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Witness Tree Wines

Witness Tree Wines

Witness Tree Vineyard, established in 1982, is a winery and vineyard located north of McMinnville, Oregon in the middle of Oregon wine country. Specializing in Pinot noir, the winery makes all of its Pinot noir from its own Estate Vineyard. Witness Tree's winemaker is Steven Westby. He also makes his personal label, Elemental Cellars, at the winery with fruit sourced from vineyards in Oregon.

Witness Tree gets its name from a beautiful old tree located at the very top of the hill behind the vineyard. The tree has been a surveyor's landmark since 1854 and dominates the skyline with its convoluted, gnarled limbs and chunks of mistletoe tangled in the branches.

The vineyard is 52 acres - mostly Pinot noir with two acres of Chardonnay and tiny plantings of Viognier, Pinot blank, Pinot gris, and Dolcetto. They also make an ice wine-styled dessert wine, Sweet Signe.

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Elemental Cellars Farrar Vineyard Pinot noir 2012

There's a ton going on here. Opening with buoyant blue and black fruit and black pepper accents, it expands towards both ...


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$26.95

$29.95 Regular

Witness Tree Pinot Blanc 2010

Fresh, smooth citrus with a hint of cream makes this Pinot Blanc a standout. Scents and flavors of pink grapefruit, lemon ...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Witness Tree Chainsaw Pinot noir 2012

A load of Pinot for the money. This "everyday" bottling from Witness Tree's estate vineyard is quite the little big-man. ...


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$17.95

$19.95 Regular

Witness Tree Claim 51 Pinot noir 09

The 2009 Pinot Noir Claim No. 51 Estate Bottled is also sourced from a single parcel and received the same elevage as the ...


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$43.16

$47.95 Regular

Witness Tree Pinot Noir Vintage Select 2010

Fresh aromas of herbs, forest floor, perfume and spice. Flavors include strawberries, cherries and currants.

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$35.96

$39.95 Regular

Witness Tree Hanson Pinot noir 2010

Planted just under the famous tree that the vineyard is named after, the Hanson block is on a steep slope that looks down ...


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$43.16

$47.95 Regular

Witness Tree Pinot Noir Estate 2012

The wine that is really a “snapshot” of our entire vineyard – which ultimately reflects the blending of the flavors and...


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$25.16

$27.95 Regular

Elemental Cellars Pinot Gris Croft Vineyard 2010

Elemental Cellars wines are made by Steven Westby, winemaker for Witness Tree Wines.

This crisp and refreshing wine of...


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$14.35

$15.95 Regular

Elemental Cellars Auxerrois Zenith Vineyard 2012

When someone comes into the Avalon Wine store looking for the perfect pairing for oysters, we point to this wine. The Elem...


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$14.35

$15.95 Regular

Witness Tree Vintage Select Chardonnay 09

The vintage select Chardonnay is Witness Tree's testimony to planting the right varietal in the right place. It has hints...


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$25.16

$27.95 Regular

Witness Tree Estate Chardonnay 2011

This Chardonnay opens with aromas of pineapple and tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is rich with notes of butterscotch and t...


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$14.35

$15.95 Regular

Witness Tree Estate Viognier 09

Winemaker Steven Westby describes the wine: "The fruit for this bottling was grown in a one-acre block of vines planted...


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$14.35

$15.95 Regular

Witness Tree Benchmark Pinot noir 09

One of Witness Tree's three Reserve Pinots, made from a tiny block of vines that sits on top of a small basalt outcropp...


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$43.16

$47.95 Regular

Witness Tree Sweet Signe 09

Named for the winery owner's granddaughter, this incredible ice wine was created by freezing the grapes and then pressing...


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$22.45

$24.95 Regular

More About Witness Tree Wines

Steven Westby has been with the winery for seventeen years. He also manages the vineyard and can often be found on a tractor or out walking the vineyard, checking on the crop.

Witness Tree is one of those very low key Oregon wineries that has a strong following and very little PR. The wines have sold themselves for decades. With a total production of about 6000 cases, Steven has a craftsman's style approach to production. Each barrel is monitored closely and the wines have a defined style that comes from careful, personal attention. We at Avalon highly recommend the Witness Tree wines and their Pinot noirs in particular.

Winemaker Steven Westby makes his own label as well, Elemental Cellars. It's tiny, with wines offered in occasional vintages when time allows.

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