VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Ayres Vineyard & Winery
"We grow it. We make it. We live it. We love it." Three generations live among the vines at Ayres Vineyard & Winery, located in Oregon's Ribbon Ridge AVA. A vineyard was planted in 2001 on what was formerly a filbert orchard. 3 acres of Pinot Noir, clone 667, were initially planted and the vineyard has grown to 18 acres of various Pinot Noir clones (113, 115, 777, Pommard), an experimental plot of white grape varieties and an underground winery.
Winemaker Brad McLeroy grew up in Kansas and after operating a wine store in Kansas City for many years, became enamored with Oregon Pinot Noir. He moved his family to Oregon and began work as the cellarmaster for Domaine Drouhin Oregon. His in-laws, particularly Don McClure, were interested in winegrowing and a family partnership was formed as Ayres Vineyard & Winery.
The 2007 Ayres Pioneer Pinot Noir was a featured wine at the 2009 IPNC. Contact the winery for pricing and availability of the wines (503-538-7450).
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