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
Dave Masciorini bought Namasté Vineyards in Dallas, Oregon, in 2002 (previously it was named Van Well Vineyard), although he hailed from Northern California and knew little about Oregon wine. The 34 acres of vines had been planted from 1980 to 1983.
Masciorini hired vineyard consultant Jim Huggins of Eola Hills to bring the vineyard up to speed and hired a winemaker, Andreas Wetzel of Chateau Bianca Winery, a nearby neighbor. Varietals produced include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Grapes are also sourced from the Walla Walla region of Washington.
A large tasting room on the estate is open daily at 5600 Van Well Road in Dallas. The wines are also sold through the website. Future plans call for an aging cave and winery.
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