Coelho Winery is owned by a Portuguese family with a passion for wine. Coelho, literally meaning “rabbit” in Portuguese, makes a lot of Pinot noir and sources Syrah grapes from Washington. They also make whites, but were sold out by the time we tasted there.
We started off the flight with their 2012 Rosé of Pinot noir, which was acidic and balanced, although dry. Their 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot noir had an off taste, almost like old pepper. Their 2011 Estate Pinot noir was 100% barrel aged and used whole cluster fermentation to create a sweet nose and savory wine. Their 2011 Tradiscao is a Portuguese red blend, again with a sweet nose for a savory wine. The 2011 Petite Sirah was 40% new oak, which actually complemented the complexity of the wine. It’s still accessible, and will probably age. Finally we tried two ports; one was the 2010 Marechal Foch port, ruby style rather than tawny and meant to be drunk young. It had nice aromatics, which were even more concentrated due to the smaller glass. Finally we tried their 5-year barrel aged port, which smelled like a spirit. It was too hot for me, and the alcohol was just overpowering on it.
Coelho is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 111 5th Street, Amity, Oregon 97101.