|Owner(s)||Dave Coelho, Deolinda Coelho|
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A family-run winery owned by Dave and Deolinda Coelho (KOO-AY-lo, rabbit in Portuguese) who produce single-vineyard, estate-grown, terroir-driven Pinot Noir with small amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Honoring their Portuguese heritage, they also make Port-style dessert wines and Duoro-style table wines.
The Coelhos farm three vineyards of about 50 acres within 5 miles of the winery in the McMinnville, Eola-Amity Hills and the soon-to-be-approved Van Duzer Corridor AVAs. The winery is located in downtown Amity in a renovated 1930s-era former hardware store, also housing the tasting room since the 2004 vintage.
Chris Bertsche, the assistant winemaker at Trisaetum, took over winemaking in early 2016.
The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., serving cheese plates. The tasting room is also available for private tastings and events.
2016 Coehlo Coehlo Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.58, RS 0.3 g/L, 94 cases, $45. 50% 777 and 50% Pommard clones. Harvest Brix 22.5º. 100% de-stemmed, 3 to 5-day cold soak, 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new for 14 months and in stainless steel for 2 months. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Soaring aromas of black cherry infused with gentle oak-driven notes of spice and vanilla. The luscious fruit veers to the ripe side, but the flavors of black cherry, pomegranate and blackberry are captivating. Silky in the mouth, with impressive intensity and length and a giving finish. This wine was considerably more harmonious when tasted from an opened bottle later in the day. The richest of the three 2016 Pinot Noirs. Score: 94. Reviewed June 9, 2018 ARTICLE »
2016 Coehlo Delfina Vineyard McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.8% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.59, RS 0.1 g/L, 97 cases, $45. 25% 667, 50% 777 and 25% 115. Harvest Brix 22.5º. 100% de-stemmed, 3 to 5-day cold soak, full malolactic fermentation. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 25% new, and 2 months in stainless steel. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Upon opening, this wine was not particularly appealing. Subdued aromas of black cherry and oak vanillin led to a rustic palate of sweet dark red and black fruits with a noticeable backing of citrusy acidity. Quite a change when tasted later in the day from a previously opened bottle when the wine exhibited considerably more harmony, showing adept oak management and a persistent finish. Score: 92. Reviewed June 9, 2018 ARTICLE »
2016 Coehlo Zeitoun Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.55, RS 0.4 g/L, 95 cases, $45. Unknown clones. Harvest Brix 23.0º. 100% de-stemmed, 3 to 5-day cold soak, full malolactic fermentation. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% neutral. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of a range of dark fruits and a hint of vanilla. Clean, polished and impeccably balanced in a mid weight style featuring an array of perfectly ripened purple and black fruits blessed with adroit oak input. A flat-out gorgeous wine that slides through the mid palate and finish likes its lubricated. Score: 94. Reviewed June 9, 2018 ARTICLE »
2013 Coelho Winery Atracão Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.94% alc., $22. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry jam, prune and marzipan. Concentrated, with a bold mid palate attack of dark berry and prune fruits backed by sinewy tannins and a tug of oak vanillin. Despite the low alcohol, the fruit has a very ripe profile. The fruit-driven finish has a sweet and sour disposition. Score: 86. Reviewed September 3, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Coelho Winery Paciência Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.59% alc., $45. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose suggests some whole cluster with aromas of crushed cherries, exotic spices and rose petal. Caressing in the mouth, with juicy flavors of black cherry, plum, black raspberry and spice in a mid weight style. The fruit really grabs onto to the finish which has impressive length. Score: 90. Reviewed September 3, 2015 ARTICLE »
2010 Coelho Winery Atracão Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir
13.2% alc., $20. Atracão translates as “behold the attraction.” · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Pure and effusive aromas of cherries with a slight scent of herbal oak and straw. Crisp and bright, light in weight, with a core of red cherry flavor, finishing with a tug of herbal oak. Decent. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Coelho Winery Paciência Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., pH 3.90, TA 0.51, 525 cases, $40. Clones are Pommard and Dijon 777. Native yeast, aged in 20% new French oak barrels sur lie for 10 months. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Bombastic aromas of black cherries, spice, seasoned oak, brier and rose petal. Stunning black cherry and black raspberry liquor-like flavor. Palate-staining, yet discreetly concentrated and light on its feet, finishing with large scale fruit flavors that last for a minute. Hints of allspice, oak and tar in the background. Still great the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. An instant festive occasion. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »
2008 Coelho Winery Paciência Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.7% alc., 1,785 cases, $35. · Moderate light dark red color in the glass. Aromas of fresh berry jam, rose petal and oak. Juicy and crisp with an interesting array of flavors including black cherry, red berry, grilled fruits, edible flowers and a hint of oak. Silky on the palate with powdery tannins. Still good the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good (+). Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »