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A second, value-priced label from Tendril Wine Cellars. After several years as the winemaker at Domaine Serene, Tony Rynders launched his own label, Tendril Wine Cellars, in 2008. The name is an homage to the grape vine.
The wines' labels are adorned with artwork from Tony's daughters.
The lineup includes a Pinot Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir, a PInot Noir Rosé and a Zinfandel.
2017 Child’s Play Willamette Valley Pinot Chardonnay
13.5% alc., 175 cases, $30. screw cap. This is the most successful wine in the Child’s Play lineup. 70% Chardonnay and 30% “White” Pinot Noir, the only still blend of its kind in the US. Raised 6 months in stainless steel. · Light golden yellow color in the glass with the slightest pink tinge. The nose is unusual but very appealing, offering scents of woodsy cologne, warm brioche, white stone fruits and green apple. Refreshing in the mouth with a flavor profile similar to a Pinot Noir Blanc. Lighter in weight, with redeeming white peach, pear and nutty oak flavors in a nicely balanced, easy going style. Cool it down a bit and it will become an ideal summer wine. Skillfully composed. Score: 90. Reviewed June 29, 2018 ARTICLE »
2017 Child’s Play Willamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 48 cases, $30, screw cap. Raised 6 months in stainless steel. · Moderate ruby red color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of dark red raspberry, spice box and rose petal. Bright, clean and seemingly dry, with flavors of red berry, cherry and savory herbs. A silky mouthfeel is enticing. This wine has had significant skin contact and is most like a Pinot Noir raised in neutral oak. Score: 89. Reviewed June 29, 2018 ARTICLE »
2015 Child’s Play Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 868 cases, $30, screw cap. Aged 10 months in primarily neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Off putting nose featuring aromas of charcoal and ash with fruit never showing up. Mid weighted, oak-infused, black cherry, black raspberry and plum flavors backed by dusty tannins. The oak treatment is imposing and the finish is astringent. Score: 84. Reviewed June 29, 2018 ARTICLE »
2014 Child’s Play Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., $24. Tendril second label featuring value-priced wines. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Very shy black cherry fruit with overwhelming aromas of heavily toasted oak. Mid weight plus, oak-infused black cherry and blackberry fruit that isn’t particularly pleasant. Tannins show up on the dry finish. Very little Oregon Pinot Noir typicality in this wine. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the nose was still oak-infused while the palate was a little day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the nose was still oak-infused while the palate was a little more redeeming with more fruit and spice coming through. Score: 86. Reviewed May 10, 2018 ARTICLE »