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2005 Westrey - Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir - USA - Oregon - Willamette Valley - Dundee Hills - Red

USA - Oregon - Willamette Valley - Dundee Hills

Red Pinot Noir
Producer Notes

David Autrey and Amy Wesselman produced their first wine in 1993 after developing their winemaking philosophies at other wineries in Oregon and France. Fruit is sourced from the top vineyards in the Willamette Valley and treated to an ultra-minimalist winemaking approach. Among their sources are Shea, Justice, Abbey Ridge and their own Oracle Estate. Production is very small and quality is of the... More »

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Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2010 VF: 2010-2016

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Source Vinfolio
Issue 109

This wine shows a brooding potential that I interpreted as whole cluster fermentation, but it is not. The vineyard is historically known for producing somewhat reluctant young wines and only through a 30 minute interlude with this glass at the end of the tasting was I able to refine what I was looking for and determined there was more than meets the initial palate. Built similarly to say a Patz & Hall Alder Springs Pinot Noir that shows little in its youth, but look out when they put three years on. Here is something to ponder: David Autrey gently reminded me at the tasting that the Abbey Ridge is the most expensive Pinot Noir produced by Westrey selling for a full $7.00 more than the Justice (VF 96) and Oracle (VF 97). This is new to me but I've seen this happen before. Proceed accordingly.

Author Billy the Kid
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.01%
Tasted On 11/24/2012
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Author DrinkBeHappy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.222%
Tasted On 01/27/2011
Drink Dates 2007-2010
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