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Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Member Review by Nicki Gig:

Light cherries vibrant acidity Subtle rustic characteristics, a teeny bit earthy with lingering red fruit, great acidity and structure with fruit, delicate qualities and enjoyable with food

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Westrey:
After learning to make wine as an apprentice to some of the most skilled winemakers in Oregon and Burgundy, Amy Wesselman co-founded Westrey Wine Company in 1993 with her partner, David Autrey. For ten years she also directed the International Pinot Noir Celebration, an event held each summer in McMinnville bringing together winemakers and wine-lovers from all over the world. Amy is also the co... Read more
After learning to make wine as an apprentice to some of the most skilled winemakers in Oregon and Burgundy, Amy Wesselman co-founded Westrey Wine Company in 1993 with her partner, David Autrey. For ten years she also directed the International Pinot Noir Celebration, an event held each summer in McMinnville bringing together winemakers and wine-lovers from all over the world. Amy is also the co-chair of ¡Salud!, Oregon’s premier wine auction, which raises funds to provide healthcare for otherwise uninsurable seasonal vineyard workers. A native Oregonian, Amy firmly believes that Oregon wines should be “distinctly Oregon” although wines from Burgundy and New Zealand frequently show up on the dinner table. At Westrey, Amy endeavors to craft wines of forward fruit balanced by ageworthy structure. She takes pride in Westrey’s emphasis of the enjoyment of good wine, good food and good company without pretense. With help from her five year-old identical twin sons, Amy juggles her busy schedule at Westrey and ¡Salud! with her love of cooking, backpacking, and working at Westrey’s estate vineyard, Oracle Vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills AVA. Instead of studying winemaking in a classroom, with a philosophy degree from Reed College in hand, David set out to learn how to craft Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris from some of the best in the world, both in Oregon and in Burgundy. Rather than aiming for the “international style” (overly-extracted, oaky red wines and alcoholic, oak-dominated whites), David’s goal is to let each of the vineyard’s individual characteristics show through in the final wine. David enjoys the balance of activities that grape growing and winemaking involve, from pruning on a cold, clear winter day to enjoying a convivial argument with wife/partner Amy Wesselman about whether or not a certain barrel will or will not make it into the Reserve blend. Detail-oriented to the point of obsession, David takes pride in each and every step of growing and making wine, sorting fruit each year in the vineyard and checking each fermentor every day during crush. When he can catch a spare minute to himself, David enjoys listening to music, backpacking and, of course, a good wrestling match with his twin sons, Soren and Leo. Read less

Member Reviews for Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/25/2011

Light cherries vibrant acidity Subtle rustic characteristics, a teeny bit earthy with lingering red fruit, great acidity and structure with fruit, delicate qualities and enjoyable with food


Snooth User: RPerro
163565440
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/11/2009

Enjoyed at Justa Pasta with Dave, Galina and Jeff. Light maroon in color. Nose of strawberry and tobacco, carrying through to the palate. Additional berry fruit flavors with some minerality. Nice finish at the back of the tongue. Excellently integrated acidty and tannins. Very smooth and easy to drink, although didn't stand up to our red sauced pasta dishes. Outstanding - 90 points.


Snooth User: beahburger
136493137
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/14/2009

Three and a half glasses




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