Westrey Wine Company

Owner(s) David Autrey, Amy Wesselman
Web site www.westrey.com
 
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Amy Wesselman may be best known as the long time Executive Director of the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Oregon, (she took a leave between 2009-2010), but she is also a terrific winemaker. Together with co-winemaker David Autrey, the two founded Westrey Wine Company in 1993. The name Westrey comes from their collaborative winemaking effort (Amy WESselman and David AuTREY). Each has had extensive winemaking experience (Amy at Oregon’s Bethel Heights, Rex Hill and The Eyrie Vineyards and Burgundy’s Domaine de L’Arlot and Domaine Dujac; David at Oregon’s Adelsheim, Cameron and Burgundy’s Domaine Dujac). The two met while studying philosophy at Reed College in Portland and their philosophy of winemaking is nicely summed up in their tag line: “Texture and terroir amidst post-industrial splendor.”

Initially Westrey owned no vineyards but sourced grapes from some of Oregon’s top vineyards including Croft, Abbey Ridge, Bethel Heights, Temperance Hill, Anderson Family and Laurel Hood. Amy and David farm 22 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay at Oracle Vineyard, planted between 1977 and 2008, on their 50-acre parcel of land in the Dundee Hills. They named their vineyard Oracle our of reverence for the importance of "consulting the land first" when making decisions in the winery. The vineyard is adjacent Abbey Ridge Vineyard planted in 1977 by Bill and Julia Wayne, a fortuitous situation for they have worked with Abbey Ridge Vineyard fruit for several years.

Starting with 400 cases in 1993, Westrey currently produces around 3,200 cases in a small winery in McMinnville, with a goal of reaching 6,000 to 8,000 cases over the next ten years. In their winemaking, new oak is kept to a minimum for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alsatian-inspired Pinot Gris sees no oak or MLF. Their style is a departure from many Oregon producers with their emphasis on structure, balance, elegance, texture and aging potential. To that end, their wines tend to have higher acidity, a nod to their Burgundian training.

Westrey Wine Company is located at 1065 NE Alpine St, McMinnville. The phone is 503-434-6357. The wines, including older vintages are sold through retail channels. Prices are very sensible, ranging from $18 to $36. I am sure Amy or David would be happy to have you taste by appointment.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Westrey Abbey Ridge Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $42. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose has a briar, dried oak and geranium theme with a delicate cherry fruit aroma. Much more appealing on the palate with flavors of red cherry, rhubarb and oak. Very elegant, with gossamer tannins, tangy acidity and a faint dried herb streak in the background. The oak tends to overshadow the fruit. This bottle is not up to the usual high standard of Westrey wines from this vineyard. Score: 86. Reviewed November 9, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5%, $19. · Moderate plum color in the glass. Aromas of black plums, prune juice and oak. Dark fruits are featured that have a ripe, cooked quality. Soft with supple tannins and a silky finish. Decent. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Westrey Oracle Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.58, TA 0.55, 844 cases, $23. Westrey’s first estate vineyard is located just north of Abbey Ridge Vineyard. 76% primarily Dijon 777 with small percentages of five other Dijon clones and 24% 32- year-old Pommard clone. Indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in 20% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very fresh aromas of black raspberries and boysenberries with a hint of Asian 5-spice. Delicious dark red cherry and dark berry flavors with a forest tone. Gripping tannins dwarf the fruit initially, but the flavors gain intensity and interest over time in the glass. Like the other two Westrey vineyard-designates, this wine displays a lavish and persistent finish. Not extremely approachable now and will benefit from further bottle aging. Very good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Westrey Justice Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 321 cases, $26. From a vineyard adjacent Bethel Heights Vineyard. Dijon 667 and 777 clones. 27% whole cluster. Aged in about 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Enchanting perfume of fresh dark raspberry glaze with a lovely rose petal garnish. Vivid, discreetly concentrated core of an array of spicy berry fruits supported by ripe, well-integrated tannins, finishing with a long and graceful finish. More body and spice than Victoria’s Secret runway. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Westrey Oracle Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $26. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is slow to emerge, but over time becomes flamboyant, displaying hitone aromas of black cherries. The most intensely flavored and structured of the three Westrey Pinot Noirs reviewed here, with plenty of black cherry and spice pleasure, ripe well-proportioned tannins, and a refreshingly juicy finish. Very Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Westrey Abbey Ridge Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $32. · Moderately light reddishpurple color in the glass. Bright aromas of cherries, strawberries with hints of oak and dried herbs. Tasty array of red fruits with notions of spice and cola. Crisp and charming, soft and elegant, with supple tannins. Rather simple but well-crafted and blessed with finesse. Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Westrey Abbey Ridge Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 219 cases, $33. Aged in 22% new French oak barrels. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red and black berries with spice, floral and forest floor notes. Moderately intense mid palate presence showing power without weight with many subtle flavor nuances. Beautifully balanced with perfectly ripe and well-spiced berries returning to haunt the extraordinarily long finish. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $20. Winemakers are husband and wife Amy Wesselman and David Autrey. Unfiltered. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely nose featuring dark red raspberries, ripe cherries and dried rose petals. Picks up fruit in the glass over time with notes of red hard cherry candy. Moderately light and soft on the palate with cherry notes persisting on the finish which features bright acidity. Can drink now, but like so many Oregon 08 Pinots, has the structure to age. Good (+). Reviewed August 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Westrey Oracle Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $25. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of darker fruits with a hint of oak. Rich, silky and comforting on the palate with darker fruits grabbing the limelight. Not as expressive as would like with a little stem note. Impressive fruit core with the tannic structure and acidity to go the distance. Hold this wine in your cellar while you drink the Willamette Valley bottling. Very good. Reviewed August 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Westrey Oracle Vineyard Dundee Hills Salud Cuvee Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 4 cases, auction item, not for sale. · I love this nose! Beautifully composed scents of fresh cherries, strawberries and Asian spice. Tasty berry core highlighting cranberry with the slightest spice accent. Delicate and bordering on dilute, but packing a wallop of flavor. Supple tannins, zippy acidity, and perfectly adapted for the dinner table. Very good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $22. Amy Wesselman and David Autrey craft small lots of Pinot Noir from purchased grapes and their estate Oracle Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Their wines tend to be lighter and more restrained, are built for aging and are very sensibly priced. · Shy but pleasant aromas of red fruits and Provencal herbs. The red fruit theme carries over in the delicate flavors which include a judicious touch of spice. Juicy and crisp with supple tannins. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Westrey Wine Company Justice Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.,$27. From Bethel Heights’ Estate Justice Vineyard. · he nose is shy on fruit, emphasizing grass, hay, and oak. Demure wood-kissed red fruits on the silky attack. A very light and feminine Pinot Noir with ample acidity and gossamer tannins that will allow it to perform well at the dinner table. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $18. · The nose is shy but quite charming featuring red Pinot fruits. On the palate, there is a panoply of red fruits including cranberry, pomegranate and raspberry enhanced with a subtle oak flourish. The finish is tangy and refreshing and the overall balance is spot on. A very attractive wine which oozes finesse and well worth the tariff.. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Westrey Oracle Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $25. · A charming wine of great complexity that has a heart of red cherry complimented by baking spices, strawberries, and vanilla. Just delicious, with great purity of fruit, slippery tannins, and a clean and dry finish. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Westrey Abbey Ridge Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $36. · This seemed to be an off bottle and not consistent with other Westrey offerings this vintage. The nose offered cranberry, orange peel and a hint of volatile acidity. Earthy, with black raspberry jam and rhubarb flavors with echoes of oak and a citrus overlay. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Westrey Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $30. · The finest barrels from each lot blended into a limited cuvee. Similar to the Oracle Vineyard bottling but richer and more reticent. Aromas of cherries, herbs, hay and oak build in intensity with time in the glass. The fruits are dark and substantial but the wine retains admirable finesse. There are still some tannins to shed but when this one reaches its apex in a few years, it will be one heck of a celebration. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »