2010 Westrey Wine Company, Abbey Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
Westrey Wine Company takes its name from its founders Amy Wesselman and David Autrey, who started their winery in 1993. They met when they were both philosophy majors at Reed College, but they soon discovered a mutual passion in wine and, long story short, their focus is now on creating elegant and ageworthy Pinot Noirs, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, at their eponymous McMinnville winery. Amy and David have long-standing relationships with a number of top Willamette Valley vineyards, and they source from their own Oracle Vineyard in the Dundee Hills as well. One coveted vineyard that they have access to is Abbey Ridge Vineyard, in the Red Hills of Dundee. Originally planted in 1976, it is one of the oldest producing vineyards in Oregon and one of the highest in the Dundee Hills, with fruit planted at elevations ranging from 500 to 700 feet. In these cool hills, the fruit has plenty of time to develop excellent varietal character and good acidity and wines from this vineyard are typically elegant and complex, with good aging potential. This one has a wonderful nose, invitingly lean and rustic, followed by soft, earthy fruit on the palate. Layered and smooth, with fine tannins, it is lovely now, with a bit of time to open up, or you could certainly lay it down for a few years. It is $39 and it would pair well with a wide variety of foods.
2010 Sineann, Yates Conwill Vineyard Pinot Noir
We have always loved the wines from Sineann. It is headed up by Peter Rosback who began the winery in 1994 with David O’Reilly. David has since gone on to make wines under his Owen Roe label (another favorite), while Peter continues to craft wines at Sineann, focusing on producing single-vineyard designated wines from some of the top vineyards in the region. One of the iconic vineyards Peter has long sourced from is Resonance, in the Yamhill-Carlton District AVA, with its near perfect soils and micro climate for growing cool-climate grapes, such as Pinot Noir. So we were excited to discover this relatively new Pinot from Peter, from a vineyard we hadn’t heard of, but which happens to be located adjacent to Resonance, on the same hillside, and sharing the same soils and climate (and vineyard management team) as its acclaimed neighbor. Peter’s first wine from Yates Conwill, the 2007 vintage, received excellent reviews and the wines from this young vineyard have only gotten better as the vines have developed. The 2010 Pinot has layers and layers of deep, complex flavor, and a gorgeous silky texture. The character of the fruit and the location really shines through in this one. Peter states on his website: “We believe that food and drink, lovingly prepared, make for happier and healthier people.” This Pinot, we believe, will certainly add to your well being! It is $44.