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 Justice Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This is Westrey's fifth release from the Justice Vineyard. Justice is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA next to Bethel Heights Vineyard. Situated at 600 feet, the rows face due South on Nekia soil. Our two acres of densely planted Pinot from Justice consist of 50% Dijon 667 on Riparia and 50% Dijon 777 on Riparia. These blocks yielded only 1.88 tons per acre from this vintage. Because of the exceptional ripeness of the 2008 vintage, the blend consists of 31% whole cluster. The nose presents very approachable aromas of raspberry and blueberry fruit, earth and a hint of a floral note. The palate shows bright berry fruit, good weight and a wonderful sense of balance that seems to be characteristic of the vintage. This ten-barrel lot had three new barrels, one one-year-old barrel with the balance in neutral wood. It was racked once in the spring with inert gas after an indigenous malo-lactic and was bottled unfined and unfiltered in September of 2008. 315 cases & 7 cases of magnums produced.
Burghound.com - "A beautifully complex nose offers up aromas of deep cherry, briar, spice hints and obvious earth nuances that complement well the layered, balanced, intense and dusty-textured middle weight flavors that deliver fine depth and length. I like this as it's soil-inflected from stem to stern; moreover, it should reward from 4 to 6 years of cellar time.
International Wine Cellar - "Dark red with a bright rim. Powerfully scented bouquet of black raspberry, cherry-cola, black tea and violet. More tangy red berry notes add lift to the darker fruits on the palate, with hints of sassafras and musky herbs adding complexity. Offers an attractive combination of energy and depth and finishes with excellent clarity and length, and an echo of rooty sassafras. Definitely give this one some bottle aging or an hour in a decanter.
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 enlivening the food with which they are served.
Sourcing fruit both from the vineyards of long-time and well-respected friends in the Willamette Valley and from their own Oracle vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA, Amy and David use these various puzzle pieces of fruit to build complexity into their wines. Vineyard-designated bottlings are designed to showcase the connection between the individual farms where the grapes are grown and the final personality of the wine.
Amy and David strive to grow their grapes and make their wines using a sustainable approach. The vineyard is LIVE certified, a credential that is earned by taking into account not only organic approaches to farming but also by considering the inputs and outputs of the farm as a whole. Through their commitment to the !Salud! program Amy and David help to provide health care to vineyard workers who are otherwise uninsurable.
The winery currently produces approximately 5,000 cases annually. View all Westrey Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (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 typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
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