Westrey Oracle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Item No. 104042
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • BH90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's Notes

Westrey's first estate vineyard, Oracle is located in the Dundee Hills AVA, just north of Abbey Ridge Vineyard. Situated at an average elevation of 650 feet, the rows face due south on predominantly Jory soil, with a narrow streak of Nekia running through the property. The 2007 blend consists of 24% 30-year-old Pommard clone Pinot Noir (own-rooted), 70% Dijon clone 777 on Riparia rootstock (100% free-run form two separate lots) and 6% Dijon clone 115, also on Riparia. With our 2001 planting in full production, coupled with the strong return of the old vine block, Oracle is now firmly entrenched in our winery. All lots were fermented with indigenous yeast in open-top 1,500-liter fermentors. The wine shows aromas of raspberry fruit, red currents, violets and mineral-earth notes. On the palate the wine explodes with berry fruit, exhibits good weight and a balanced acid structure. This seventeen-barrel lot had five new barrels, with the balance in neutral wood. After an indigenous malo-lactic fermentation, it was racked with inert gas in the spring, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered in September of 2008. 421 cases & 7 cases of magnums produced.

Critical Acclaim

"If the Justice is the most complex wine of the group, then this is the most elegant with impressively pure red pinot, raspberry and a hint of plum aromas that slide gracefully into round and relatively silky flavors that possess a smooth texture and relatively firm acidity on the solidly long finish.

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."
90 Points

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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...

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Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) 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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

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...

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