VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Owner and winemaker Cody Wright is the son of noted Oregon winemaker, Ken Wright. His stepfather, Rollin Soles, runs Argyle Winery, and his mother, Corby Stonebraker-Soles, now married to Rollin, is a partner in ROCO. Cody grew up in the Willamette Valley and worked at wineries in Oregon, New Zealand and Australia. He now divides his time between working as assistant winemaker at ROCO Winery and his own brand.
The Purple Hands name and label were created to reference the contrast between winemakers' wine-soaked cellars, clothes and hands, to formal attire that winemakers don for wine events. The label for the Purple Hands Blend comes from a black and white picture of Ken Wright and Mike Etzel at a tuxedo dinner depicting their purple-etched hands contrasting with their tuxedos.
The 2009 Purple Hands Pinot Noir is from the Holstein Vineyard and the 2010 Purple Hands Pinot Noir is from Stoller Vineyard, both in the Dundee Hills.
Purple Hands wines are sold directly online and distributed to wine retail stores and restaurants.
Articles About Purple Hands
2012 Oregon Value Priced Pinot Noirs Honorable Mention (9.17 12/26/2012)
2014 Oregon Value Priced Pinot Noir Honorable Mention All-Americans (10.2 12/22/2014)
Large Review of 2009 & 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs With a Few from 2008 & 2011 (9.7 5/9/2012)
Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir & More (9.42 5/25/2014)
2012 Purple Hands Stoller Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., 700 cases, $24. Clones are 777 and Wädenswil. · Moderately dark reddish purple color. Very shy upon opening, slowly revealing aromas of black raspberry, black plum and subtle oak. Middleweight flavors of dark stone and berry fruits backed by muscular fine-grain tannins and a modest oak sheen. Rather linear at this time with the fruit still compressed in tannins. Score: 88. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Purple Hands Barbon Wahl Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., 200 cases, $30. Pommard clone. · Demure aromas of dark berry jam, spice and balsam. Juicy and appealing, with a discreetly concentrated core of fresh, juicy dark red and black berries. The wine possesses an admirable attack and finish with balanced tannins. Score: 89. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 Purple Hands Oregon Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.69, $30, screw cap. Sourced from Stoller Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Clones are Wädenswil and 777. 95% de-stemmed, 6-day cold soak, aged 9 months in 10% new and 90% neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very aromatic with bright scents of dark cherries and berries, plum, wood spice and herbs. Medium weight flavors of brandied cherries, red plums and savory herbs. Juicy and crisp with mild tannins and an uplifting finish. Good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
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