VOLUME 10, ISSUE 18
September 29, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Willamette Valley’s 50th Anniversary: A New Look at the Old Guard Pinot Briefs
Stevenson-Barrie is winemaker Michael Stevenson's private project with Scott Barrie. Stevenson has been the winemaker at Panther Creek Cellars since 1994, replacing founder Ken Wright. Stevenson-Barrie was established in 1995. The wines are little known outside of Oregon (there is no website) but have a following there. The Panther Creek Cellars Pinot Noirs are full-bodied and robust, while the Stevenson-Barrie Pinot Noirs are more pretty, elegant wines vinified with no new oak.
Vineyard sources are Freedom Hill, Shea, Momtazi and Temperance Hill.
The wines are sold through select retail channels such as www.avalonwine.com.
Articles About Stevenson-Barrie
2008 Stevenson-Barrie Freedom Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., $32. The Duschee Family planted this vineyard in 1982. Produced and bottled by Panther Creek Cellars in McMinnville. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red cherries, black raspberries, brier, oak and spice. Earthy, slightly smoky, dark red fruited with an oaky edge. Mid weight core with firm tannins and very good length. Hard to get my arms around this wine, but may blossom with more time in the cellar. Good. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 Stevenson-Barrie Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., $32. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Subdued aromas of black fruits with a hint of herbs. The dark red and black berry core has some charm but is imprisoned in tannins at this point. Pretty linear now, and in need of a few more years in the cellar. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. The best of the 3 Stevenson-Barrie wines tasted here. Good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 Stevenson-Barrie Temperance Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., $32. · Marked reduction with aromas of sulfur, burned wood, and flint. Black cherry flavor backed by firm tannins and a significant oak underpinning, showing a sulfur hangover on the finish. Re-tasted the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was unchanged and still significantly reduced. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
2005 Stevenson-Barrie Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $32. · I could not warm up to the aromatics that showed pomegranate, green leaf and oak char. Appealing blue and black fruits, good balance, and a slightly dry finish. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »
2003 Stevenson-Barrie Freedom Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., $28. · This Pinot Noir has a wonderfully expressive nose featuring savory herbs, barnyard and cut flowers. Noticeably more elegant than many of the 2003's from Oregon. Both red and black dark fruits are beautifully composed in a nicely balanced package. Serious juice and a must buy. Reviewed August 28, 2006
2003 Stevenson-Barrie Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
A joint effort from Scott Barie and winemaker Mike Stevenson who is also the winemaker for Panther Creek. · Don't let the plain label scare you away. Attractive aromas of dark fruits and toasty oak lead to a big gulp of intense blackberry and plum fruit, ending with a strong tug of oak. Still closed and needs more time. Reviewed August 28, 2006
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