Willamette Valley Vineyards

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We decided to take a weekend off and go play.

We’ve been on an eating program for 30 days that doesn’t allow for alcohol. .  .it’s the whole acidity, alcohol is a toxin and empty calories argument.  OK. . .but we had wine shipments to pick up.  I’ve tasted Willamette Valley Vineyards wine now for several years. . but I don’t think I’ve reviewed them many times.  So I figured. . why not.

We started with the 2015 Viognier. . The tasting notes called out “aromas of melon and orange creme”. . yeah ok .  .got that.  “Honeysuckle and stone fruit on the palate” . .not so much.  I got lemon and ACID. . predominantly.  Moving on.

2013 Chehalem Mtn Pinot Noir . . .Blackberry and cigar on the nose.  I also got a hint of dirt.  The fruit flavors carried over nicely with more black cherry.

2017 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir . . . Their Whole Cluster is one of my hands-down favorites here.  It bothered me greatly that the 2016was.  .different from the past 5 years.  It lacked the fruity nature and was far too acidic.  This 2017 has great dark and red fruit on the nose ( ahhh, back to normal) and the flavors carried very nicely onto the palate, with an addition of acidity.  Certainly not typical for this wine, but not nearly as prominent as 2016.  Perhaps some time sleeping will mellow out this traditional family favorite.

2014 Signature Cuvee Pinot Noir . . . . This is one of those unique wines that I’ve only been able to taste one other time . . .it’s a bit out of my price range, so this opportunity is a great one.  Bright red fruit greets the nose along with a hint of caramel, which turns to dried fruit on the palate.  This vintage leans a bit acidic on the palate.  Again I think more time laying dwn is needed.

2014 Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir. . . Dark fruit and superbly integrated tannins.  A spicy acidity is interesting and a surprise.  Mid palate is silky, yet edgy .  .all the way to the finish.

2014 Tualatin Estates Pinot Noir. . . Dark berries and cherries greeted my nose. The texture of this beauty is satin.  The finish is mildly acidic with nice baking spices.

 

2014 Griffin Creek Syrah . . . Dark cherry and chocolate with a touch of vanilla.  Silky smooth mid palate.  Nicely integrated tannins and loads of spice clear to the finish.  a perfect way to end.

 

I always enjoy my forays to WVV . . .the location, the views, the staff as well as the wines are always Top Shelf.  It really is a happy place to unwind and relax and enjoy some really fantastic wines . . .their selection is vast and continuing to expand.  Now I’ waiting to try the new Pambrun Cabernet Sauvignon.  Cheers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title=”Photo Gallery” title_align=”left” title_size=”h3″ title_color=”accent”][vc_media_grid element_width=”2″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1525969880390-6ca5b6c6-706d-2″ include=”15388,15366,15357,15355″ css=”.vc_custom_1525971500474{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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