2012 Coelho Winery, Paciência Estate Pinot Noir, $47
Winery info: Owned and operated by Dave and Deolinda Coelho, who moved to Amity Oregon in 1991 where they began planting their Coelho Estate Vineyard. They bottled their first vintage in 2004, named Paciência, Portuguese for “patience.” Their Portuguese winemaking heritage is reflected in the names of all of their wines.
Winemaker: David Coelho
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir: 55% Dijon 777 and 45% Pommard clones
Vineyard source: From their estate vineyard south of Amity in the Willamette Valley AVA. The soil is young, volcanic and sedimentary Woodburn soil. The vineyard is non-irrigated and sustainably farmed.
Flavor profile: A very pretty and refined Pinot, with aromas of ripe plums and nutmeg and lush, dark fruit flavors. Its rich depth is perfectly balanced by excellent acidity and minerality.
Production/Availability: 1,335 cases, so it should be in good supply for a while
Drinkability: Now through 2022
Food Pairing: The winery suggests pairing this Pinot with a mushroom bruschetta appetizer or cedar-plank salmon with grilled vegetables or golden beets.
2014 Willful Wine Company, Winemaker Cuvée, Pinot Noir $39.75
Winery info: Owned and operated by Pam Walden, who founded Daedalus Cellars in 2000 with her then husband Aron Hess. Their divorce in 2009 left her to craft wines on her own and, after Aron’s sudden and unexpected death several years later, she took on the winemaking and vineyard work with a passion. Willful Wine Company, formed in 2012, is the embodiment of that passion.
Winemaker: Pam Walden
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, mostly Pommard clone, with some 115. It is a blend of six barrels that Pam felt represented the very best that the vintage had to offer.
Vineyard source: Five barrels (the Pommard clone) were sourced from the southeast block of Northridge Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills, and one barrel (the 115 clone) came from Stormy Morning Vineyard in the coastal foothills.
Flavor profile: The wine gets its earthy, plummy flavors from the Eola-Amity fruit, while the 115 clone from the coastal foothills adds herbaceous, minerally flavors. From the warm 2014 vintage, it is a very lush and complex wine, with smooth dark fruit flavors and an elegant silky texture.
Production/Availability: 130 cases produced.
Drinkability: Very ready to enjoy now but will certainly cellar well for 10 or more years.
Food Pairing: Try it with chicken or pork dishes, or with roasted vegetables.