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ProducerWinderlea (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationDundee Hills

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2016 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 86.1 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 33 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rnellans on 1/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Much better the second day..Initially a bit of fizz, but shook the wine, and this disappeared.. On second day, silky texture, mid weight, nice cherry fruit and beautiful balance. Much better than the last time I had it. (309 views)
 Tasted by tahaus on 4/15/2014 & rated 93 points: Yes, yes, yes I am one of those who thought the 2007's were too light and thin and didn't purchase many of these vintages. However, this one, is drop dead gorgeous right now. Lots of baker's spice, cedar wood, bing cherry, pencil shavings, and a touch of earth that really rounds this wine out. Great job Winderlea and Robert! (728 views)
 Tasted by Jillandscott on 11/30/2013 & rated 83 points: Bright cherry flavors with a short finish. I have had this wine before and own a few more bottles - so I hope this one was just off a little bit. (896 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 7/17/2013: 4th Annual Pinot Extravaganza with Salmon Dinner (Eugene, Oregon): Peppery, Spicey, RIch, MeD+ Finish

Conc: intersting wine, I liked it with a touch of air, too much air started to fade with the finish, after knowing the price dont know if IM a fan, I did enjoy it tho (1257 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 3/7/2013 & rated 93 points: "Pinot in the City" tasting - Chicago, IL: As I've noticed with several other 2007 Oregon Pinot Noir's, they are hitting their stride now. With bad reviews the 07's didn't sell well and there are some to be gobbled up at great prices today. But I digressed. This wine was amazing, a WOW. Silky, elegant, tannins well resolved. Deep concentrated flavors of cherries, dark berries, earth, spices. Kudos to Winderlea. (Doris WOW) (1389 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 3/7/2013 & rated 91 points: Pinot in the City (City Winery, Chicago, IL): Same score from last time. Molasses, flowers, dark cherries, cocoa. (1727 views)
 Tasted by Dave911G on 12/6/2012 & rated 79 points: Nice earth and cherry on the nose but the flavors don't live up to that promise. Quite fizzy on the tongue and weak on flavor. (857 views)
 Tasted by blgros on 3/23/2012: Interested to see the note below. This wine was fizzy for me as well, and really odd, not much fruit. Didn't seem corked, but did seem off. (1046 views)
 Tasted by Oregon Pinot on 2/11/2012 & rated 78 points: Something wrong with this wine. Has a fizzy taste that wears off after 2 hrs. (1051 views)
 Tasted by Oregon Pinot on 1/29/2012 & rated 90 points: Smooth monotone berry fruit. Bouquet was classic Dundee Hills Pinot with fruit and tobacco. One of the better 2007 vintage wines from this region I have tasted (1013 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 11/12/2011 & rated 91 points: Pinot Days 2011 (Navy Pier - Chicago, IL): Brownish color. Light Burgundian styling. A little austere but really nice rustic briary earth and moss. Palate is less extracted than the nose. Really a lighter styled bottling but great for Burghounds. (1761 views)
 Tasted by Lopaka on 11/10/2011 & rated 90 points: So my previous bottles were off (see notes) and I mentioned this to the owners who provided me with a taste of another bottle. Wow, like a different wine, apparently there were some bottles that were spoiled and I got unlucky twice. Replaced with a couple more and this one is great. A nose of cola, cherries and cedar, flavor of tart cherries & raspberries with some nice tannins and acidity that play off the finish. (1184 views)
 Tasted by Lopaka on 10/31/2011 & rated 86 points: A tad better than the last bottle as the spritz blew off after an hour but the flavor profile that I expected just wasn't there. (1110 views)
 Tasted by t_moderne on 9/25/2011 & rated 89 points: Popped and poured and served with food (polenta, chicken and eggplant stew.) Nice, fresh nose. Light raspberry color. Lots of red fruit and spice up front, showing some salinity on the end and on the finish. Nicely balanced and tasty. (1146 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 8/1/2011 & rated 91 points: A ton of shitty 07 OR Pinots (Patricia Green Cellars, Newburg OR): nose: very pretty with a red fruit based nose of red cherries, violets, rose petals and tones of wild berries

taste: elegant medium body feel with medium acidity with tones of red fruits, red cherries, rose petals and a good amount of violets

overall: this was yet another very enjoyable wine. Perfumed and elegant, this had some real class to it (2074 views)
 Tasted by Lopaka on 7/27/2011 & rated 84 points: Dissapointed with this bottle. Spritz even on the second day and tastes more like a cherry Jolly Rancher. The nose initially led me to believe there would be some more depth but alas, no real secondary flavors, light acidity and not much finish. (1207 views)
 Tasted by gripNsip on 5/26/2011 & rated 88 points: Killin' it! 2007's are coming along nicely. Very nicely balanced, nice long finish with minerality present. Lack of depth is the reason for the score, otherwards this is a really nice wine if a bit simple. (1302 views)
 Tasted by 12marshall on 12/23/2010 & rated 90 points: Big Pinot that will open up more by 2012. (1598 views)
 Tasted by Black Mikan on 10/25/2010 & rated 87 points: Nice cherry nose. Spritz when first opened. Medium light body with singular cherry fruit, brown spice and trace of minerals. Although 2 dimensional it's still enjoyable. May be past past peak. (1658 views)
 Tasted by rbishop on 10/19/2010 & rated 50 points: rat piss - actually, spritz like rat piss. worst purchase of the year (1597 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 6/19/2010 & rated 89 points: Initially I thought the bottle was off, with a spritz-like tingle on the tongue. Decanted and this seemed to disappear. Nice red fruit, medium body with pleasant finish. Pretty good for the vintage. (2068 views)
 Tasted by subtlet on 6/12/2010 & rated 88 points: Working Our Way North (Oregon Wine Country): Cherry pie notes, complete with crust and the little bits of burnt fruit on the edges, appear on the nose along with a bit of chocolate. Soft raspberries start things out on the palate accompanied by a low chocolate note. Grapefruit flavors appear on the mid palate, and a bit of a cherry based medicinal note shows up on the finish. (1983 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 5/23/2010 & rated 93 points: Medium ruby. Beautiful fragrant aromas of cherries and spice. Great mouthfeel..quite plush and silky. Long in the finish.. 'chambolle like'.. This wine has really improved in bottle over the last year. (2098 views)
 Tasted by Sundesertcactus on 9/4/2009 & rated 82 points: Nice but not great pinot from Winderlea. Very light body, short finish, but great nose. (1899 views)
 Tasted by MichaelJennings on 8/20/2009 & rated 88 points: Tasted at winery on August 15, 2009. Bright, translucent light brick color. Nose is a bit more complex than the ANA, with some spice notes alongside ripe, bright fruit. Straightforward, plush mouthfeel. Nice but unremarkable with little complexity. (1891 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/27/2009)
(Winderlea Pinot Noir Estate) Light medium cherry red color with clear meniscus; Burgundian, tart red fruit and mineral nose; tasty, tart red fruit, tart cherry and cinnamon palate with good balance and acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (clones 667, 777, 115 and Pommard; from old blocks planted in '74 blended with newer blocks)  92 points
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2007 Winderlea Pinot Noir Estate

From winery website: 2007 Winderlea Pinot Noir Estate
The 2007 “Estate” pinot noir (formerly //Goldschmidt Vineyard//) was picked on Sept 29th and Oct 15th. The core of the wine is two new blocks of Pommard planted in 2005 which we allowed to ferment in our new Taransaud wood fermenters. The remaining fruit was fermented in stainless steel and macro bins. In addition to being fermented in wooden tanks, the Estate was barrel aged in French oak barrels for 9 months prior to being bottled in August. The Estate shows a beautiful garnet color, concentrated red and black fruit, a full mouth feel and an elegant finish. The Estate will benefit from 1-2 years of additional bottle aging and we believe has an 8-10 year aging potential.
Harvest Date: 9.29.07 & 10.15.07
Brix at Harvest: 22.4 & 24.5
Finished Alcohol: 14%
Clones: Dijon 667, 777, 115 and Pommard
Aging: 9 months in French Oak Barrels – 30% new
Bottled: August 3, 2008
Cases: 560
Release: May 2009
Vineyard: //Winderlea Estate// (formerly //Goldschmidt//)

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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Willamette Valley

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Dundee Hills

Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association website

Located just 28 miles southwest of Portland, and 40 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the Dundee Hills appellation is situated within an irregular circle of about 6,490 acres in total, of which more than 1,264 acres of vineyards are planted. This region is unique for its higher elevation, warmer nighttime temperatures, less low-elevation fog and frost, and lava-based Jory soil series of reddish silt, clay and loam soils.

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