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Alloro is the Latin and Italian word for laurel, the evergreen plant said to symbolize immortality in ancient times and a symbol of peace and victory today. Laurel is a theme of sorts because Alloro Vineyard and Winery is situated on Laurel Ridge, in the Chehalem Mountains just north of Newberg in Sherwood, and the vineyard is planted in the Laurelwood soil series.
David Nemarnik, the CEO of Pacific Coast Fruit Company, is the founder and vineyard manager. Established in 1999, the 78-acre property (28 acres of vines) is planted to Pommard and Dijon clones. A winery specifically designed for vinifying Pinot Noir was completed for the 2003 harvest.
Located in the western reaches of the Chehalem Mountains, the summer days linger leading the wines to have a more generous fruit profile than a number of other Willamette Valley producers. The wines are richly colored and textured as well with a characteristic floral rose note.
The winemaker is University of California at Davis educated Tom Fitzpatrick. The 2,500 case production is 100% estate from the Alloro Vineyard including an Estate, Justina and Riservata Pinot Noir.
Wines are available for sale on the website. Tours and tasting can be made by appointment. The winery is also open Thanksgiving and Memorial Day weekends. 22075 SW Lebeau Road, Sherwood, OR. 503-813-0063.
2014 Alloro Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Chardonnay
13.4% alc., 250 cases, $34. Released November 2015. 100% Alloro Vineyard. Dijon clones 76 and 96. Gently whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation and lees stirring. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderately light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Reserved, but pleasing aromas of lemon creme, nectarine and croissant. Silky on the palate, with inviting flavors of lemon, pineapple, brioche, creme caramel and nutty oak. Nothing but good things to say about this harmonious offering. Score: 91. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »
2013 Alloro Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., 1,300 cases, $35. Release September 1, 2016. 100% Alloro Vineyard. 41% Pommard, 30% 777 and 29% 114. Aged in 24% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose blends aromas of cherry and nutty oak, showing more oak over time in the glass. Light to mid weight in style with a toned cherry core supported by silky tannins and complimentary oak. Easy to drink, with some length to the sweet cherry finish. Score: 89. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »
2013 Alloro Estate “Riservata” Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 300 cases, $45. Release September 1, 2016. 100% Alloro Vineyard. 28% Pommard, 53% 777 and 19% 114. Aged in 41% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Clearly a step up in quality with a more aromatic nose offering scents of ripe dark cherry and a hint of toasty oak. Discreetly concentrated with pleasing flavors of dark cherry and blueberry framed by structured but blended tannins. Softly textured and seductive, with a deft touch of oak. Score: 91. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »
2013 Alloro Estate “Justina” Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., 100 cases, $85. Release September 1, 2016. 100% Alloro Vineyard. 100% Dijon 777. Aged in 71% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of darker stone and berry fruits, opening slowly in the glass. The wine has a strong physique and notable oak presence, with a core of black cherry and raspberry fruit and mildly firm but silky tannins. Creamy in the mouth with a compliment of oak toast and spice. Much more open and enjoyable several hours later when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with the fruit more exuberant as it escaped some of its oak cloak. A serious offering that is age worthy. Score: 93. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »
2006 Alloro Vineyard Estate Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $34. The 70-acre vineyard is situated on Laurel Ridge just north of Newberg at elevations of 375 to 700 feet. The soil is Laurelwood. Dijon and Pommard clones are farmed sustainably. David Nemarnik, founder and vineyard manager, established Alloro (Latin and Italian word for laurel) in 1999. A Mediterranean inspired winery and tasting room with underground cellars was completed in time for the 2003 harvest. This wine is a blend of four estate grown clones, aged in 27% new French oak, and is unfined and unfiltered. · Appealing scent of dark fruits, oak and spice cabinet. Ample ripe black cherry and black raspberry fruit is mouth filling and smoothly textured, and the finish is soft and smooth. Reviewed December 17, 2008 ARTICLE »