A Saturday around McMinnville

My wife had a painting class in Mac. . so I decided to look into a couple wineries I hadn’t tried before.  I made it to one of them, but what a great experience.

Elizabeth Chambers Cellar is a boutique winery in McMinnville that specializes in Pinot Noir.  They have gotten several awards over the past few years . . .several 90+ ratings in the national wine review magazines.  Their tasting room is housed in the old McMinnville power station, a quaint old brick building.  Time for the goods . . .

2015 Pinot Gris

  • Lemon and grapefruit on the nose
  • Acidity is really well-balanced
  • Beautiful all the way through.

They then opened a 2016 Pinot Gris for me to compare the vintages . . and they hadn’t tasted the 2016 at this point either.

2016 Pinot Gris

  • Lemon and grass aromas
  • A touch of vegetation along with the citrus flavors . . . I think the 2015 is much better

2016 Rose’ of Pinot Noir

  • Strawberry and mild citrus on the nose
  • Bright red berry flavors, strawberry and raspberry
  • Nice balance

2014 Winemaker’s Cuvee Pinot Noir

  • Medium aromas of dark cherry and cola
  • Medium body with solid fruit flavors and silky texture

2014 Falcon Glen Pinot Noir

  • Dark fruit on the nose
  • Silky mid palate, bright red fruit flavors
  • Superbly balanced

2014 Lazy River Pinot Noir

  • Slightly earthy nose
  • Medium body
  • Tighter tannins but balanced acidity
  • A touch of spice on the finish

2011 Silvan Ridge Carolyn’s Red

  • Blend of Cab Sauv, Syrah and Malbec
  • Full body
  • Smooth as glass with deep dark fruit.

Elizabeth Chambers is also owner of Silvan Ridge winery south of Eugene.  Their concentration is on Muscat and big red varietals.

We then decided to run out into the McMinnville countryside to visit Youngberg Hill.

Beautiful location on the top of the hill.

2016 Pinot Gris

  • Peaches and violets on the nose
  • Peach and citrus on the palate
  • Nicely balanced

2016 Pinot Blanc

  • Nectarines and grass aromas
  • A bit of citrus, tight acidity and light flavors
  • Would be good with some salted caramel

2014 Pinot Noir Cuvee

  • All 777 clones from 3 locations
  • A bit brambly, good dark fruit
  • Medium body, spicy and a hint of raspberry
  • Great fruit and lingering finish

2014 Natasha Pinot Noir

  • Pommard / Wadenswil
  • Baking spice on the nose and some smoke
  • Silky smooth mid, but heavy tight tannins
  • Quite astringent, could use more bottle time

2016 Jordan Pinot Noir

  • Mild nose
  • Smoky, leather and tight tannins
  • Quite dry lingering finish, more time

Our last stop was in the Eola Hills near Dayton.  Mystic Wines is a small boutique winery that specializes in warm weather varietals.  We were greeted very warmly by the co-Owner Veronika and introduced  to Mystic.

2015 Pinot Gris

  • Bursting with citrus flavors aromas and a little grass
  • Flavors carry over those aromas.
  • Nicely balanced

2011 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir

  • Bright red fruit on the nose
  • Silky mid with a touch of spice
  • Lingering finish.  Really nice

2011 Barbera

  • Black currants on the nose
  • Velvet smooth mid
  • a touch of spice and a great lingering finish.

2014 Merlot

  • Great aromas, plums and dark cherry
  • Like satin on the tongue, super silky
  • a bit of surprising spice on the finish.  Took one home

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Jammy nose but also bright fruit
  • Blackberry and currants on the mid palate
  • Super silky
  • GREAT food wine.  also took this one home.


I was very happy to have discovered a couple new locations to visit again.  Some really interesting a different options for great wine.


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