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From Checking In On Small Wineries in the Willamette Valley

2016 Broadley Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $20. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Giving aromas of dark cherry and rose petal. Light to mid weight cherry and red berry fruit core with seamless oak backup, easy going tannins, and a juicy finish. Lively, fresh, friendly and open. Ideal for summer drinking and a great value. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Lenné South Slope Select Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc.. Primarily clones 115 and Pommard with a little 777. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose unfolds slowly in the glass but reaches a crescendo over time with soaring aromas of black cherry, ripest strawberry, spice, and dark chocolate with subtle oak highlights. Juicy and luscious on the palate, featuring flavors of dark red, blue and purple berries backed by fine-grain tannins that are nicely integrated. Great potential here. Score: 92-93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Ruby Flora’s Reserve Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 50 cases, $N/A. Composed of Wädenswil 1A clone planted in 1973. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Exotic aromas of red cherry, rose petal and spice. Seamless in character, with mid weight flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice lifted with a bright acid spine. Mildly perceptible silky tannins and an engaging and juicy finish. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 iOTA Phyllis Eola-Amity Hills Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 71 cases, $22. Named in honor of Lynne Pelos’ mother. Aged 6 months in neutral French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light pink color in the glass. A savory styled Rosé featuring aromas and flavors of strawberry, citrus peel and herbs. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 iOTA Duke’s Family Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Chardonnay

12.5% alc., $35. Barrel aged and fermented with limited lees stirring. (Note, the 2016 Chardonnay will be the first from Pelos Sandberg Vineyard). · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Bright aromas and flavors of citrus, tropical fruits, straw and herbs in a food friendly style. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Broadley Vineyards Claudia’s Choice Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 350 cases, $50. Wine named for Broadley Vineyards co-founder Claudia Broadley. Pommard and Wädenswil clones. 70% whole cluster. Wild yeast fermentation in two 3-ton open-top oak fermenters for 14 to 21 days. Starting with pump overs and then two punch downs per day. Aged 14-18 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Lovely aromas of fresh dark fruits and spice although a bit tight. Delicious essence of blue and black fruit mix with a hint of dark chocolate. Firm but mature tannins conceal the fruit at this early stage. The velveteen texture and grand finish leave a memorable impression. Great potential. Score: 93-94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Broadley Vineyards Jessica Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 250 cases, $50. Wine is named for Morgan Broadley’s wife and partner in Broadley Vineyards. This wine is produced each year from the same Dijon clone 667 and 115 section on the estate vineyard surrounding the Broadley’s home. 80% whole cluster. Wild yeast fermentation in a 5-ton Seguin Moreau open-top wood fermenter for 14 to 21 days. Starting with pump overs and then two punch downs a day. Aged 14-18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Shy but pleasant aromas of black cherry, black raspberry and walnut. Silky in the mouth with a vivacious core of dark fruits that really grab your attention and hold on. The wine is boldly structured with tannins and finishes with intensity and purpose. A marvelous wine than will benefit from a few years in the cellar. Score: 94-95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Broadley Vineyards Marcile Lorraine Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 150 cases, $50. Named for founder Craig Broadley’s mother. Produced each year from the same block of old vine Pinot Noir. A blend of Pommard and clone 115. 50% whole cluster. Wild yeast, cooler fermentation in 1.5-ton open-top oak fermenter for 14 to 21 days. Starting with pump overs and then two punch downs per day. Aged 14-18 months in tighter-grained, low toast French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Alluring aromas of darker fruits, particular black cherry, along with scents of spice and underbrush. Luscious and giving and rather precocious with a mid weight core of juicy purple and black fruits backed by energetic acidity and well proportioned tannins. Drink this one while you wait on Jessica. Score: 92-93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Lenné Eleanor’s 114 Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $55. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromatically alive with scents of dark raspberry and black cherry. Inviting core of dark cherry and raspberry fruits in a mid weight style with a deft touch of oak, and noticeable lift on the finish. There is the slightest bit of alcoholic warmth. Score: 90-91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Lenné Jill’s 115 Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $55. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose is both fruity and savory, offering aromas of black cherry fruit and earthy flora. Mid weight in style with muscular tannins framing the flavors of dark red fruits and mocha. Score: 90-92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Lenné Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 800 cases, $38. A new bottling combining the Le Nez and Estate bottlings. About 50% Pommard. Featured wine at 2017 International Pinot Noir Celebration. (score when tasted 11/19/16 was 89-91). · Moderately light garnet color in the class. Aromas of cherry and cranberry lead to a lighter weighted and red fruited wine that is lacy and juicy. Easy to cozy up to, with fine-grain tannins and a good cut of acidity on the satisfying finish. The wine’s appealing texture is its best feature. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 iOTA Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $40. 15% whole cluster. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose will wow you with hi-tone aromas of black cherry, spice and tobacco oak. Somewhat immature, with fresh black cherry fruit flavors underlain with notes of earth and iron. A modest smoky barnyard thread plies the background. There is the slightest bit of alcoholic warmth on the finish. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Lenné Jill’s 115 Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 100 cases, $55. (score when tasted 11/19/16 was 88-90). · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Highly aromatic with scents of black fruits and mocha. Envious attack and length of the dark fruit essence with persistence through the finish. Matched silky tannins offer support. Has the balance to age nicely. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Lenné cinq élus Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $80. A blend of the best barrel from each of the five different estate vineyard blocks. Only produced in great vintages. (score 11/19/16 was 92-93). · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Engaging aromas of dark red cherry, spice and sandalwood. A delicious core of dark cherry and raspberry fruits alerts the palate on entry, enveloping the taste buds, and lasting through a very long finish. Beautifully balanced and truly age worthy. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Privé Vineyard le nord Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

12.9% alc.. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose is very shy and weedy with a hint of red cherry and berry. Lighter weighted, elegant and straightforward with a core of cherry fruit accented with baking spices. The fine-grain tannins are mellow and the wine shows good harmony, but it is austere and the fruit trends toward under ripeness. Score: 88. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 iOTA Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., $40. 15% whole cluster. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Embracing aromas of red cherry, spice, sandalwood and smoke are repeated in the charming flavors on the mid weight palate. Noticeable mouth presence, length and finishing persistence with balanced acidity, a vivacious character and a deft touch of oak. The most balanced wine in this vertical lineup. Drink now to 20/25. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Privé Vineyard le nord Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc.. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The black cherry, black raspberry and boysenberry fruits have a mild highly ripened, roasted quality. Mid weight plus in style with impressive richness of flavor, yet light on its feet. The fruit is well framed by nutty oak and firm tannins. Rather seamless and velvety in texture. Drink now to 2023. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Privé Vineyard le sud Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc.. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Appealing scents of black cherry, bittersweet dark chocolate, coal and underbrush. A delicious bombastic wine with great balance between richness of flavor and energetic verve, offering mid weight plus flavors of black cherry and boysenberry. So luscious, so satiny, so dreamy. This wine has the tannin structure to easily be a 15-year wine. Drink now to 2027. Score: 96. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 iOTA Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

4.2% alc., $42. 100% destemmed. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. A nice fusion of black cherry and dried herbs lifts the nose. The sappiest wine in this vertical tasting, with a plethora of dark fruits, but lacking a bit of vibrancy. The finegrain tannins lead to a dry finish that reveals a slight hint of alcoholic warmth. Drink now to 2022. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Ruby Single Clone Wädenswil Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $125. 40-yearold Wädenswil clone vines planted in Laurelwood soil. Indigenous yeast fermentation. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Seductive perfume of cherry, spice and sandalwood. Lighter weighted flavors of red cherry, cranberry and oak-driven notes of smoke and tobacco. More elegant and engaging than many Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs from the 2012 vintage, with silky tannins and easy drink ability. The oak overlay is a bit imposing. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Privé Vineyard Joie de Vivre Yamhill County Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc. #38 of 108 bottles. · Dark garnet color in the glass. The nose leads off with an array of black stone fruits. Mid weight plus in style, with a hefty load of sappy black fruits and a muscular tannin load to match. The wine builds in intensity over time in the glass and sports a very long finish. Still a stodgy black fruited demon that offers little more than fruit even when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Drink now to 2022. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Privé Vineyard le sud Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.2% alc.. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose offers a combination of black cherry and toasted oak aromas. Light to mid weight in style, with a good attack of black cherry and blueberry fruits framed by a touch of oak. The wine enters better than it finishes. Nicely balanced and pleasurable if unassuming. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 iOTA Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., $38. 10% whole cluster. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Very attractive penetrating aromas of dark cherry, strawberry, spice and pennyroyal. Impressive concentration and ripeness in this very cool vintage, featuring black cherry, dark raspberry and plum fruit flavors with a subtle smoky note and a grand finish. The wine’s juicy acidity and polished tannins make for perfect drinking perfectly now but will last to 2025. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Estate Jill’s 115 Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. More savory than fruity on the nose with aromas of underbrush, dried herbs, dark red fruits and a touch of oak. Mid weight flavors of ripe strawberry and black cherry. Very fresh and wouldn’t know the wine was seven years old if tasted blind. A little earthy with some oak underlay, displaying fine-grain tannins and commendable intensity and length on the finish. Drink now to 2025. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Estate Kill Hill Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of blackest fruits, fertile earth and a hint of volatile acidity. Densely packed with very ripe black fruit with added flavors of black tea and prune. Still sporting some tannins on the finish. Drink now to 2020. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. Best barrels from the 20-acre estate vineyard. Clones 115, 11, 777, 667 and · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Lovely perfume of black cherry, blackberry, baking spices and sandalwood. A burst of delicious black cherry greets the palate with background accents of purple grape, black raspberry, spice and earthy flora. The tannins have integrated and a hint of oak plies the background. Drinking at its peak now but will easily last through 2025. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Privé Vineyard le nord Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc.. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Very sexy nose featuring aromas of black cherry, dark red rose, mulch and vanilla. Light to mid weight in style with a grandiose core of black cherry fruit with a complimentary oak flourish. Impressive intensity from entry to the lengthy finish with enough tannic backbone to carry the wine another five years. Drink now to 2022. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Privé Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc.. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of muddled cherry, spice, vanilla and mocha lead to a middleweight fresh and vivid core of woodsy black cherry fruit. Sleek with resolved tannins and a compliment of tobacco and chocolate oak-driven notes in background. Fades a bit over time in the glass. Drink up. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 iOTA Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

12.9% alc. 100% de-stemmed. · Light ruby red color with a slight orange tinge in the glass. A second bottle tasted was darker garnet with no bricking. Aromas of cherry, tobacco and cigar box. Light to mid weight in style with a core of cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruits framed by bright acidity and gossamer tannins interacting in harmony. The signature barnyard note is evident. The wine has a healthy finish, a satiny texture, and not much tertiary character so should hold to 2022. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Privé Vineyard le nord Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc.. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Exotic perfume that gathers intensity and spice over time in the glass, sporting aromas of blackest cherry, violets, burnt tobacco, warn leather and earthy flora. Aging beautifully with years ahead, offering a mid weight charge of black cherry and blackberry fruits with added notes of spice, cola, BBQ rub, tobacco, herbs and earth. A complex wine with merged tannins and a slight citrus note on the finish. Holds up well over time in the glass. Drink now to 2028. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Privé Vineyard le sud Yamhill County Oregon Pinot Noir

13.4% alc.. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass with no rim bricking. Complex array of aromas including black cherry, spices including cardamom and cinnamon, dark chocolate, sweet oak and earthy flora. An impressive wine in a very warm year, showing a sleek core of black cherry, raspberry, spice and smoke flavors. Polished, with immersed tannins and some finishing generosity. The fruit is a bit too far on the ripe side, but otherwise this is a beautiful wine that has aged magnificently. Drink now to 2022. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »


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