94 Insider Points
Very Good - Wine Advocate
Globe-trotting Pinot Noir hounds, Maison L'Envoye has established themselves as one of the modern negociants. This offering is a blend of their vineyard holdings in Eola-Amity Hills, and Ribbon Ridge. A beautiful nose of red cherry, strawberry, and warm spice, with a well-balanced palate of cranberry, vanilla, and baking spice. This is a composed and elegant bottle of Pinot with soft tannins, low alcohol, and generous mouthfeel. -WB 5/17
"Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Straight Shooter is redolent of crushed raspberries and wild strawberries with hints of tree bark, cinnamon stick, and Sichuan pepper. Light to medium-bodied, it has bags of character and styling at this very humble price point, offering pleasantly chewy tannins and savory flavors plus appealing harmony." - Wine Advocate
Willamette Valley, OR
Driven by the continuous search for the globe’s most elusive Pinot Noir sites, this wine comes to us from some serious champions of the varietal! Sourced from Willamette Valley’s sub-AVAs of Eola-Amity Hills and McMinnville, you won’t find more carefully selected vineyard blocks or a more focused commitment to Pinot Noir.
Reasons we love it:
- 94 points of praise. 2015 has been hailed by many as a “nearly ideal growing season” with Wine Enthusiast throwing out 94 points for 2015 Oregon Pinot Noir. Concentrated and balanced was the result of one of the region’s hottest and driest vintages to date.
- Founder Mark Tarlov. His Maison L’Envoye label has been a standout since day one with Wine & Spirits naming it a 'Winery To Watch' in 2015 as well as he himself being written up as one of the “9 People You Need To Know In American Wine Right Now.” You also probably recognize Mark’s name from his notoriety in the world of Pinot Noir with the success of co-founding Evening Land in 2007.
- Additional winemaking eminence. Winemaker Felipe Ramirez is a breath of fresh air. Young. Passionate. Enthusiastic. And with a global winemaking resume spanning Alsace, Bordeaux, California and, of course, Oregon.
- Pinot Passion. When asked why he loves Pinot Noir, Mark Tarlov told Forbes: “It’s a sexy wine...It can be a celebration wine and a seductive wine - but it’s a cerebral seduction. Pinot is like a party guest who you invite because they are going to add something and be interesting, but not dominant; sexy but not slutty.”
Hand-picked, unadulterated Pinot Noir from pristine vineyard blocks across Willamette Valley. The 5% whole cluster ferment influences the intense aromatics of dark cherry and blue fruits alongside subtle earth and elegant floral notes. The palate mirrors the nose and is full of freshness with a touch of oak for texture and balance. Vibrant acidity and soft tannins support the flavors through a long, satisfying finish.
Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L'Envoyé traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles. With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley and Tasmania, Maison L'Envoyé champions many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. This project has been a standout since launching in 2011 including Wine & Spirits naming Maison L'Envoyé a 'Winery To Watch' in 2015.
Supple tannins, silky texture, and balanced acidity that makes it the perfect wine to enjoy with a wide array of food. It pairs particularly well with tomato-based pasta dishes, thin-crustpizza, grilled lamb, and turkey.