This full-bodied red offers aromas of lavender, vanilla, and baking spices, complemented by flavors of dark fruits, candied violets and roasted hazelnuts. The finish is long and supple, with hints of vanilla.
While traditionally a Spanish varietal, Tempranillo grows excellently in the landscape of Eastern Washington, especially in warm vintages like 2015. Our Tempranillo was fermented in closed top stainless-steel tanks and aged 20 months in barrel. Aromas of raspberry, tobacco, and vanilla accompany the dark red fruits on the palate. Enjoy this wine over the next 3-5 years, and try pairing with your favorite paella recipe.
Due to the limited availability of this item, the maximum order quantity is 12.
Ruah, which means, “wind, breath or spirit” in Hebrew is the perfect name for our proprietary blend that reflects the unique terroir of the Wahluke Slope. The 2016 vintage features six classic Bordeaux varietals, and a significant portion of the Rhone varietal Syrah to develop a rich and bold red wine.
93 points – Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast
This wine is the inaugural release of our Duck Pond Estate ‘Back Yard’ Pinot Noir from the Dundee Hills – a best barrel selection from our 14-acre estate at the winery, split nearly equally amongst 3 of the 4 clones grown there – Pommard, 777 and Mariafeld (23). We used 30% whole cluster in the ferments, with the resulting wine being handled and moved by gravity then bottled unfiltered, unfined. This blend showcases the beauty of what the Dundee Hills AVA provides, silky luxury with multiple layers and richness. The wine itself has a nose of cherry pie, cinnamon, oolong tea and rose petals, complimented by a palate of lush Bing cherry, and a long, silky finish. This wine can be enjoyed over the next decade
90 Points by Wine Enthusiast. This wine was borne out of the idea of showcasing each of our six unique vineyards – using each of their high notes to make a beautiful melody. To that end, one new barrel was selected from each of the single vineyard blends after they had been crafted, capturing the power of the 2016 vintage in a sturdy frame, and generating a complete and delicious blend from six wonderful parts. This is a burly wine with lots of power and muscle that will be drinking well on its 10th birthday, though will definitely be approachable in the next few years.
Wine Club Exclusive. This “115 clone” Pinot noir shows the hallmarks of a wonderful, ripe vintage. A nose of crushed violets, black raspberry puree and earth leads to a palate of lush black fruit with balanced acidity. This wine will drink well now with a short decant, or will reward with aging over the next 3-5 years.
91 points – Wine Enthusiast
The Hylo Vineyard is our highest elevation vineyard in the South Salem Hills, and contains 74 acres of dry-farmed, old-vine Pommard planted on its own roots. The 2016 Vintage represents the inaugural release for our ‘Hylo Vineyard’ Pinot Noir. Shy at first on the nose, the wine opens up with time in the glass to reveal soft floral aromas, and continues on the palate with cherry and strawberry notes. The refined tannins and bright acid shape this spectacular wine. This subtle wine should build in the bottle over the next five years, but don’t be afraid to open and enjoy it in its youth. 225 cases produced.
92 points – Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast
Established in 1999, the St. Jory Vineyard is a picturesque site, boasting a spring-fed trout pond, mature oak trees and undulating hills. Although primarily planted to Pinot Gris, a small 16-acre block produces exceptionally concentrated Pinot Noir, perfect for showcasing in a single vineyard bottling. This wine is rich and supple, with notes of black cherry and dark chocolate. Though enjoyable now, it will benefit from extended cellaring. 150 cases produced.
90 Points – Wine Advocate
The youngest of our Willamette Valley vineyard sites, the Willow Creek was planted by the Fries family in 2003. Mature willows line the banks of a small spring-fed creek that trickles through the vineyard; the shallow Jory soil and gentle south slope make this an ideal site for Pinot Noir. Fruit from this vineyard results in wines that are earthy yet surprisingly fruit-forward with balanced acidity and spice. 150 cases produced.
90 points – Wine Enthusiast
Our Coles Valley Vineyard is a 300 acre vineyard located in the Umpqua Valley. This limited bottling represents the best fruit Duck Pond receives from the property. A combination of all 3 dijon clones (115, 777, 667) grown on the property, this wine is an excellent example of what this warmer site can produce. The nose is full of scents of blueberry crumble, blackberry, candied cherries and hints of vanilla. The full and lush mouth showcases that same fruit, with enormous depth of flavor and a deft touch of oak. Pairs wonderfully with hearty fare, and can be enjoy now with a light decant, or over the next 5-7 years. 275 cases produced
Celebrating a 25th anniversary is truly special – an occasion where we have crafted a wine to say thank you to all the people who have contributed to our past, and to help usher us in to the future. The 25th Anniversary Pinot Gris was crafted with the idea of making an exemplary Pinot Gris in an unexpected style, while showcasing each of our five vineyards that grow the variety and their unique character. This unabashedly full-bodied style of Pinot Gris is rich and textured with a decidedly white floral nose accentuated by the cinnamon and vanilla of the 1/3 new oak. The wonderful tropical notes (St. Jory), stone fruit (Delaney), mineral (Hylo) characters of the Salem vineyards are lifted by the ripe fruit of the Coles Valley Vineyard and framed by the slight tannic quality of the Duck Pond Estate fruit. This special wine is what Pinot Gris can be when slightly re-imagined. Enjoy a bottle now, but get a case and watch it expand in flavor and refine over the next 2-4 years. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Extended fermentation and full malolactic fermenation have helped capture the beautiful aromatics of the grape while enhancing the texture of the finished wine. As a beneficiary of longer hang time due to its cooler site, this limited bottling showcases the sleeker, subtler side of Pinot Gris – showing citrus and pear notes on the palate, and hints of honeysuckle on the nose.
Our 2017 Skin Ferment Pinot Gris is a wine that showcases the true nature of what Pinot gris can be outside of the “norm.” Treated in much the same way as our small-lot Pinot noir, we used 25% whole cluster, destemming the remainder, and fermented on skins for 14 days prior to pressing. The resulting wine has excellent texture and tannin structure, with flavors of strawberry and cherry on the palate, while maintaining the floral aromas of Pinot gris on the nose. This wine is an extremely interesting and delicious take on Pinot gris. Bottled unfiltered and unfined. 85 cases produced.
Crafted by Wine Club members, for Wine Club members, this wine is juicy, with bright Bing cherry and ripe red raspberry notes on the nose and palate. Fresh acidity highlights the palate that finishes round, smooth and clean.
Our sixth rendition of our Conservation Cuvée is elegant and refined, with a layered nose of ripe cherry, earth and hint of spice. This complex, yet approachable nose gives way to a palate of fresh baked cherry pie and finishes with clean, bright acidity. Each lot of Conservation Cuvée features a different species of wildlife artwork on the label; this limited-production wine is available only at Duck Pond Cellars. For each bottle sold, Duck Pond donates $5 to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Conservation Program.
90 Points: Wine Enthusiast - April 2017 Buying Guide, "It's in remarkably good condition, biscuity and amazingly fresh." - PG
While preparing for harvest, winemaker Trevor discovered something amazing tucked away in our library--tirage boxes filled with bottles of sparkling wine still aging on lees. After a touch of crafting we are releasing this very limited, once-in-a-lifetime sparkling wine. Due to its rarity, no discounts apply and purchases are limited to three bottles per customer.
A special wine library release; limited quantites available. Only the second bottling ever produced of our popular flagship blend, the 1998 Ruah was a true Bordeaux-inspired blend, comprised of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. Softened by age, this Ruah is great paired with your favorite hearty meal. Grab it now before it's gone forever.
Our ‘Heritage Series’ wines are only released in the best of vintages where the varietal has especially thrived and shows components of a wonderful wine. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Heritage Series’ is a small lot, artisanal expression of the varietal. This wine displays a rich garnet color with aromas black cherry, roasted fennel and vanilla. On the palate, moderate tannins are balanced with black cherry, blackberry and plum, with sweet spices taking you through to a long finish. Enjoy now or cellar for up to a decade.
Our Malbec grows wonderfully in the hot, aried Wahluke Slope. This wine showcases the deep color, dark fruit and lush tannin characteristics of this varietal. Aromas of flavors of black cherry and blackberry permeate the attack and mid-palate, while sweet oak and vanilla undertones lead you through the long, silky finish.
A WINE CLUB EXCLUSIVE - Please log in to your account to purchase. The 2015 growing season was excellent on the Wahluke Slope - warm from start to finish which allowed our Mourvèdre (a typically late ripening variety) to achieve full ripeness and character. The nose opens with rose petals and crushed spices, and finishes with notes of cranberry and bright cherry. This lively wine dances across the tongue with just enough acidity to finish clean. A kiss of oak marries well, and serves to cement this as the serious red it is. Drink over the next 3 years.
The 2015 growing season was noted for being one of the warmest in Washington State. Warm consistent temperatures allowed for optimal ripening and character development across all varieties. Ora is an Old World inspired blend featuring varietals found commonly in France, Spain, and Portugal. The result is a truly unique wine featuring aromas and flavors of black currant, cherry cola, black pepper, and chocolate. This unique blend consists of 30% Syrah, 30% Malbec, 23% Tempranillo, 12% Souzao, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
A WINE CLUB EXCLUSIVE - Please log in to your account to purchase. The warm Umpqua Valley is home to our family's Coles Valley Vineyard site. Warmer than the Willamette Valley, this appellation produces a robust Pinot noir bursting with ripe aromas and flavors and a rich, deep color and structure. This is a great wine for drinking now with assertive foods or cellaring for another five years. Only 217 cases produced.
The warm Umpqua Valley is home to our family's Coles Valley Vineyard site. Warmer than the Willamette Valley, this appellation produces a robust Pinot noir bursting with ripe aromas and flavors and a rich, deep color and structure. This is a great wine for drinking now with assertive foods or cellaring for another 5-10 years.
The 2015 vintage was long and warm, with excellent conditions for ripening Pinot noir at all of our vineyards in the South Salem Hills. This blend is a barrel selection of all four of our South Salem Hills Vineyards – St. Jory, Willow Creek, Delaney and Hylo – to create the 2015 expression of our vineyards located on volcanic red Jory soil. Lithe and silky, this blend is balanced with strawberry, cherry and red raspberry tannins, with soft, round tannin. This wine was aged in French Oak for 14 months before bottling, rounding out the finish and allowing time for oak to integrate better with this elegant wine. Drink now or enjoy over the following 2-4 years.
The 2015 vintage was warm and mild, resulting in fruit with complex flavors, balanced acidity and round tannins. The fruit for this wine was harvested from the best block in the St. Jory Vineyard. It was fermented in small bins for optimum extraction and flavor, followed by 11 months in French Oak. On the nose, the wine has notes of cranberry and candied cherry, spice and vanilla. The palate is firm, yet yielding, providing an excellent pairing for full-bodied dishes. This wine is a wonderful expression of our flagship vineyard in the South Salem Hills. Drink now or cellar 3-5 years for a softer finish.
The 2015 vintage was warm and mild, resulting in fruit with complex flavors, balanced acidity and round tannins. The fruit for this wine was harvested from the best block in the St. Jory Vineyard. It was fermented in small bins for optimum extraction and flavor, followed by 11 months in French Oak. On the nose, the wine has notes of cranberry and candied cherry, spice and vanilla. The palate is firm, yet yielding, providing an excellent pairing for full-bodied dishes. This wine is a wonderful expression of our flagship vineyard in the South Salem Hills. Drink now or cellar 5-10 years for a softer finish.
This 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, robust and a great example of the powerhouse reds for which Washington State is known. The wine exhibits aromas and flavors of blackberry, black currant, cinnamon, cocoa and Bing cherry. Enjoy now or age an additional 3-5 years for added complexity.
The 2016 Merlot features a rich and structured palate with flavors of cherry, vanilla, and chocolate,leading to a supple finish. Desert Wind Merlot is enjoyable on a warm summer day with barbecued meats and vegetables, or simply as a great glass of wine before dinner. Enjoy now, though will rewarded with several more years of ageing.
After the strong, rich Gamay of 2015, it was hard to believe what came out of the fermenter in 2016 – something even more explosive. Our 2016 Gamay Noir is outstanding, with deep purple color that stains the glass. The nose is enjoyable with notes of cranberry, orange peel and fruit leather. The palate is fleshy, carrying though those flavors from the nose, with additional hints of allspice and vanilla on a soft and round skeleton. This will be a great pairing for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, or simply, a cozy, rainy night by the fireplace. Enjoy immediately, though 2-3 years of thoughtful aging will be rewarded with an even more complex wine.
The Duck Pond South Salem Hills Cuvée Pinot Gris is a blend of Pinot gris from the Delaney and Hylo vineyards. Fermented in neutral oak, this white offers a wonderfully round mouthfeel. There is a delicate nose of wet stone and cheese rind that ushers in a palate of golden delicious apple, Anjou pear and quince. This well-balanced and delicious wine from our two highest elevation vineyard sites will be best enjoyed over the next year.
The fruit for this wine was hand harvested and the whole clusters gently pressed, resulting in a wine that is rich and lush. Ripe tropical flavors permeate the nose, with a palate showing more traditional flavors of Honeycrisp apple, and quince. Full-flavored, but well balanced, this wine will pair with an assortment of spring and summer fare.
Using fruit from all three of our Pinot Gris producing vineyards in the South Salem Hills, this blend is a tasty combination of stainless steel fermented ‘St. Jory Vineyard’ Pinot Gris, and barrel fermented ‘Delaney Vineyard’ and ‘Hylo Vineyard’ Pinot Gris. The two methods of fermentation led to a complex Pinot Gris, with floral aromatics and a deeply textured palate that showcases notes of white peach, ripe melon and lemon zest.
Wine Club Exclusive. The 777 clone of Pinot Noir was chosen for this wine to showcase the unique qualities of a single vineyard Pinot Noir from our Coles Valley Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley. It exhibits both power and elegance with aromas and flavors of bright cherry and spice. The palate is lush with each sip being a cascade of of flavor.
2016 was a tremendous growing season throughout Oregon, especially at our Coles Valley Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley. For the second year in a row, early bud break, combined with a moderate and long summer allowed for fruit to fully ripen in this vineyard. Our 2016 Pinot Noir is layered and rich, with a nose of candied cherry, spice and sandalwood. The palate is awash with flavors of ripe Bing cherries, red raspberry and soft vanilla notes. The finish is long and plush, with depth and richness, characteristic of a great vintage. Enjoy this Pinot Noir now with a variety of foods such as Atlantic salmon with dill, or a simple spaghetti dinner. Drink now or cellar for 1-2 years.
Our Coles Valley Vineyard, situated in the Umpqua Valley and surrounding the Coles Valley Church is a truly special site. This blend from 11 different vineyard blocks is an approachable, yet serious introduction to our Coles Valley Vineyard. The soft red color speaks to the delicate nature of this wine, with aromas and flavors of cherry blossom, raspberry and strawberry, with just a hint of sandalwood. The palate is smooth, dancing across the tongue with a spice note on the finish. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Our Volcanic Cuvée pays homage to the dominant soils throughout the best vineyards in the Willamette Valley - the volcanic Jory and Nekia soil series. This full-bodied and supple wine has notes of ripe blackberry, blueberry and cherry with spice on the long finish. Enjoyable now, but will continue to evolve over the next five years.
This is the inaugural vintage of our Dundee Hills Reserve Pinot Noir. The wine is a barrel selection from five our of 1.5 ton lots which grow four clones of Pinot noir on the Duck Pond Estate Vineyard. The nose and palate are filled with fresh cherry, red plum and raspberry, framed by bright acidity and elegant tannin.
#3 wine on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Best Buy Wines of 2018 list. 91 Points. "With exceptional texture and detail, this young wine transcends the vast majority of similarly priced Oregon Pinot Gris. Grapefruit, melon and nectarine flavors are there in abundance, with highlights of lemon zest and defining acidity."
This wine was barrel fermented in neutral oak and opens with a nose of orange blossom and hibiscus flower. The palate is round with notes of lemon zest, tangerine, white peach and vanilla bean, and finishes with crisp acidity. Enjoy now or through the next year.
Our Desert Wind Winery Heritage Series is only made in the best vintage years for the varietal. This unique sampling includes three of our most recent Heritage Series wines, ensuring you'll enjoy the best our Washington Vineyards produce. This package comes in a complimentary gift box and ships for $10 anywhere in the Continential US via FedEx Ground. Use promo code Holiday to Save.
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Heritage Series
2016 Merlot Heritage Series
2017 Chardonnay Heritage Series
Our Conservation Cuvée Pinot Noir is crafted using fruit from several of our family's Oregon vineyard sites. This limited-edition wine features the Pallid Bat, one of Oregon's species of greatest conservation need. For each bottle sold, $5 will be donated to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Conservation Program.
Our Conservation Cuvée Pinot Noir - Lot 5 is a partnership between Duck Pond Cellars and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. With each bottle sold, $5 will be donated directly to ODFW to assist with their conservation programs. The wine is delicate, but not without ample notes of cherry blossom, red raspberry, strawberry and hints of sandalwood.
A rare opportunity to enjoy the inaugural releases of our Duck Pond Cellars Estate Pinot Noirs. Each wine showcases the beauty of the Willamette Valley and the Dundee Hills AVA. Our 91 point Dundee Hills Reserve was voted one of the Year's Best Pinot Noirs and the Front Yard is a unique yin to the Back Yard yang. This package comes in a complimentary gift box and ships for $10 in the Continental US. Use promo code Holiday to Save.
2016 Front Yard Pinot Noir
2016 Back Yard Pinot Noir
2016 Dundee Hills Reserve Pinot Noir
The ultimate holiday collection is curated from our favorite Duck Pond Cellars wines to pair with your Thanksgiving and Christmas clelebrations, or just a cozy night in by the fire. This package ships for $10 anywhere in the Continential US. Use promo code Holiday to save. Enjoy this 6 bottle collection including our:
2016 Gamay Noir
1996 Sparkling Blanc de Noir
2016 'St. Jory Vineyard' Pinot Gris
2015 'Coles Valley Vineyard' Pinot Noir
2015 'St. Jory Vineyard' Pinot Noir
2016 'Willow Creek Vineyard' Pinot Noir
Experience the quintessential wines of the Pacific Northwest. This package includes wines from both our Duck Pond Cellars and Desert Wind Wineries, so you get the perfect sampling of the classic varieties of both Oregon & Washington. This package comes in a complimentary gift box and ships for $10 anywhere within the Continential US via FedEx Ground. Use promo code Holiday to save.
This golden amber-colored dessert wine is made from frozen late harvest Semillon grapes sourced from our family's Eastern Washington vineyard. Rich flavors of honey, peach jam and pear marmelade finish with a soft, fruity finish. Try a little drizzled over pound cake with berries or paired with your favorite dessert (we recommend creme brulee or ricotta cheesecake). This also makes a nice partner to nuts and soft cheeses.
$20.00 / Bottle
$240.00 / Case
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