes clean with a hint of chalky minerality.
Drink now through 2018.

 

Willamette Valley Vineyards '13 Pinot Gris
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$13.99 with 10-pack Sampler Purchase!

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Straw in color, this Pinot Gris offers aromas of tropical papaya and starfruit with a layer of intricate white floral notes. A fruit-forward palate of kiwi, tangerine and peach are accented by a touch of warm spice and a finish that is crisp, clean and refreshing. The juicy acidity strikes the perfect balance of lush fruit and freshness.
Kick it back now through 2016.

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