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From Airlie Winery

2015 Airlie Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

12.3% alc., pH 3.35, TA 0.60, RS 0.2g/L, 915 cases, $18. 60% Dunn Forest Vineyard and 40% BeckenRidge Vineyard. Harvest Brix 21.4º. Grapes de-stemmed, fermented in stainless steel after inoculation with a blend of yeasts. · Discreetly concentrated, with flavors of citrus and white stone fruits, backed by juicy acidity. A lovely food wine. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Airlie Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc

12.6% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.60, RS 0.2g/L, 216 cases, $20. Grapes from Dunn Forest Vineyard and BeckenRidge Vineyard. Harvest Brix 21.2º. Grapes were de-stemmed, immediately pressed, settled, racked of lees and inoculated. Cool fermentation in stainless steel for four weeks. · Bright, crisp and refreshing, with aromas and flavors of pear and citrus leading to a dry, thirst quenching finish. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Airllie Willamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.61, RS 0.1g/L, $20. Sourced from Dunn Forest and BeckenRidge vineyards. Harvest Bris 22.1º. A blend of two styles of rosé production. One lot was de-stemmed and sat on skins for 3 days, then transferred to neutral oak barrels for fermentation. The second lot was de-stemmed directly into the press and the juice pressed to tank. A slow, cool ferment followed in stainless steel. The wines were blended, cold stabilized and bottled in February 2016. · Both savory herbs and yellow peach, dark cherry and blood orange fruits are combined in a gleaming, dry and refreshing style that has some finishing generosity. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Airlie Seven Willamette Valley White Blend

11.9% alc., pH 3.19, TA 0.67, RS 1.3g/L, 231 cases, $16. A blend of seven grapes in order of most to least: Müller Thurgau, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Muscat Ottonel. Grapes from Dunn Forest Vineyard. Each grape was fermented separately and then blended. · Reminds me somewhat of Caymus Conundrum. Highly enjoyable, with a pleasing palate of pear, peach, citrus and spice flavors exhibiting the slightest sweetness on the finish. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Airlie Willamette Valley Chardonnay

$18. Clone 108 grafted over to Dijon 76 in 1991 at Dunn Forest Vineyard. Barrel fermented in mostly neutral French oak barrels and malolactic fermentation. · A charming blend of lemon, tropical fruit, honey and butterscotch aromas and flavors. The wine displays admirable balance and a generous finish that is fueled by good acidity. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Airlie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.2% alc., pH 3.44, TA 0.65, 1,046 cases, $28. Sourced from Dunn Forest and BeckenRidge vineyards. Harvest Brix 21.5º. Clones are Pommard, 115, 667 and 777. Grapes 100% de-stemmed, high whole berry content in 1.5-ton fermenters. 3-4 day cold soak, inoculation with variety of yeasts, press and free run wines kept separate. Inoculated for malolactic fermentation and aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 17% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry and spice lead to a lightly weighted but flavorful wine featuring tastes of red cherry, cranberry and strawberry. Noticeable but not intrusive tannins add structure, and a lively acid backbone stokes vibrancy. Quintessential Oregon in character, and reflective of this vintage. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Airlie BeckinRidge Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $40. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Engaging aromas of cherry and spice persist in the glass. Noticeable purpose of attack and finish, featuring lip-smacking flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and spice framed by dry, slightly astringent tannins. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Alloro Vineyard

2014 Alloro Vineyard Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1400-1800 cases. This wine is meant to reflect the personality of the site. Aged in French oak barrels, 25%-30% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Scents of cherry and spice lead off. The mid weight flavors of black cherry and black raspberry impact the mid palate and carry through the silky and modestly endowed finish. The tannins are folded in and the toasty oak in the background adds spicy seasoning and structure. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Alloro Vineyard Justina Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 300 cases. This wine is even more showier, with the most weight and persistence and the most new oak treatment. It is meant to be aged. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is infused with brooding aromas of dark stone fruits and berries with a slight floral and spice accent. Slightly darker fruited in a full bodied, flamboyant style, with more toast overlay, and a very long and hedonistic finish. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Alloro Vineyard Riservata Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

14.2% alc.. Meant to be showier, a little broader and denser with more persistence. Aged in 35%-45% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of black cherry and blackberry with a hint of sweet oak. Mid weight plus flavors of black cherry and blackberry are generous and expansive. Soft, smooth and broad in texture with more noticeable but not intrusive oak treatment, and well-integrated tannins. A step up from the Estate in concentration and finishing length. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Élevée Winegrowers Élevée Vineyard Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

150 cases. From a 5-acre vineyard planted in 1998 in Jory soils owned and farmed by Tom Fitzpatrick. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 25% new French oak barrels. · Moderate cherry red color in the glass. Great Dundee Hills typicality in this wine with soaring aromas of red cherry and baking spices and mid weight flavors of cherry, cranberry accented by earth and iron mineral tastes. Juicy, even slightly tart, with nicely integration oak and some finishing power. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Alloro Vineyard Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, spice, leather, tobacco leaf and raisin. Tertiary characters of tea, rose and tobacco leaf show up on the palate. The tannins have melded and the juicy, long finish satisfies. This wine has aged beautifully. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Alloro Vineyard Justina Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Soaring aromas of cherry, spice and rose petal become intoxicating in the glass over time. A stunning wine with mid weight plus flavors of blackberry and black raspberry with a hint of tea leaf. More natural acidity and less fruit concentration than the 2014 vintage, but highly enjoyable in its own right. The age ability of this bottling is well demonstrated as this wine can easily shine for another 5-10 years. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Alloro Vineyard Riservata Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

Moderate cherry red color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate, tea leaf and spice are framed by fully integrated tannins. Compared to the Estate, the finish is noticeably more generous, spicy and persistent. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Bells Up Winery

2015 Bells Up Prelude Willamette Valley Oregon Rosé of Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 65 cases, $18. 15-year-old, non irrigated vines, clones 777 and 115. Exposed to skins for 24 hours, then pressed before fermentation. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in neutral oak. · Light pinkish orange color in the glass. Aromas of ripe strawberries, brown spices and orange zest. Pure flavors of blood orange, strawberry and spice. Nicely balanced and easy going. Score: 88. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Bells Up Rhapsody Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Blanc

12.8% alc., 116 cases, $22. Aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks for 6 months. No malolactic fermentation. · Light greenish-yellow color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of apple, citrus and pear in a clean and fresh style, with a savory bent and a riff of aciddriven salinity. Score: 86. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Titan Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.59, 128 cases, $40. Fall release. 24% Pommard (25-years-old), 38% 115 (15-years-old), and 38% 777 (15-years-old). Both Jory and Willakenzie soils. 100% de-stemmed, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Decanted before tasting, but still shy, offering aromas and flavors of dark cherry, plum, spice and toast. Well-balanced, with a modest but satisfying finish. Score: 89-90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Bells Up Villanelle Tonnelier Vineyard Reserve Yamhill-Carlton Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 53 cases, $54. A barrel selection. From a 3.5-acre vineyard on sedimentary Willakenzie soil. Equal parts free run clones 115 and 777 (15-year-old vines) aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 45% new. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting complexity in this wine sporting aromas of black cherry, dark raspberry, spice and tobacco, and flavors of black cherry, orange pekoe tea and spice. Plenty of fruit driven power to please, but easy to cozy up to with suede-like tannins and an energetic finish. Score: 90-91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Titan Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., pH 3.77, TA 0.60, 163 cases, $40. 34% Pommard clone from Chehalem Mountains and 33% each clones 115 and 777 from Yamhill-Carlton. Both vineyards are planted in Willakenzie soil. Grapes picked after September rains. Aged 11 months in 40% new and 60% neutral French oak barrels. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Earth-kissed aromas of cherry and orange pekoe tea. Elegant, with a “crunchy” texture, featuring cherry and spiced plum flavors, and a juicy finish. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Brooks Winery

2015 Brooks Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé

14.2%, pH 3.37, TA 0.58, RS 1.4 g/L, 1,000 cases, $18 (sold out). 54% Muska, 30% Crannell and 16% B&J vineyards. 54% straight to press, 46% cold soaked for 6 hours. Fermented in stainless steel. · Moderate salmon color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with scents of strawberry, blood orange and yellow apple. Crisp in the mouth, with flavors of strawberry, cherry Sunburst candy, blood orange and watermelon, an added hint of herbs, finishing with a good cut of acidity on the thoroughly dry finish. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Brooks Bois Joli Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Riesling

12.5% alc., pH 3.00, TA 0.86, RS 31.7 g/L, 300 cases, $24. A medium dry offering. Vineyard planted at 720 feet elevation in marine sedimentary soil. Sent straight to press and fermented in stainless steel. Cross-flow filtered. · Terrific in every way, featuring a core of white peach, apricot and pear fruits that soar on the nose and palate. Good concentration, and lively acidity, with a glorious peach-driven finish. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Brooks Sweet P Eola Amity Hills Oregon Riesling

11.6% alc., pH 3.01, TA 0.81, 600 cases, RS 39.7 g/L, $24. 100% estate grapes. Medium dry. · Very clean aromatic profile, featuring scents of stony fruits, white flowers and mineral. Admirable acid and sugar balance with a juicy thread of white peach, apricot and tropical fruits spearheading the pleasure. The wine finishes with a cleansing burst of acidity. Sweet P is for me. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Le Chenaie Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Riesling

$24. Moderately sweet. · This wine is infused with mineral and petrol notes typical of great Riesling. The crisp texture delights as does the citrusinfused finish of noticeable persistence. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Orchards Fold Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Riesling

12.9% alc., $24. Dry. · Aromas of petrol, petrichor and citrus. More austere, similar to sucking on a lemon peel, with a tight, dry finish. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Tethys Late Harvest Willamette Valley Oregon Riesling

11.5% alc., pH 3.14, TA 0.94, RS 140 g/L, 375 cases, $25. · Very pleasurable and not at all cloying or overtly sweet with flavors of fig, yellow raisins, honey and nuts. Spirited acidity keeps the wine buoyant and lively. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Ara Willamette Valley Oregon Riesling

13.8% alc., pH 3.00, TA 0.92, RS 12.9 g/L, 300 cases, $28. 50% estate fruit. Dry. · Scents of flint, petrol, ripe apple and peach on the nose, and enticing flavors of apple and pear on the palate in this crisp, refreshing wine WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.54, 1,500 cases, $38. 58% Brooks Estate Vineyard with contributions from several other vineyards in the Willamette Valley, primarily Eola-Amity Hills. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Cross-flow filtered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A mix of red and black berry, spice and forest floor aromas rise from the glass. A hint of volatile acidity quickly blows off. Thoroughly seductive in the mouth, with luscious flavors of black cherry, dark red berry and plum. The fruit goodness seems to build over time and the wine achieves progressive goodness the more one tastes it. Highly flavorful, yet gracious in character, with a substantial tannic backbone that ensures age ability, and a delightful finish offering both intensity of fruit flavor and valued grip. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Big Cheese Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

14.50% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.52, 100 cases, $48. 50% Pommard and 50% 777 clones, ten-year-old vines. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose leads with fruity plum, blackberry and boysenberry aromas as well as lesser noted nutty oak and savory forest floor aromas. Fruit forward and ripe, featuring flavors of purple grape, black cherry and boysenberry in a mid weight styled wine with complimentary oak in the background and some finishing length. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Crannell Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.60, 300 cases, $48. Vineyard planted in 1984 at 550 feet elevation in volcanic basalt soil. 75% 115 and 25% Pommard. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Cross-flow filtered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red cherries and berries and rose petal arrive over time in the glass. Light to mid weight in style, with a charge of black cherry and raspberry fruits underlain with a touch of smoky oak. Nicely composed and easy to like, with a welcome surge of uplifting acidity on the finish. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks La Chenaie Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., pH 3.41, TA 0.60, 75 cases, $48. Vineyard planted in 2006 at 485 feet elevation in ancient volcanic soils. Wädenswil clone. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Cross-flow filtered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cherry, Asian spices, earthy flora and a touch of oak. Silky, elegant and reserved initially, showing more mid palate expression and finish over time in the glass. The wine’s light to mid weight flavors of dark red cherry, cranberry, raspberry and plum are infused with racy acidity that is most evident on the lip-smacking and hi-pitched, citrus-driven finish. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.51, 250 cases, $48. A legacy vineyard planted in 1981 at 675 feet elevation in volcanic basalt. Vineyard farmed sustainably and organically by Dai Crisp since 1999. 40% 777, 31% Pommard and 29% Wädenswil clones. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Cross-flow filtration. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose draws you into the glass with uplifting scents of crushed dark cherries, blackberry jam, earthy flora, herbs and vanilla. Very silky in the mouth, with a complex flavor profile of black cherry, blackberry, root vegetables, earth and mushrooms. Plenty of sap to satisfy, yet with an elegant demeanor, and exceptional length on the finish. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Brooks Terue Wines York Hill Vineyard Columbia Gorge Oregon Pinot Noir

12.2% alc., $48. A second label for wines from outside the Willamette Valley. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Very elegant, with aromas and flavors of cherry, blueberry, Damsel plum and spice. Gentle tannins, good vibrancy, and a pleasing, but short finish. Score: 88. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Brooks Rastaban Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

12.0% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.59, 300 cases, $55. Rastaban is a star, the eye of the dragon in the constellation Draco. A barrel selection first produced in 2003 from Momtazi Vineyard. This wine is composed of Pommard, 115 and 777 clones from the Brooks Estate Vineyard that has some of the oldest, biodynamically farmed vines in the Willamette Valley. A consistent elegant style of wine vinified with small amount of new oak - 20% in this vintage, and often the best effort of the vintage. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The promising aromas of cherry, black plum, spice and forest floor entice. Light to mid weight in style and reflective of the vintage, with a pleasing charge of red and purple fruits accented with cardamom spice and Italian herbs. Very juicy, with fine grain tannins and a finish that warms the soul. Score: 92-93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

Moderate crimson color in the glass. The savory nose offers scents of compost and mushroom with subtle notes of wild berries. Elegantly composed, with a middleweight core of earth-kissed plum and marionberry flavors backed by juicy acidity. There is noticeable staying power on the glorious finish. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

12.2% alc.. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Redder fruits such as cherry and cranberry are featured along with notes of sandalwood, tea leaf, and a hint of mushroom. Rather delicate and light in weight, with some oak inlay and dry tannins on the finish. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc.. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Ripe purple berry and stone fruits blend with savory notes of mushroom and herbs on the nose. Nicely composed, with ripe, but not overripe flavors of black plum and boysenberry with a hint of spice. The tannins are submerged and the finish has staying power. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Intoxicating aromas of cherry, wilted rose and potpourri lead to a lightly weighted and elegant wine that is more savory than fruity with flavors of tea leaf, herbs, tobacco, smoke alongside light red fruits, finishing with a dry, slightly grippy finish. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Knudsen Vineyards

2014 Knudsen Vineyards Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.52, 560 cases, $55, screwcap. Clones 667, 777 and 115 planted in 1994-2004 in Jory soil at 570 to 810 feet elevation. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A very gracious wine with vibrant aromas of cherry compote, Asian spice and a hint of graham. On the palate, there is impressive purity of dark cherry and blueberry fruit flavors with a savory thread in the background. The interplay of fruit and savory elements give the wine a special credence. The tannins are suave, the oak is deftly integrated, the thirst-quenching, lengthy finish is fueled with vivid, tangy cherry goodness. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Amalie Robert Estate

2013 Amalie Robert Estate Heirloom Cameo Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

12.9% alc, 86 cases, $50. Estate grown and bottled. Dijon clones 76 and 95. Whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in a single 500 liter French oak puncheon without lees stirring. Full malolactic conversion. Aged on lees for 14 months then cold stabilized. A small amount of stainless steel fermented wine that did not under go malolactic fermentation was blended back into the wine before bottling. · Moderately light golden straw color in the glass. The nose is replete with aromas of lemon rind, apple and prickly pear. Both saline and earth charged, with primary flavors of lemon, pineapple, melon and subtle oak. Not a mainstream flavor profile and very individualistic, finishing with some length. Could be highly desirable or just unusual depending on your viewpoint, but in any case the wine is well composed. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Amalie Robert Pabuk’s Gift Late Harvest Botrytized Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

10.2% alc., 52 cases, $50 (375 ml). Estate grown and bottled. At the end of September in 2012, extensive rains led to botrytis (noble rot) in the Chardonnay grapes particularly in one block. This rare event was caused by warm weather following typhoon Pabuk. The rains started the fungus infection, but the subsequent weather held it in check. Harvest Brix was 37.4º. About half Dijon clone 76 and half Dijon clone 95. · Moderately light cantaloupe color in the glass. Aromas of fig, ripe pineapple, honey and wax and a dead ringer for a French sauterne. Delicious flavors of dried apricot, honey, tropical fruits and fig spread. Somewhat viscous, not overtly sweet, sliding off the back of the palate like a silk sheet. The finish is notably adorned with intensity. A superb sweet wine with a story (read about it on the website) that makes it even more appealing. I do not drink much sweet wine and review even less, so a score would be superfluous. I would just say, I loved the wine. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Amalie Robert Estate iPinot Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 300 cases, $28. iPinot is composed of reserve quality barrels of wine selected for the luxury tier of Pinot Noirs blended to create a reserve level wine without the reserve level price. After Amalie’s Cuvée and the Estate Selection are determined, this wine is made from a few favorite barrels of wine without homes. Whole cluster inclusion and feral yeast fermentation. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is very earthy, with aromas of mulch and mushroom, and subservient black cherry fruit in the background. Light to mid weight flavors of cherry and red berry are robed in ripe tannins. The wine has enviable harmony and a cherry-fueled finish that has good
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Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Amalie Robert Estate Dijon Clones Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc, 1,030 cases, $40. 100% estate grown and bottled. A collage of seven Dijon clones from twelve dry farmed vineyard blocks. The individual blocks were fermented with whole clusters and feral yeasts from the vineyard. The lots were aged a minimum of 12 months in French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Exuberant perfume of black cherry cordial, rose petal, spice and pine oil. Ripe and rather bold, with a mid weight plus array of succulent black cherry, black raspberry, blueberry and pomegranate fruits that envelope the palate with sap and persist through a bodacious finish. Smooth, even creamy in the mouth, with filigree tannins. A wonderful reflection of the 2012 vintage. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Amalie Robert Estate Amalie’s Cuvée Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 295 cases, $50. This wine is a barrel selection by Dena that reflects her palate and the site, and is meant to be approachable upon release. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas of cherry, rose petal and spice are so enthralling, I was in no hurry to taste the wine. Very seductive, with a core of fresh black cherry, black raspberry and blueberry fruit flavors that saturate the mid palate and return in waves on the extraordinarily long finish. The wine is beautifully crafted with a supportive tannic spine and balancing acidity, but it is the finish that separates this wine from the pack. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Amalie Robert Estate Estate Selection Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 295 cases, $50. Ernie’s barrel selection meant to reflect the vineyard and his palate. Each block in the vineyard is fermented with whole clusters in small 1.5-ton lots and aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of black cherry, rose petal, mushroom and pine sap lead to a middleweight styled wine with attacking flavors of black cherry and raspberry. The fine grain tannins are well proportioned, their is seasoned oak in the background, and the wine finishes with a juicy and admirably long finish. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Amalie Robert Estate Pommard Clone Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 45 cases, $65. Two barrels of the most compelling Pommard clone wines in the cellar. Fermented with whole cluster and feral yeasts from the vineyard. Aged for a minimum of 18 months in a new and neutral French oak barrel. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Whole cluster imbued nose featuring aromas of black cherry, cola, loads of spice and toast. The delicious core of sweet cherry, raspberry and spice flavors light up the palate. The ripe tannins are well matched, oak adds a deft touch of seasoning, and the finish hangs on until you take another sip. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Amalie Robert Estate Wädenswil Clone Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 45 cases, $65. Clone is planted in sedimentary soil vineyard blocks. Two barrels of most compelling Wädenswil clone in cellar. Whole cluster fermented with feral yeasts and aged a minimum of 12 months in on new and one neutral French oak barrel. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Blackberry, forest floor and hazelnut aromas fill the glass. Substantial tannins support the mid weight plus core of luscious black cherry, black raspberry and blackberry fruits that have the right accent of spice. The haunting blackberry-filled finish makes quite an impression. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Amalie Robert Estate The Reserve Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 65 cases, $100. The vintner’s favorite barrels of the vintage.Half Pommard and half Wädenswil clones. Whole cluster inclusion and fermentation with feral yeasts. Aged a minimum of 18 months in new oak barrels, a third of which was very tight-grained wood grown in Russia. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Exuberant aromas of cherry, wildflower, baking spice and nutty oak. The gorgeous core of black cherry fruit is blessed with supportive, age worthy firm tannins. Flavor notes of exotic spices, vanilla and nutty oak add interest. Long in the mouth and extremely long on the extraordinary finish. A serious, connoisseur's wine that needs time in the cellar for full enjoyment. Even better when tasted several hours later and the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Did I say the finish goes on and on? Score: 97. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Amalie Robert Estate The Uncarved Block Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., 1,060 cases, $30. An introduction to Amalie Robert Pinot Noir. Estate grown and bottled. Represents all the clone and rootstock combinations of Pinot Noir grown in the estate vineyard. Fermented with whole clusters and feral yeast. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Typical whole cluster infused nose with aromas of cherry, rose petal, pine sap and sandalwood. Light in weight, with flavors of red cherry, cranberry and baking spices framed by bright acidity and silky tannins. This wine reflects the very cool vintage admirably. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »


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