James Suckling, 92 points
“Some gently toasty hazelnut aromas make for an attractive entrée into riper peach, clotted cream and lemon-curd notes. The palate has some light honey and very smooth poached-pear flavors with a supple, citrus edge. Drink now.”

Wine Enthusiast, 90 points
“In a full-on, take-no-prisoners style, this wine rocks. Superb concentration pushes through with flavors of citrus and apple, along with peanut oil and pastry notes. It spent 16 months in one-quarter new French oak. “

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • APPELLATION
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750mL

92 POINTS! A legendary producer at a simply drink-all-the-time price!

You might think you’re drinking a French wine when you pop the cork on this one. Meursault, for example, from Burgundy, often has a wonderful toasted hazelnut note -- and so does this. Drinking perfectly right now -- everyone needs a few bottles of good Chardonnay on tap, are we right? ONLY 38 CASES! We’re loving this right now and you will too. While it lasts!

THE STORY TO KNOW

"Oregon Pinot heavyweight Ken Wright founded Panther Creek Cellars in 1986, establishing his reputation for making big, fruity, collector-worthy, Pinot noirs. He garnered significant accolades for his signature blends as well as single vineyard designate wines from Shea Vineyard, Temperance Hill, and Freedom Hill Vineyard. In ‘89 Wright moved Panther Creek into McMinnville's Power Station, and in 1994 Mark Vlossak of St. Innocent took over as consulting winemaker, cementing the brand’s award-winning style. After Vlossak's run, winemaker Michael Stevenson and assistant winemaker Bill Hanson took the wines in a more natural, nuanced direction. Then, in late spring of 2013, the winery was acquired by Bacchus Capital Management, a private equity fund investing in the wine industry, and Tony Rynders of Domaine Serene fame took over as consulting winemaker.  Panther Creek opened its Woodinville, WA tasting room in May of 2018."