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2008 Vintage

2008 was a miraculous year, unlike any other in our 20 years of winemaking in Oregon. As a cool spring delayed bud break by at least 3 weeks, there was considerable angst among Willamette Valley winegrowers who were sure they would be harvesting in the heavy October rains. The "belly" of the summer delivered ample heat units to almost ripen the vintage by early October. Yet, we still worried about October rains and the ensuing rot…and the fruit wasn’t quite ripe. Miraculously, late October had gentle daytime temperatures in the high 70s and cold nighttime temperatures in the 30s. Our fruit ripened fully and deeply, but very slowly without developing high sugars. 

 

Vineyards

Points
and Press

Pinot Gris

   

Bellevue Cross
Meredith Mitchell
Yamhill Springs

89 W&S
90 CG

Wine & Spirits
August 2009
89 Points, Year's Best/Best Buy
2008 Pinot gris
Willamette Valley

"This racy gris opens with scents of peach blossoms and green apple. The palate is driven by pear flavors, its juicy texture dusted by a chalky stone element. It has the energy to match smoked trout and fennel." - Patrick Comiskey

California Grapevine
December 2009
90 Points, First Place
2008 Pinot gris
Willamette Valley

"Medium-light yellow color; attractive, citrus and white peach aroma; medium-full body; fleshy, melon and stone fruit flavors with good depth and a slight hint of residual sugar that adds to its appeal, yet with a crisp finish; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

Pinot Noir

   
Estate Adalfo 2008 Pinot Noir

Estate Adalfo
2008 Pinot Noir

Tuscowallame

89+ WA

91 WS

Wine Advocate
October 31, 2010
89+ Points
2008 Pinot noir
Adalfo's Block

"The 2008 Pinot noir Adalfo's Block is from a winery-owned 4-acre parcel with a field of several blend clones. It displays a slightly brooding nose of cedar, underbrush, spice box, and black fruits. Structured on the palate with balancing acidity, it will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2020." - Dr. Jay Miller

Wine Spectator
December 31, 2010
91 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Adalfo's Block

"Displays wonderful harmony and integrity to the dark berry, cherry, mineral and spice flavors, which come together against slightly gritty tannins on a long, vivid finish. Best from 2012 through 2018."

Harbinger 2008 Pinot Noir

Harbinger
2008 Pinot Noir

Harbinger

88 WA

Wine Advocate
October 31, 2010
88 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Harbinger Vineyard

"The 2008 Pinot noir Harbinger Vineyard is medium ruby with pleasant aromas of spice box, incense, cherry and raspberry. A bit lean on the palate, it still offers up ample savory flavors, a vibrant palate feel, and moderate length. Drink it over the next 6 years." - Dr. Jay Miller

Meredith Mitchell

 

Arbre Vert
Bellevue Cross
Gran Moraine
Hawks View
Meredith Mitchell

Tuscowallame
Stony Mountain
Yamhill Springs

90 WA

92 WS

92 DWP

Wine Advocate
October 31, 2010
90 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Reserve

"The 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve is a blend of 5 vineyards. Dark ruby in color with a restrained nose of smoke, cinnamon, clove, and assorted black fruits, on the palate it remains tightly wound and in need of significant cellaring. However, it seems to have all the right stuff but is more of a gamble than most of the wines of this superb vintage." - Dr. Jay Miller

Daily Wine Picks
June 29, 2011
92 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Reserve

"Supple and appealing for the mineral notes that harmonize with the cherry and spice flavors, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2018. 1,060 cases made." - Harvey Steiman

Rose 2008 Gamay Noir

Rose
2008 Gamay Noir

   

Shea

92 WA

92 WS

Wine Advocate
October 31, 2010
92 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Shea Vineyard

"My favorite of the collection is the 2008 Pinot noir Shea Vineyard. It is medium ruby red with an exceptionally perfumed nose of cherry blossom, Asian spices, incense, smoke, black cherry and black raspberry. On the palate it sports outstanding volume and intensity of fruit, incipient complexity, a velvety texture, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 3-4 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2023." - Dr. Jay Miller

Wine Spectator
December 31, 2010
92 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Shea Vineyard

"Juicy and expressive, brimming with currant, blackberry, mineral and iron flavors. Rare meat notes add interest to the finish as it sails on nicely. Shows power and refinement. Best from 2012 through 2018."

Stony Mountain 2008 Pinot Noir

Stony Mountain
2008 Pinot Noir

Stony Mountain

90+ WA

91 WS

Wine Advocate
October 31, 2010
90+ Points
2008 Pinot noir
Stony Mountain

"The 2008 Pinot noir Stony Mountan was harvested on October 28, an unusually late date. It is the darkest in color in the lineup and features black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Structured on the palate, it will require 4-5 years to reveal its full potential but the components are present for a graceful evolution to this burly Pinot." - Dr. Jay Miller

Wine Spectator
December 31, 2010
91 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Stony Mountain

"Tight, juicy, dark and appealing for its floral-scented blackberry, dark plum and pepper flavors, which persist on the velvety, focused finish. Best from 2012 through 2018."

Bellevue Cross
Gran Moraine
Harbinger
Hawks View
Meredith Mitchell
Stony Mountain
Yamhill Springs

88 WA

91 WS

Wine Advocate
October 31, 2010
88 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Willamette Valley

"There are 2500 cases of the 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, a blend of 7 vineyards. Medium ruby red with an inviting nose of cherry blossom, spice box, cranberry, and raspberry, on the palate it has ample savory fruit, some structure, and lively acidity. It is likely to evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now." - Dr. Jay Miller

Wine Spectator
December 31, 2010
91 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Willamette Valley

"Elegant, refined and beautifully focused, its raspberry, cherry, peach and floral flavors aimed like a laser through a curtain of fine tannins. Dancing on the long finish. Drink now through 2018."

Yamhill Springs 2008 Pinot Noir

Yamhill Springs
2008 Pinot Noir

Yamhill Springs

90 WA

91 WS

Wine Advocate
October 31, 2010
90 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Yamhill Springs

"The 2008 Pinot noir Yamhill Springs Vineyard delivers smoky barrel notes, cinnamon, clove, rose petal, and black cherry. A bit rounder and riper than the preceding wines, it has ample spicy fruit, good balance, and a medium-long finish. It too will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2020." - Dr. Jay Miller

Wine Spectator
June 30, 2011
91 Points
2008 Pinot noir
Yamhill Springs

"A tangy red, with bicuity edge to the berry and spice flavors, lingering on the slightly tart finish."

     
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