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Winderlea Pinot Noir Ana Vineyard 2010


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Winderlea Vineyard


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2010 Wine Advocate - 90 points - From a site with varied exposures once part of neighboring Weber Vineyard and owned and managed by Andy Humphrey (who for a time oversaw Winderlea’s own vines), the Winderlea 2010 Pinot Noir Ana delivers a lovely bouquet of iris, gentian, blueberry, and elderberry, its blue fruit orientation typical of wines from the Dijon Clone 777 (which along with Pommard Selection informs this bottling). Bright and buoyant (its 13.1% alcohol typical of the entire Winderlea 2010 collection), lean and long, this offers inner-mouth florality and bittersweet berry tones leading to a finish whose tartness and faint chew is undeniably invigorating, if not rich. Here is a candidate for at least 6-8 years of attention and that will hopefully gain richness as well as greater complexity and textural patina with time. - David Schildknecht

Winderlea Vineyard's Ana Vineyard Pinot noirs are always wonderfully defined, showing a pure Pinot noir varietal character. The vineyard has a lovely freshness and vitality. The tannins are typically lacy and balanced, the finish is lengthy and harmonious. Nothing is forced with the Ana fruit - the wine goes no further than necesary and fully expresses the beauty of the vine. Ana Vineyard lies south and east of Winderlea. - Avalon

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

2009 Wine Advocate - 90 points - The 2009 Pinot Noir Ana Vineyard displays more finesse but not quite the depth of the Juliard. Spicy, balanced, and elegant, it is a pretty wine for drinking over the next 5-6 years. - Jay Miller

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

2008 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2008 Pinot Noir Ana Vineyard spent 11 months in 30% new French oak. Fragrant and spicy with excellent density and impeccable balance, this full-flavored, lengthy effort has enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years and will offer prime drinking through 2020.

Transplanted Bostonians Bill Sweat and Donna Morris had the good sense to hire Robert Brittan (for more see Brittan Vineyards) to make their wines from one of the Willamette Valley's finest terroirs. I inexplicably missed the Winderlea 2008s so they are included along with the superb 2009s. - Jay Miller

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

2007 Wine Advocate - 90 points - The 2007 Pinot Noir ANA Vineyard whose fruit was picked in late October. Medium ruby-colored, it offers up an alluring bouquet of smoke, cinnamon, allspice, cherry, and raspberry. Silky on the palate, it sports an elegant, feminine personality with ripe, savory flavors, excellent balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. Drink this tasty effort over the next 6 years.

Winderlea Vineyard and Winery is owned by Donna Morris and Bill Sweat who purchased the former Goldschmidt Vineyard in 2006. Now known as the Winderlea Vineyard, it was originally planted in 1972 with the oldest remaining blocks dating from 1974. The owners are moving toward biodynamic farming. - Jay Miller

The 2007 ANA was picked on October 15th and 16th at 22.6 and 23.4 brix. As with our 2006 vintage, the ANA is made up of the Dijon 777 and Pommard clones. Barrel aged for 9 months in French oak (30% new). The ANA shows predominantly red fruit, subtlety nuanced with a hint of earth and spice and a slight perfumed finish. The ANA will benefit from another 4 to 8 months of bottle aging and should show well for a minimum of 5 to 8 years. 385 cases produced. - the winery

2006 Vintage Tasting Notes

The Winderlea Ana Vineyard designate Pinot is made from a combination of 80% Pommard and 20% DIion clone fruit, and was aged in 30% new oak, 70% one and two year old Chardonnay barrels.

Of the three 2006 Winderlea offerings, this charming Pinot most strongly shows the owners' goal of producing feminine and elegant wines. The lightest in color of the 2006 Winderlea Pinots, its transparency belies its intense scents and flavors. A bounteous bouquet of red cherry, dried black cherry, anise and a hint of spice announce the wine. Flavors of sweet red cherry and raspberry join with hints of dried seed spices and minerals to expand in the mouth.

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