Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley
The challenge of the 2013 vintage was to bring in fruit that was ripe and disease free. The growing season was a challenge. Bloom in mid-June under cold and wet skies made for a nail biting start. But Amy and David picked physiologically ripe fruit from a classic Northern Willamette Valley vintage starting on October 2nd. With meticulous sorting and rigorous fruit selection the wine is a classic. The vineyard source for the 2013 is Westrey’s Oracle Vineyard (eight different clones). The wine has a weighty flavor spectrum of wild raspberry, red current and sweet spice. Fruit aromas are complemented by notes of sweet clove spice and the slightest hint of vanilla oak. On the palate the wine is open and opulent, with loads of pure Pinot fruit, leading into a rich mid-palate and a balanced finish with a hint of well integrated tannin. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration. Aging and a complete indigenous malolactic fermentation took place in 100% French oak, with 15% new and 20% one-year old barrels. Bottled in September of 2014 after 11 months in barrel without fining or filtration. 866 cases produced. 12.7% alcohol.
About the Producer
Westrey Wine Company was founded in 1993 by co-winemakers Amy Wesselman and David Autrey, along with David’s father, Robert Autrey, in Oregon’s burgeoning Willamette Valley. While getting Westrey off the ground, Amy was the General Manager and Assistant Winemaker for David Lett at the Eyrie Vineyards and then the Executive Director at the International Pinot Noir Celebration, a position to which she has recently returned. Amy and David focus on crafting elegant Pinot Noir wines, fruit-driven Burgundian-style Chardonnay and crisp, refreshing Pinot Gris. The wines are designed to be balanced and ageworthy, always complementing and enlivening the food with which they are served.
Sourcing fruit both from the vineyards of long-time and well respected friends in the Willamette Valley and from their own Oracle vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA, Amy and David use these various puzzle pieces of fruit to build complexity into their wines. Vineyard-designated bottlings are designed to showcase the connection between the individual farms where the grapes are grown and the final personality of the wine.
Farming practices: Amy and David strive to grow their grapes and make their wines using a sustainable approach. The vineyard is LIVE Certified, a credential that is earned by taking into account not only organic approaches to farming but also by considering the inputs and outputs of the farm as a whole. Through their commitment to the !Salud! program Amy and David help to provide health care to vineyard workers who are otherwise uninsurable. The winery currently produces approximately 4,000 to 5,000 cases annually.
MATT KRAMER: “Westrey is an exemplar of Oregon pinot noir perfectionism. Few, if any, Oregon wineries exceed Westrey in pinot noir quality, even when their prices are well in excess of anything Westrey asks.”