Offering up a touch more freshness and detail, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard is also upfront and textured, with ripe black cherry, rose garden and spring flower-like nuances all flowing to a medium-bodied, elegant and textured palate. There’s not a huge amount of back-end depth but it’s gorgeous nonetheless and I love the overall focus. It should shine for 4-5 years. Drink now-2018. This was an impressive (and large) lineup of wines. Made by the brother/sister pair, Brian and Kimberly Loring, with Rachel Silkowski functioning as assistant winemaker, these efforts never lack for fruit or texture and, for the most part, reward immediate gratification. Having said that, I think these 2011s will offer a relatively broad drink window. The 2012s are more rich and voluptuous, with the purity of fruit and seamlessness of the vintage. (8/ 2013) Wine Advocate 92 Points
The Patton Valley Estate Pinot Noir is the most comprehensive expression of our vineyard site. Bright red cherry cola, watermelon rind, dusty earth, and caramelized almonds grace the nose of this pretty and sumptuous wine. The palate is immediately broad, but has less alcohol sweetness than you might expect from a warmer vintage. Provincial herbs, spice, and milk chocolate flavor the mid-palate, with great acidity providing length, and silky tannins rounding out the mouthfeel.
Patton Valley Lorna Marie Pinot Noir is 100 percent Pinot Noir.
Each year since 2002 we have crafted a reserve wine intended to exemplify the best the vintage has to offer. Selected from a handful of barrels that are deemed to be the very finest in the cellar, we designate the wine “Lorna-Marie” in honor of the mothers of Monte and Sherie Pitt –two of the owners of Patton Valley Vineyard.
Our 2011 Lorna-Marie Pinot Noir appears to laugh at the cool, wet growing season that gave this wine its start. Unlike many of its 2011 counterparts, this barrel selection has the structure and fruit of a much warmer vintage. Leading with boysenberry, cigar-box, smoke, rose petals, and plum, the nose is as rich and concentrated as you would expect from this classic blend. The dark aromatics in the nose are overtaken by mouthwatering, bright flavors of Bing cherry and zesty lemon. The back of the palate is textured by bright acidity and soft tannins that push out the long and lingering finish. Drink now or cellar for 10-12 years.
The contrast between our 10 Acre and West Block Pinot noirs exemplifies how slight geographical differences can have significant influence on the flavor profile of a wine. Planted in 1997, The 10 Acre block of Pinot noir is the oldest planting on the Patton Valley Estate Vineyard. Located on the east-facing slope of our vineyard, this area gets full sun in the cool morning hours, leading to a slower, more gradual ripening process and a wine that is typically elegant and lighter in body with prevailing red fruit character.
The 2011 10 Acre Pinot noir shows abundant aromatics, immediately woodsy but overwhelmingly fresh with lavender and red plum, sweet caramel and malt. The palate is lush and broad with sweet cherry, cigar box, and the faintest hint of peat smoke. Soft and very subtle tannins give this wine a solid backbone. A great acid profile makes this wine likely to offer boundless enjoyment when consumed in the short term, or if given some time to rest, the distinct potential of becoming something much more profound. Drink now or cellar 5-8 years.
Sinor-LaVallee Pinot Noir is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir.
Sinor-LaVallee Pinot Noir reflects a maniacal attentiveness only possible through sole proprietorship from viticulture through winemaking. The aim was to create a singular Pinot Noir that expresses the totality of Bassi Ranch’s ultra-coastal terroir.
The wine presents jammy red fruit aromas with earth-driven notes of black tea and smoke. The varietal character is deep and pure, while the vineyard’s terroir is undeniable with savory notes of stem and sage. Supple plum and black cherry flavors engage the palate with a trailing suggestion of mixed berry pie. The structure is elegant and unquestionable, carried by mouthwatering acidity and concluding with a rounded, cedary finish.
Maison Roy Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir.
The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir combines fruit from Roy's Dundee and Yamhill-Carlton estates. Gentle and suave, this Pinot offers inviting red fruit, baking spice, and a touch of purple floral tone. On the palate, a soft tannic structure makes this wine friendly and accessible in its youth and will keep drinking very well for the next 5-7years.
APPELLATION: Alloro Single Vineyard, 100% Estate Grown & Bottled
Chehalem Mountains AVA
LIVE & IOBC Certified Sustainable
TOPOGRAPHY: 450 - 600ft elevation, Southwest aspect
SOIL: Laurelwood Series
HARVEST: October 20th-21st
ELEVAGE: Meticulously Sorted & Destemmed, Native inoculum, 11 months in French Oak, 27% new, Unfined & Unfiltered
CLONES: 34% Pommard, 32% - 777, 19% - 114, and 15% - 667
CELLARING: Drink now through 2021
PRODUCTION: 1,400 cases
WINEMAKER: Tom Fitzpatrick
PROPRIETOR: David Nemarnik
Tastings Notes: A terroir driven wine displaying cherries, blackcherries, and blueberries, with intense Italian spice and cracked black pepper, supported by rose petal, and hints of cinnamon and clove. The succulent mouthfeel has broad, soft texture that persists on the palate, with very lively acidity, and good mid-palate weight that you would not expect from this vintage. The long finish lingers with intense Italian spice and black cherry.
The Alloro Estate
Alloro Vineyard is 78 acres of uniquely contoured, loess-derived, Laurelwood soil. Located on a southwest-facing slope in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains AVA, within the Willamette Valley, this very special place is the heart and soul of our wines and is personally cared for by Founder, David Nemarnik. We are an artisan, limited-production producer and are 100% Estate, crafting all our wines from this single vineyard. Our Burgundy trained, UC Davis educated Winemaker, Tom Fitzpatrick, is focused on producing elegant wines of balance, with character and soul, that capture the distinct personality of our terrior, the purity of its fruit, and that delight and inspire.
The winery was designed specifically for the production of small lots of handcrafted Pinot noir. The building is situated at the crest of the hill, in the center of our estate vineyard. Having the winery in the middle of the estate allows us to be intimately connected to what is happening with the vines during the growing season, and allows for very close monitoring of fruit ripeness and optimal harvest timing.
The building was designed and engineered to last for generations, constructed almost entirely out of concrete and Oregon Douglas fir. The traditional underground cellaring caves are energy efficient, taking advantage of the cool earth to maintain ideal cellaring temperature and humidity. Solar panels were installed to act as the primary source of energy for winery operations. The winery was designed by Architect Larry Ferrar and was completed in time for the 2003 harvest.
Alloro, Italian for laurel, is the evergreen plant said to symbolize immortality in ancient times and often used as a symbol for peace today. Our estate vineyard and winery are located on Laurel Ridge in the Chehalem Mountains and the vineyard’s ancient basalt and loess soil is of Laurelwood Series. Alloro was chosen to reflect our founder’s Italian heritage and as a symbol of this very special place.
The Alloro Vineyard
78 acres of uniquely contoured, loess-derived, Laurelwood soil. Located on a southwest-facing slope in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains, this special place is the heart and soul of our wines.
Our Chardonnay blocks are comprised of Dijon clones 76 and 96, grafted to Riparia Gloire rootstock.
Our Pinot noir blocks are comprised of clones 777, 667, 114, and Pommard, grafted to Riparia Gloire and 3309 root stocks.
Tasting Note: This very aromatic Syrah has hints of black pepper, dark berries and herbs and a bloody, earthy character on the nose. The palate is full-bodied with velvety but structured tannins and a balanced natural acidity. The finish is fresh, long and supple. Best served at 16 to 18 °C, this wine will greatly benefit from decanting when drunk within the first 3 to 5 years after bottling.
Andrea Mullineux told me that their debut 2012 Mullineux Iron Syrah has been the hardest cru to fine-tune over the years. Indeed, it has been trialed since 2005 but never bottled...until now. "We have been working hard to perfect the acidity here and it's been important to get life into the soil, getting the vineyard healthy, so that it can be picked with good acidity. Because it is dry farmed, in a space of three days, it can god from 22 to 26 Brix – so picking decision is critical," she said. It has a subtle marine influence coming through on the nose with macerated black cherries, boysenberry jam and touches of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite grainy tannins, very nicely poised with touches of fig and marmalade towards the slightly saline finish. This is a strong debut to form the trio of Syrah single "terroir" offerings.
"The 2013 Iron Syrah has a roundness and softness on the nose that almost belies its complexity - red berry fruit, red peppercorns, rooibos and undergrowth scents that are very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, wonderfully savory and quite gamey, and beautifully balanced with impressive volume and sustain on the finish that you would have difficult distinguishing from a top Côte-Rôtie. This is an excellent Syrah, my only reservation being that there is a touch of heat on the finish. - Neal Martin"
- The Wine Advocate (erobertparker.com, November 2015), 93 pts
"Similar to the Schist Syrah in its weight and meatiness, the Iron Syrah offers a more elegant, immediate appeal. Dark red plum, smoked meat, and savory herbs are seamlessly integrated on a lush, juicy and firmly structured palate, finishing very very long."
- iwinereview.com (January 2016), 95 pts
Faust The Pact Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100 percent Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.
Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley's noblest grape- full-bodied, decadently rich and unctuous Cabernet Sauvignon. To express the complexity of the grape and diversity of the Napa Valley, Faust sources Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Agustin’s family vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville, plus smal lots from spectacular mountain and valley terroirs such as Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, Oakville and St. Helena.
"This is really something, showing focus and purity that highlights the unique character of this appellation. So much blue fruit, lavender and walnut with some herbal and sweet tobacco undertones It’s full-bodied, yet tight and poised. Lovely quality to the tannins. Exceptional.”
- 96 Points James Suckling