Wednesday, January 22, 2014
It's been a while since I've endeavored to find a $20 Oregon Pinot Noir to get excited about. But I was game for trying this one since Vinodivino made it so easy. They sleuthed out the rating, they ordered it, wrote up the email, offered it a good price, and offered same-day delivery for a flat fee of $1.95. They were smart enough to point out that the overnight lows with wind chill was going to be below zero so why not let them deliver?
Vinodivino now has locations in Newton, Brookline, and Needham. Their model has long hinged on triangulating professional ratings combined with their perspective to provide a focused assortment of wines with high scores and reasonable prices. They've recently upped their efforts to make it easier than ever to get their wines delivered at reasonable prices whether that be by same day delivery ($1.95 flat fee if you're in their coverage zone) or via FedEx ($9.95 a case).
The drive over to Needham takes like 15 minutes without traffic. On a cold winter night with snow remaining on the ground during peak traffic times it would probably be more like 45 minutes - and something I wouldn't make a priority. But with an offer like this where I could turn a review on a potentially high QPR wine like this the same day I couldn't resist. They removed all of my potential objections.
Nice job guys. Well done.
I placed the order around 2:00 pm. They promise same-day delivery between 6-9 pm. My two bottles arrived at 6:20 pm. Terrific! It could not be easier.
Here are my thoughts on the wine...
2012 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Cooper Hill
$18 (Release Price)
6,000 Cases Produced
Vibrant magenta in color, but mostly transparent. Simple strawberry notes with a hint of fake grape overtones. Mild mannered and a bit flat on the mid-palate with a short finish. Enjoyable but priced in line with its quality.
85/100 WWP: Very Good
The same-day delivery option from Vinodivino in conjunction with their eye for highly rated yet affordable wines makes theirs an email list Boston-area wine enthusiasts should check out. When I think of how many months some wine deals drag out it's refreshing to hear about a wine, taste it, and publish a blog post about it within 6 hours.
I think Wine Spectator's 90 point rating on this wine is inflated. Harvey Steiman covers Oregon for the magazine and he's turned me on to a number of terrific values. The 95 rating he bestowed on the 2010 Domaine Serene Evenstad was a great call. But I think he got carried away with this one. No biggie - for $17/btl fully loaded it's still a solid play.
Check 'em out: Vinodivino.com