Dave’s Pick: 2013 Quintet Pinot Noir, $45.00

This is a wine I’ve been wanting to try for some time. The Burg Hound, always a conservative rater, gave it 91 points—a rarity for him, especially for a wine from Oregon. The wine did not disappoint. The aromas are lovely if a bit reserved, offering floral red fruit with touches of herb and anise. This is an elegantly structured wine filled with silky berry fruit that caresses the palate and lingers on and on. That’s backed by layers of flavor that include tart cherry, mocha, leather and spice. Here’s the good news: if you are a fan of Burgundian Pinot Noir, this is a must try; a beautiful expression of the unique Ribbon Ridge terroir. Now for the bad news: we currently don’t have any in stock. The winery owner recently did a tasting at the shop and brought a bottle of his 2013. We are working on getting the distributor to bring some in for us. In the meantime, try their 2014, a bit more fruit forward effort that is sure to please a wide variety of wine lovers.