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.
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!
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.