This is only the second time Westrey has made an old vine Pinot Noir cuvée. This wine celebrates Amy’s 25th vintage making wine in Oregon. After several comparative tastings, three barrels consistently rose to the top above everything else from the vintage. Amy selected three barrels from Westrey’s 38-year-old own-rooted Pommard vines, and a single barrel of Coury clone from Bill and Julia Wayne’s outstanding Abbey Ridge Vineyard (also planted in 1977 & 38 years old). In a ripe vintage, the grapes were picked in the last week of September with excellent acidity and moderate sugar (22.9 degrees Brix). The wine spent 20 months in barrel with 25% new wood. It has a rich, balanced palate that shows the length and weight of the old vines. With a wide flavor spectrum from raspberry-sweet spice to marionberry and fresh truffly-earth, it has great richness and the structure to age for 15+ years. This four-barrel lot was bottled without fining or filtration in early April in the spring of 2016. 94 cases and 5 cases of magnums produced. 13.1% 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 healthcare 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.”