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Laura Volkman Vineyards Rachel Pinot noir 09

Volkman Vineyards

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Elegant and sophisticated as usual, but a bit richer than the 2008, with ripe red raspberries and cherries in a sensuous, silky wine complemented by sweet spice and a hint of fresh herbs. This is a refined and graceful Pinot noir, in contrast to her bigger, meatier Jacob Pinot noir. - Jean

2009 Wine Advocate - 90 points - The 2009 Rachel Estate Pinot Noir exhibits an alluring bouquet of floral notes, spicy red fruits, and a hint of cedar. Silky and elegant on the palate, this lengthy effort is s prototype of the vintage style. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 6-8 years. - Jay Miller

118 cases made.

Avalon friend Robyn Lillehei on Laura Volkman's Rachel Pinot noir 09

The celery, shallots and garlic were "setting up" in the sauté pan, just as Alida Marie had counseled during my Cajun cooking lesson 27 years ago. It was time to toss in a bit more olive oil, a few tablespoons of flour and stir like mad to create a roux. The concoction turned a lovely chocolate brown: time to add the chicken stock, mushrooms and a cup of last week's leftover wine. The grill outside was ready for the London Broil, lightly marinated in red wine vinegar, a smattering of brown sugar and oil. I dashed from the range with the slab of meat destined for a few minutes outside in the Weber, smoking in the drizzly Oregon rain. As our last guest arrived, the voices of Spring Break reunion swelled above the sizzling of asparagus in butter and pesto.

Our featured guest waited at the table as we finally joined her. With bowls circulating, Laura Volkman (Rachel Estate 2009 Pinot Noir) laughingly greeted the bold flavors of beef, wild rice and greens. She shouted "Wake Up!" inside our mouths between forkfuls. This bright, bold wine races between breaths scattering a touch of sun-ripened berries. She offers a shining palate ready to embrace the next wave of flavors – and sweeps up after herself. Only Oregon can produce this level of summer in a bottle. Enjoy her as you wait for the long days ahead!

- Robyn Lillehei

The Rachel Pinot Noir is estate grown fruit from our West Block where the afternoon sun and high winds play a role in ripening and flavors. The clones planted are Pommard, and Dijon 667 and 114 on rootstocks 101-14 and 44-53. Very floral and lighter, more burgundian in style, with earthy tones. Barrel aged on the lees in 50% new French oak. Production: 120 cases Alc. 13.7% - the winery

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

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. - Jean

2008 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2008 Pinot Noir Rachel Estate was aged in 50% new oak. Stylistically similar to the Jacob Estate but with darker-tinged fruit and a bit more depth, this is a wine of grace and finesse with intense flavors, a silky texture, and a seamless finish. It offers a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023. - Jay Miller

Wine Advocate: Vigneron Laura Volkman, owns, farms, and makes the wine at her one-woman, 500 case winery in the Chehalem Mountains. Her first vintage was 2004 produced from her then 3-year-old vines. She states, “My true passion is the vineyard.” Currently three wines are produced, the Jacob Estate from the east side of the vineyard, and the Rachel Estate from the west side and named after her children. The St. James estate is made from fruit that is declassified from the Jacob and Rachel bottlings and raised entirely in neutral oak. I also tasted Volkman’s 2007 Rachel and Jacob bottlings and they are among the better Pinot Noirs of the vintage.

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

A delicious Burgundian style Pinot Noir that boasts of dark berry and cherry with graham on a long lingering finish. - Laura Volkman

Moderately light reddish-purple in color. More intensity and richness with more tannins than the Rachel Estate. Not as plush or big-boned as the 2006 vintage but plenty to like. Flamboyant scents of black cherries and black raspberries with hints of oak and cigar box. Packed with dark berry and stone fruit flavors augmented nicely with toasty oak. Hints of citrus peel, cola, root beer and spice add interest. Like all of Laura Volkman wines, the finish has remarkable persistence. A more masculine interpretation of the vineyard that is singing nicely now. - Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile

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