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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
In 2007 Abbey Ridge produced the ripest fruit we received in the cellar, quite a surprise since it is our coolest site. On the nose there is the signature of Bill and Julia Wayne's Abbey Ridge Vineyard: high-toned 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. A wine truly distinguished by its terroir. 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 racked to the bottling line in September without fining or filtration. 342 cases & 7 cases of magnums produced.
"Here there is more aromatic depth with subtle spice hints on the earth and briar-infused red pinot fruit nose that merges into attractively textured, rich and vibrant medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a delicious, intense and lingering finish. Lovely.
Co-winemakers, Amy Wesselman and David Autrey founded Westrey Wine Company in 1993. In addition to wide experience with various wineries in Oregon, they have also worked for Domaines de l'Arlot and Dujac. The wines consistently evidence real purity of expression and there is very little, indeed often no, overt oak influence. Retail prices are generally in the $20 to $30 range and I believe the wines represent fine comparative value for the money."
Westrey Wine Company was founded in 1993 by co-winemakers Amy Wesselman and David Autrey, along with David"s father, Robert Autrey, in Oregon"s burgeoning Willamette Valley. Amy and David focus on crafting elegant Pinot Noir wines, fruit-driven Burgundian-style Chardonnay and crisp, refreshing Pinot Gris. The wines are designed to be balanced and ageworthy, always complementing and...Read More About Westrey
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...Read More About Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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