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Vineyard: Illahe

OwnerLowell Ford
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 WildAire Timothy Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.55, 260 cases, $25, screwcap. This wine is dedicated to Matt Driscoll’s father, who loved to hike in the Appalachian Mountains and return to the homestead to share a glass of wine with family and friends. Sourced from Shea, Kiff, Illahe and Zenith vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, proprietary yeast. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very fragrant initially with aromas of raspberry, cherry, rose petal and dried herbs, losing interest over time in the glass as the fruit aromas faded. Middleweight flavors of cherry and raspberry with a hint of spice and noticeable oak presence. A forward drinking, back porch wine. Score: 87. Reviewed December 11, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Evehsam Wood Illahe Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $27. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of dark berry jam and wine cave. A ripe profile of blackberry, black currant and plum fruits backed by firm, structured tannins. Noticeable grab and hold finishing intensity. Very true to the character of this vineyard that features darker fruits, substantial tannins and more finishing power. Cellaring should mollify the tannins. A hint of alcohol heat shows up on the finish. Score: 90. Reviewed December 11, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 WildAire Reserve Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 250 cases, $35 (sold out). Crafted from select barrels from several legendary Oregon vineyards (Kiff clone 777, Shea Wädenswill clone, Zenith clone 115 and Wädenswil, and Illahe Pommard clone). 100% destemmed, Native and proprietary yeast fermentations. 23 days on the skins. Aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Appealing aromas of black cherries, loganberries and loamy earth. Relatively approachable for a reserve wine, with tasteful notes of black cherry, boysenberry, plum and spice. The tannins are balanced and the wine finishes with a moderately intense charge of cherry fruit. The wine improves over time in the glass indicate age worthiness. Score: 91. Reviewed December 11, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Bethel Heights Iliahe Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 125 cases, $50. This vineyard is located in the foothills of Oregon’s coast range of mountains. The name, Illahe, is a local Chinook word for soil or earth. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty of savory blueberry and blackberry fruit with spice, underbrush and earthy accents on the nose. This unique terroir-driven wine features layers of flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, black currant, anise, iron and earth. The youthful tannins are well integrated and the finish is bold and lengthy. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with more composed and expressive fruit. Score: 92. Reviewed December 11, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Evesham Wood Ilahe Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 150 cases, $30. Release November 2012. A single vineyard barrel selection produced since 2007. Primarily Pommard clone. · Moderately rich array of darker berry fruit with an earthy undertone. Chewy, with firm tannins, and quite restrained at this stage. Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lundeen Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 100 cases, $30. From Genius Loci Wines. Sourced from Ana Vineyard in the Dundee Hills (40%) and Illahe Vineyards in the Willamette Valley (60%). Aged 18 months in 25% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. A little reduction upon opening blows off revealing aromas of red cherries, raspberries, cranberries and a hint of tobacco oak. Light red fruits are featured with oak in the background. Gentle tannins and lively acidity make for easy drinking. Decent. Reviewed May 5, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 1,650 cases, $14.79 (full retail $18). Produced from sustainably grown grapes in non-irrigated vineyards (Illahe, Eola Springs, Hidden Rocks and Mahonia). Aged 11 months in 10% new French oak barrels. Unfiltered. · Light in color with a reddish hue. Good aroma volume of strawberries, cherries, sandalwood and dried red rose petals. Tasty core of red berries, red cherries and red plums with a respectable mid palate attack. Elegantly styled and forward drinking with a cherry-filled and refreshing finish. Typical reserved but charming Evesham Wood style. Very good and a steal at this price. (The 2010 vintage of this wine has been released) Reviewed November 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »