Friday Feature – October 23, 2009

Hello and Happy Friday!

Well, it was bound to happen.  I lost my voice.

Good thing I have this keyboard to help me spread the word that something that I knew existed, but is always hard to find, has found its way into my stash at Perman Wine Selections.

What’s that you ask?  Good Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon for under $20!

This tricky and finicky to grow varietal is difficult to find good examples of for under $20, especially in Oregon.  So it was a no-brainer then for me to focus this Friday Feature on the Roots “Klee” Pinot Noir!

If you are an Oregon Pinot Noir fan, you’re going to want to check this out for sure!

Since I’m doing you a favor by turning you onto this wine, do me a favor by rooting for my Oregon Ducks football team as we look to destroy those bad, bad Washington Huskies this weekend!

Have a great weekend and GO DUCKS,


Coming off the challenging ‘07 vintage in Oregon, people are going to love the ‘08 vintage.  This riper vintage is going to be producing a number of easy drinking Pinot Noir from all through the Willamette Valley.

One of the first releases that I have tasted and loved is this wine from Chris and Hilary Berg.  With ties to Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Idaho and now Oregon, this husband and wife team are producing some really killer wines that once word gets out, will start to gain them some serious recognition.

In 1999, Chris’ parents helped front the cash to plant a 20-acre property in the Yamhill-Carlton District of the Willamette Valley.  By 2002, the couple had produced their first vintage, which yielded just 72 cases.  Currently the Berg’s are both purchasing and supplying their own fruit to make in total a couple thousand cases among all their wines.  So they are still very small, but are now more capable of sharing some of their talents with the wine-loving world.

Chris Berg makes tiny quantities of five different single vineyard wines from some top vineyards.  The “Klee” Pinot Noir is composed of blended juice from those top vineyards that didn’t quite make the cut into the regular bottling.  Second rate stuff?  Not at all, just juice that doesn’t quite have the concentration necessary to age like he wants his single vineyards to be able to.

This wine sells itself, as you really aren’t going to find much else out there from Oregon to compete in terms of quality and cost.  I always put the word quality first, because in my world if it isn’t really good, I don’t want you to try it.  In this case, the “Klee” Pinot Noir is a must try!
$18.99 BTL. / $227.88 CASE

Craig Perman
Perman Wine Selections
802 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone 312-666-4417
Fax 312-666-4487

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