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Westrey Pinot noir Willamette Valley 2011
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Westrey Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge Vineyard 2011


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Westrey Wines


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Review:

It defines the allure of Pinot noir - ethereal and graceful with an amazing ability to envelop your palate in a sweetness that only Pinot noir can deliver.

The Abbey Ridge smells scandalously good. Seriously, it smells as good as any Pinot I've had in years. I have a glass of it next to the keyboard as I'm writing.

Sexy strawberries and cream, plump and juicy summer raspberries, rose petals, hints of red clay and raspberry leaf. It finishes pure and driven, with a subtle mineral spine combining forces with cherry candy, dried herbs and white pepper. Open it now, just to smell it (ok, drink it too!) and plan to stash whatever you can. This is the stuff Oregon Pinot dreams are made of.

In my opinion, Abbey Ridge is one of Oregon's five best vineyards. The vines are more than 30 years old and sit at a high elevation in the Dundee Hills.

Preview 2011 Vintage:In 2011, Burgundy and the Willamette Valley were in some other-worldly harmonious synch: raspberries, floral notes of paper whites and roses, cinnamon and clove abound in this wine, and in many of the Burgundies we have been lucky enough to taste from 2011. 222 cases - the winery

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

This Pinot smells and tastes so good it's almost risque! The red fruit perfume has a middle-of-the-summer quality, and an unstoppable allure. Sweet earth, lavender, and a white pepper-spiciness embraces rich raspberry-strawberry-cherry. So suave, so highly recommended.

Abbey Ridge, in the Dundee Hills, is one of Oregon's oldest vineyards, planted in 1977, and one of the best.

It's the return of my beloved Westrey Abbey Ridge, this time the devilishly delicious 2009. Like the Witness Tree, it's a rare wine that will please nearly every palate while still capturing all the geeky allure of Pinot noir. Totally delicious and ready for your glass. - Marcus

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

Drop dead sexy. Like Pavlov's dog, the bell rings, the wine is poured, we salivate. Raspberry pie from the oven, fresh cherries from the market. A magical sweet earth note. This is gorgeous stuff. According to winemaker David Autrey, this is the best wine that Westreys made. We agree.

In 2008 Abbey Ridge produced the ripest grapes we received in the cellar, quite a surprise since it is our coolest site. On the nose there is the signature of Abbey Ridge Vineyard: high tone strawberry-raspberry fruit with a layering of lavender/pepper spice and a bottom note of earth. On the palate the wine shows an opulent fruit. Raspberries and spice, complemented by a subtle hint of vanilla from the oak combine to fill the palate which shows tremendous length and richness. The balance and completeness of this wine is expressed from the very first sip. A wine truly distinguished by its terroir.

The wine was harvested on October 17th and spent 19 days in fermentor. The must was then pressed, and racked directly to barrel. Of the eleven barrels, 27% were new and the remainder was a blend of one-year-old and neutral wood. After an indigenous malo-lactic, the wine was lightly sulfured and was racked to the bottling line in September without fining or filtration. - the winery

When it comes to making the day-to-day vineyard management and winemaking decisions, David and Amy are guided by firmly held principles.

"For instance," David continues, "we strongly believe in the notion of terroir-we really believe that each site will give you something unique." Amy agrees: "I think one of the most important things in our winemaking approach is to look at each vintage and each vineyard and work to bring out their positive aspects, let them express themselves to their best potential."

Another component of Westrey's style is the importance of balance in their wines-even to the point of going slightly out of the mainstream.

"We generally look for wines with higher acidity levels," says David, "certainly more than the general American wine press is willing to accept! We shy away from the American 'fruit bomb' style of Pinot noir. Wines with focus and acidity-reflected for instance, in our Abbey Ridge Pinot noir-are important to what we are trying to do."

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

Full of rich and savory aromas that guide you to a bright palate of cherry, accented by wild strawberry and blueberry. A thread of fine herbs weaves through the wine, perfectly complementing the crushed raspberry note and delightful savory/salty combo on the finish. The 07 Abbey Ridge has strong varietal purity, is a standout of Oregon's 2007 vintage, and an exceptional value. - Marcus

From the winery:

On the nose there is the signature of Bill and Julia Wayne's Abbey Ridge Vineyard: high tone strawberry-raspberry fruit with a layering of lavender/pepper spice and a bottom note of earth. On the palate the wine bursts with fruit. Raspberries and spice, complemented by a subtle hint of vanilla from the oak, combine to allow the wine to fill the palate and shows tremendous length and mid-palate richness. A wine truly distinguished by its terroir.

In 2007 Abbey Ridge produced the ripest fruit we received in the cellar, quite a surprise since it is our coolest site. After fourteen days in the fermentor, the must was pressed, and racked directly to barrel. Of the fourteen barrels, 28% were new and the remainder was a blend of one-year-old and neutral wood. After an indigenous malo-lactic, the wine was lightly sulfured racked to the bottling line in September without fining or filtration. 342 cases produced.

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