Alcohol: 13 %
Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasting notes: The vintage displays tremendous class, purity, and transparency. Wines are low in alcohol, with great dry extract, distinct tannin, and bracing acidity. Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir is deep ruby, translucent but with a depth of color. Aromatically expressive and very fine. Intense oral, peonies, ripe cherry, coriander and thyme, rose petals, lilac, a hint of strawberry pie, summer forest, and amaro notes. e palate is clean, energetic, and juicy, with so fruits descending into a structure of amaro notes and savory mineral acidity.
93 point Vinous: "Intensely perfumed red fruit, floral and exotic spice scents reveal smoky mineral and savory herb accents as the wine opens up. Sappy raspberry, cherry, red currant, spicecake, and candied rose flavors show fine delineation and back-end lift. Displays good definition and mineral thrust on the penetrating finish, which features discreet tannins and resonating floral and red fruit notes."
The Domain: Goodfellow Family Cellars produces elegant and structured wines from Oregon's Willamette Valley site. All wines are produced from sustainably farmed, non-irrigated vineyards, with individual and hands-on attention to the process.
Whistling Ridge Vineyard sits ridge-top on the western edge of the Ribbon Ridge AVA. The vines catch the daily winds that blow in, slowing ripening, evaporating moisture, and thickening skins. Soils are eroded from uplifted marine sedimentary rock, 40 to 50 million years old, and dry out quickly in the growing season, forcing non-irrigated vines to grow roots deep in search of water. Richard and Patricia Alvord planted and have farmed the 14-acre plot for the past two and a half decades. Patricia does all of her own grafting, and Pinot Noir plantings are a selection massale of over half a dozen clones. e wines are structured, elegant, and complex.