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Winderlea Vineyard

Winderlea Vineyard

Winderlea Vineyards is located at the heart of what we call Oregon's "Gold Coast" of wine, along Worden Hill Road west of the town of Dundee. First planted in 1980, Winderlea Vineyard was purchased in 2007 by Bill Smart and Donna Morris.

The Winderlea Vineyards estate wines are famous for their layers and layers of fruit - black raspberry, black cherry, and dried cherry flavors. A touch of cocoa and cream typically show in the midpalate. Fleshy and elegant, a lilt of acidity and just discernable balanced tannins provide a sensuous finish in every vintage. The dried cherry character is a particular hallmark of the Winderlea Vineyard.

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Winderlea Pinot Noir Winderlea Vineyard Legacy 2010

2010 Wine Advocate - 93 points - Winderlea’s 2010 Pinot Noir Legacy comes from the oldest vines on thei...


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Winderlea Pinot noir Winderlea Estate 2010

The SF Chronicle Recommended 2010 Pinot: This rising label taps a range of sites, but its own vineyard, o...


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$47.66

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Winderlea Chardonnay 2011

Wafts of jasmine and candied citrus immediately attract your attention. The 2011 Winderlea is one of those Chardonnays tha...


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Winderlea Pinot Noir Crawford Beck 2010

2010 Wine Advocate - New to the Winderlea line-up and from the Eola-Amity Hills vineyard owned and in...


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Winderlea Pinot noir Dundee Hills 2010

2010 Wine Advocate - 90 points - The Winderlea Dundee Hills-appellated 2010 Pinot Noir is sourced from ...


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Winderlea Pinot Noir Meredith Mitchell Vineyard 2010

2010 Wine Advocate - Winderlea’s 2010 Pinot Noir Meredith-Mitchell shares its sense of tartness and inv...


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Winderlea Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard 2010

2010 Wine Advocate - From an impressive site on the northwestern extension of Worden Hill Road, Winderle...


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Winderlea Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2010

2010 Wine Advocate - From a block of this famous Yamhill-Carlton vineyard planted with the locally tradi...


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Winderlea Pinot Noir Ana Vineyard 2010

2010 Wine Advocate - 90 points - From a site with varied exposures once part of neighboring Weber Viney...


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Winderlea 2010 Rose of Pinot noir

This new release is made from some of the vineyard's oldest vines. Only 90 cases produced so act quickly before it is ...


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More About Winderlea Vineyard

Winderlea Vineyard's consulting winemaker Robert Brittan oversees their Pinot noir and Chardonnay production. Brittan made wine for California's Far Niente and was winemaker and estate manager at Stags Leap Winery in California for 18 years before moving to Oregon in 2001. He owns his own vineyard, Brittan Vineyards, and makes wine under the Brittan label.

Winderlea Vineyard Owners Bill and Donna are dedicated to producing Pinot noirs reflecting the terroir of the vineyard and the unique character of the grape. Management of the Winderlea Vineyard prioritizes ecologically sound agricultural practices. In 2012, the Winderlea Vineyard and winery will both be run with biodynamic certification.

The Wines

Sensuous, Feminine, mmmmm - adjectives Bill and Donna use to describe their wines. The Winderlea Pinot style hearkens more to Burgundy than California. These are wines for those who appreciate subtlty and are prepared to drink wine with attention to more than immediate and overwhelming impressiveness.

Like great Burgundy, the Winderlea wines strive for a layered complexity, a large number of varied flavor sensations, and a long finish that continues to exhibit many different qualities in the mouth. Winderlea Pinots are at their best when carefully paired with food.

Highly extracted Pinots impress one with immediate hedonistic overwhelm in the mouth, but leave the palate numb and unable to process new sensations as the meal continues. In contrast, Winderlea Pinots reveal their character over repeated tastes, expanding the list of different flavors present as they are consumed during a meal. One chooses to go back to the wine again and again, finding new, fascinating qualities that refresh the palate and enhance the experience.

Read more about Winderlea Vineyards:

Winderlea Vineyard - A Diamond in Oregon Wine's "Gold Coast"
by Jean Yates

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