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Et Fille Pinot noir Willamette Valley 2011
I've been bugging the father-daughter team behind Et Fille for months about when they'd release their 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot. We went gangbusters on the 2010 Et Fille Heredity because it was beautiful. The WV is a similar wine, for $10 less! This smells great, and tastes greater. Supple and gorgeous, brimming with red and blackberries and a subtle caramel undertone. I highly recommend it. - Marcus
2009 Vintage Tasting Notes
The 2009 Vintage won GOLD at the 2012 Oregon Wine awards. Howard thinks this wine shows a profile dominated by blackberry, boysenberry and plum while Jessica tastes raspberry and cherry as the dominant fruit.
2008 Vintage Tasting Notes
New York Times ranked the Et Fille Willamette Valley 08 the #4 wine in their Top Ten 2008 Oregon Pinots, calling it "complex," and "harmonious."
The Et Fille Willamette Valley Pinot noir 08 is silky and generous with a mesmerizing perfume of huckleberry, nutmeg and cinnamon. Silky and generous throughout, the sweet and juicy dark fruits come together with savory dried thyme and subtle toast. Yum! By far the best Willamette Valley bottling from Et Fille, and a super-value in Pinot. A blend of all eight vineyards that Et Fille sources from, the 2008 includes the entire three barrels of 2008 Palmer Creek. - Marcus
Wine Spectator - Light, smooth and generous with its caramel and smoke overtones around a lithe core of cherry and pepper flavors, lingering easily. Drink now through 2015. - H.S.
The 2008 Willamette Valley is a dark garnet color and a nose of cherry and black fruit. The palate of intense fruit and chocolate is carried by structure and a little tobacco. It pairs beautifully with poultry, salmon, and lentils or hearty beans. Our biggest & most refined blend to date. Loganberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Good finish. - the winery
Bright aromas of red fruits, decaying leaves, cardamon spice and oak toast. Respectably rich core of slightly tart red berry flavors including cranberry with soft tannins and a notable grip of acidity on the refreshing finish. A good daily drinker. - Rusty Gaffney, Prince of Pinot
2007 Vintage Tasting Notes
The Et Fille Willamette Valley Pinot noir 07's scent is evocative of fresh Oregon Marionberries and black raspberries, accented by hints of dusty spice and dried rose petal. This is a gently textured wine - rounded and smooth. Sweet fruit and well defined dark berry flavors evolve and open with the addition of a touch of earth and dried herbs in the mid-palate. Outstanding complexity and balance in a value Pinot noir. - Avalon
The Et Fille Willamette Valley Pinot noir, their one blended Pinot (all others are single vineyard designates), has garnered a reputation for its exceptional value and sells out quickly. The wine is made with the same careful hand crafting as the single vineyard wines. The 2007 is a blend of Pinot Noir grapes from the Blakeslee, Nicholas, Kalita and Palmer Creek vineyards.
Howard Mozeico describes the 2007 Et Fille Willamette Valley Pinot noir: Cherry liqueur and herbal aroma, cherry and rhubarb flavor.
Jessica Mozeico adds her notes: Our Willamette Valley blend is like that perfect little black dress- you know, without thinking about it, that it will complement any occasion. It is quickly becoming a consistent standby in our homes. We are allured by the clarity of its ruby color, nose of raspberry and cherry with a touch of eucalyptus or herb, and flavor profile of cherry with cola and oak on the back palate.
2006 Vintage Tasting Notes
Jean: Made from new grape sources in 2006, Et Fille's Willamette Valley is a blend of fruit from Nicholas and Anam Cara Vineyards. The fruit is 100% Pommard, and the typical red cherry flavors of the clone dominate. Howard used 25% new oak barrels for aging, from Meyrieux cooperage, with the interiors burned to "house toast", and the distinct Meyrieux oak adds sweet spicy flavors and a textured, silky mouth feel to the wine. Initially, the scents of spice and incense mingle with red raspberry and ripe strawberry notes. Flavors are immediately appealing - classic Pommard red cherry, red raspberry, and red cherry candy are joined by savory hints of rosemary and toasted coffee bean on the finish.
Marcus: How do you follow up such an outstanding value as the 2005 Et Fille Willamette Valley? With a better 2006. For all the delicious aromas and flavors, the appeal is the texture--silky silky. And it doesn't hurt to have red berries shaded with sandalwood incense and minerals on the nose. Ripe red cherry with hints of strawberry and raspberry swishes around your mouth, while a savory, toasty note appears on the long finish. Howard: please make more!
The Winery Says:
Dad: Raspberries & red cherries on the intense nose and palette, followed by a long finish.
Fille: Our 2006 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is like Cameron Diaz- fun, spirited, and more attractive than the girl next door. It has a cranberry color, nose of red cherries and strawberries with a hint of rose, and a palate that finishes with white pepper and spice. This is a sipping wine- perfect before dinner.