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Crowley Wines Pinot noir
Crowley Wines was founded by Tyson Crowley in 2007. Tyson trained "on the job" at Erath, Cameron, J.K. Carriere, and Brick House wineries in Oregon's North Willamette Valley. We've sold his wines since his very first 2005 Pinot noir, and he's special. His experience with some of Oregon's most interesting winemakers shows - his skills are considerable. We've worked with Oregon's winemakers for 23 years and he has that special something we've learned makes a star winemaker. He's a wine guy you want to know.
For Tyson, making wine is a balancing act - it's getting out of the way of the grapes while still making solid wines, not leaving too much to chance. He sees a stylistic throwback to distinct wines that represent where and when they were grown, with a transparency that allows the winemaker's personality and style to show through. Tyson says, "We're making something from nature, so we have to come to grips with vintages."
Tyson has produced three vintages of his own wines while continuing as assistant winemaker at esteemed Cameron Winery. He recently married Emily Berreth, co-founder of super cool Plate & Pitchfork, a summer only catering/event company that produces a few highly sought after dinners each year in the vineyards of Oregon wine country.
Dark raspberry and blueberry scents opens into an exciting palate of black cherry and wild strawberry, with citrus and woodsy top-notes, and an underlying Dundee Hills sweetness. This is brilliant and dark-edged, and I suggest cellaring it for 3-4 years before trying your first bottle (or drinking it over the course of 3 days). A Reserve Pinot Noir Club December selection - highly recommended. Only 75 cases made. - Marcus
Violet defines the color of this truly brilliant and austere pinot noir while aromas of wild blue fruit, raspberry and pink peppercorn highlight the freshness and buoyance of the 2010 vintage. Acid and mineral carry the front palate into a dynamic blend of rose hip, grapefruit rind and strawberry, layered with classic Dundee Hills spice and sweetness. Firm tannins integrate early and keep this wine angular and exciting through the finish. - Tyson
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Pinot noir Willamette Valley
The nose has a blend of resin and leather arromatics with a mix of cinnamon and spice, reminiscent of holiday potpourri. Lavender and thyme also enter the picture. There is a grace note of burnt match which is fleeting as the wine opens up.
On the palate, I like the way it has both bright and dark fruit, mostly cherry and raspberry. The earthiness is very present with a dusty woodiness (not oak) underneath. There are again traces of herbs, thyme and rosemary. The acidity and tannin are balanced with the fruit, and the wine has substantial length on the back pallet. With classic pinot noir framework, the alcohol is very much in check, keeping the wine refreshing. - Tyson
Chardonnay Maresh Vineyard
Crowley Wine's Chardonnay is made from the 28 year old Maresh Vineyard, whose old vine Chardonnay is coveted by winemakers. Chardonnays made from Maresh fruit usually sell for $35 or more.
At $20.95, the complex, elegant, and intense 07 Crowley Chardonnay is a standout.
Orchard fruit flavors of green apple, citrus and pear flavors do a delicious dance here. Bright acidity and hints of stony minerality provide top notes to rounded, deep flavors of oak, vanilla, and spice. Aging in wood enriches the texture and provides fullness and weight.
La Colina Vineyard
I'd describe this as the more "classic Dundee Hills" of the two Crowley Pinots, meaning it has more pungent red fruit and orange-essence aromas and an undeniably attractive nature. Give it a few minutes to breathe and unga-bunga it's tasty! I recommend aging for at least 2-4 years. Only 80 cases made. - Marcus
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