WTSO (Free Shipping!!!)

WTSO is one of the best places to buy wine with their free shipping policy as long as you buy the recommended number of bottles (always 4 or less). Here are some of the wines that pop up on occasion and I highly recommend buying them with the free shipping. I have all my wine shipped to FedEx Office as then I can pick up the wine on my convenience.

2015 Helioterra Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (11/18/2019)
Day 1: Light in color. Classic Willamette Valley with cranberry, spice, earth, dust and cedar. Flavorful and medium, multilayered finish. Excellent value from WTSO for under $20. 90 points
Day 2: Vibrant wine with floral, cranberry, spice, earth, underbrush and sweet fruits. Pleasant overall and medium finish. Maybe not as good as day 1 but close. 89 points
Day 3: A little less intense with more earth character along with spice, floral and minerals. Medium and pleasant finish. 89 points
Recommendation: This is a pop and pour consume on the early side wine. Don’t see this as a long term cellar selection. (90 points) $16.99

2017 Domaine Richard Rottiers Moulin-à-Vent Foudres – France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent (11/14/2019)
Day 1: Good price on WTSO so figure give it a try since Thanksgiving is coming up. Very fruit forward wine featuring raspberries, strawberries and cranberries. Lots of floral also and a bit sweet on the palate. This is a decent offering but certainly not even close to the 93 points a critic gave this. Easy drinking and crowd pleaser. 87 points
Day 2: Very similar to day 1. Lots of fruit and basic table wine. Nothing too exciting here and this wine will not improve with age. 87 points
Day 3: A little better so hope for this wine with some cellaring. Minerality, floral, more concentrated fruit and dust. Actually picks up some funk on the finish. Day 3 has done wonders for this wine. 89 points
Recommendation: Hold this wine for a few years and enjoy. Just not ready yet. (89 points) $15.00

2017 Stangeland Pinot Noir Eola Hills Cuvee – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola – Amity Hills (10/31/2019)
Day 1: An old friend. Have not have a Stangeland in a while. WTSO deal. Very nice with soy, spice, violets, strawberries and minerals. Short to medium finish with good acidity. Solid wine for less than $20.
Day 2: A bit better with beef tips, earth, strawberries, spice and minerals. Very clean wine flavorful. This is young and needs time but the potential is there. 90 points
Day 3: Even better. Strawberry, violets, cherry, spice, minerals and cedar. Medium plus finish. The best day of the 3. 91 points
Recommendation: Buy this on WTSO. Stangeland is one of the most underrated Oregon Producers. (91 points) $16.99

2014 Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir Athena – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (5/17/2019)
Day 1: Soy, cranberry, minerals, earth, dust and spice. Medium plus finish. Good acidity. Solid! (92 points)

2014 Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir Athena – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (4/3/2019)
Day 1: Soy, cranberry, minerals, earth, red currants and spice. Medium plus finish. Complex and a bit better on day 1 than the previous bottle which blossomed on day 3. 91 points +
Day 2: Cranberry, minerals, spice, mushrooms and earth. Medium plus finish and excellent. Just saw this pop up on WTSO right now so buying 4 more. No brainer. 92 points
Recommendation: Buy it on WTSO for $18.99 a bottle. (92 points)

2014 Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir Athena – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (3/30/2019)
Day 1: My friend Brian Bangs (RIP) was the one who introduced me to Boedecker as their distributor in MN. Great QPR. Wood, spices, Rose petals and smoked meats. Medium finish and good balance. Solid. 91 points
Day 2: Wood, strawberry, floral, spice, and smoked meats. Showing some weight today and moderate acidity. This would go really good with grilled meats. 90 points
Day 3: To quote Nature Boy Ric Flair, “Whoooooo!” This is one of the great transformation over 3 days of all time. Beautiful fruit featuring cherry and strawberry. Perfume, underbrush, rose petals, bacon and smoked meats. Concentrated much more on day 3. Medium plus finish and the only minor flaw is acidity which is above average. This is a long time ager. Wow!!! 94 points
Recommendation: If you bought four like me do the 3 day wine review on this one. You will be amazed. If you have one bottle drink after 2021. (94 points)

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