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."