Friday, December 18, 2009

Wine Enthusiast Ratings!

Well, we are believers that wine is not really about THE score one person gives it...but we have to say, we can't complain when we get good reviews either. Here is what Wine Enthusiast Magazine had to say about our 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot, 2007Reserve Pinot, and our 2008 Pinot Gris (which is now sold out...but don't worry, '09 is coming). We must admit, that for our second vintage of Pinot, and a challenging year in the vineyard, we are pleased.

2007 Illahe Willamette Valley Pinot Noir- $20

Forward and surprisingly fruity, this has a pleasing sweetness to the cherry and raspberry-flavored fruit. It’s round and ripe, very nicely balanced, and supported with bracing acidity. A remarkable effort for the vintage and the price. - P.G. (12/15/2009) - 89

2007 Illahe Reserve Pinot Noir-$38

A barrel selection, this was given 45% new oak, and surprisingly is listed at slightly lower alcohol than the regular 2007 Pinot Noir from Illahe. It does show a bit more new oak flavor and less forward fruit. Balanced and sound, it is a fine companion to the regular bottling. - P.G. (12/15/2009) - 89

2008 Illahe Pinot Gris-$13

Fresh and spicy, this has classic Oregon Pinot Gris pear-flavored fruit. It’s lifted by natural acids and highlighted with not-too-sweet baking spice. - P.G.
(12/15/2009) - 88 Best Buy

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