Doug Wilder of the Purely Domestic Wine Report recently spent a week in Hillsboro tasting, interviewing and photographing select winemakers of the Willamette Valley. We were honored to be included! Here are Doug Wilder’s reviews of our wines:
2016 PINOT GRIS – 91 POINTS
The nose offers a peach-infused spice with crisp acidity. The palate is rich and bright golden stone fruit, spice and licorice finishing with sweet notes of peach and nectarine. Drink 2017 – 2021.
2016 RIESLING, ESTATE – 93 POINTS
The nose offers tropical spice, coconut, apricot and pineapple. The palate is well-focused crisp white stone fruits in the core with beautifully integrated acidity. Drink 2017 – 2024
2015 PINOT NOIR, ESTATE – 90 POINTS
The nose is a supple yet focused red cherry with notes of warm tangy cranberry. The palate is firm on entry with a silky core of moderately expressive cherry and strawberry. Admirable considering the production level here. Drink 2017 – 2028.
2015 PINOT NOIR, MOUNT RICHMOND – 92 POINTS
Pommard clone depth and spice, cherry with fragrant strawberry and blackberry. The palate is showing firm grip, tobacco, dark cherry and currant. Will age very nicely. Drink 2017 – 2030.
2015 PINOT NOIR, FIVE MOUNTAIN – 92 POINTS
The nose is dark cherry, black raspberry with shadings of black pepper and earth. The palate is a ripe blackberry that fills out the core accented by notes of mint and textured, waxy black cherry. Drink 2017 – 2030.
2015 PINOT NOIR, LA BOHÈME – 91 POINTS
The nose is licorice and spice over a generous dark cherry firmness. The palate is full bodied on entry centered on a core of black plum and cranberry richness. Should mature a bit earlier. Drink 2017 – 2024.
“Following a twenty-year career as a specialty wine buyer at some of America’s most influential domestic retailers, I launched the first independent wine review publication focused on producers in California, Oregon and Washington, exclusively. It is called Purely Domestic Wine Report, AKA pdwr and most of the content is available only by subscription.” – Doug Wilder, PDWR
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