Alcohol: 13 %
Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasting notes: Vibrantly red fruited, elegant, light-bodied and gamine-like. Red currants, dry red cherries, potpourri, and orange peel. Weightless, refreshing, crystalline, juicy in the mouth adding strawberries to the parade of red fruits.
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.