Oregon Wine – Laura Volkman Vineyards 2008 Pinot noirs

volkman-rachel-novint-250pEach vintage of Laura Volkman Vineyards’ Rachel and Jacob wines lingers fondly in my memory. They come and go in a few weeks each year, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for the 2008′s to be released. Yahoo – they’re here!  I’m delighted to drink and write about these two compelling 2008 Pinot noirs.

The Laura Volkman Vineyards
Jacob 08 $40.46 (any 12):
opulent and forceful, balancing power and finesse. It is complex and exceptional. Blackberry, cherry, rose petal and violet perfume usher in potent flavors of black raspberry, cherry compote, and savory spices. Concentrated and sensuous, it lingers and shows even more complexity in a long, silky finish.

The Laura Volkman Vineyards
Rachel 08 $34.16 (any 12)
: sensuous, supple, and concentrated, with a purity of fruit flavors. Elegant and graceful, sweet red raspberries and rose perfume announce an exceptionally silky textured, sensuous wine. Raspberries and red cherry fruit join sweet spice and minerals in an expansive, luscious balance of refinement and power. A long, smooth finish shows the structure and intensity to cellar and drink well for a decade. A Pinot lover’s treasure.

Laura Volkman single-handedly makes 500 cases of four wines, three Pinot noirs from her small Estate vineyard, and a minuscule amount of Chardonnay from Celilo Vineyard.

Her 2008 St. James Pinot noir 08 is, sadly, sold out. There is a tiny amount of her 2008 Chardonnay available. And we still have a bit of her splendid 2007 Pinots, beautiful wines that should be long gone.

Below, Rachel Volkman and Avalon’s Buffy, August, 2009.


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