2018 Willamette Valley Pinot noir
2018 was a year marked by above-average yields as well as abundant sunshine without extreme heat. The wine is robust but not big, full but not heavy, and lingers long enough to carry you to the next sip.
A dusty and fruity opening with smashed raspberries, cedar chips, and a hint of fresh-rain-on-concrete. This swirls and evolves to show blackberry leaf, rooibos tea, and hibiscus. The nose has energy and nerve with a fresh, light quality that translates to a mellow and soft flavor. Watermelon, cocoa, and chocolate covered cherries spread out on an even and balanced palate that has poignant acidity and chalky-fine tannins.
Vineyards: Crawford Beck, Shea, Weber, Meredith Mitchell
Best Paired with: Squid Games and taking a break from holiday shopping
2018 Dundee Hills Pinot noir
This wine is an homage to and celebration of our corner of the Dundee Hills AVA- a hat tip to the neighbors and friends who have made Winderlea possible, sold us fruit, and continue to support us and root for us.
The color is a dense and penetrating blackberry, and the aromatics practically burst from the glass. There’s a beautiful tension between rustic dry grass and forest floor with warm notes of clove and allspice. The palate teems with spices and fruit: marionberry, preserved Amarena cherry, and hints of fruit leather are reined in by wet stone, bay leaf and a hint of tarragon. The wine is structured but approachable and while there is ample potential in the cellar, it is so tasty now, it might not make it there.
AVA: Dundee Hills
Vineyards: 70% Weber; 25% Murto; 5% Winderlea
Best Paired with: Pizza night before watching the new Dune
2013 Winderlea Vineyard Pinot noir
Our estate vineyard, originally planted in 1974, is comprised of 16 planted acres of Pinot noir. Our flagship wine, the Winderlea Vineyard Pinot noir, exemplifies what this stunning site is all about.
With a vibrant, ruby color, the 2013 Winderlea Vineyard Pinot noir opens with aromatics of earl gray tea, roses, and spiced raspberries. The palate follows with red and dark cherry alongside vanilla bean and dark notes of espresso and wood spice, complementing the fine tannins and structure of this wine.
AVA: Dundee Hills
Selections: Pommard, Dijon 114, 115, 667 & 777
Best Paired with: Roasted pork with pears and shallots and family around the holiday dinner table