A wine club member of Elizabeth Chambers Cellar invited us to a tasting on a quiet, sunny Monday….which is a rare treat for Oregon in October, so of course we said yes.
Their tasting room is beautiful and charming, with views into the winery itself, brick walls, and a nice outdoor seating area.
We did have to battle a fruit fly parade in the tasting room, but the 7 wines we tried made it worth it.
I’ve added my tasting notes here and am also including an image with tasting notes from Elizabeth Chambers Cellar below.
2017 Rose of Pinot Noir
Crisp nose, opens w the promise of complex Pinot Noir notes. Refreshing, full-bodied and complex. Not a flaky rose. Good with food or without.
2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris is getting pulled out as a trend across the Willamette Valley, in favor of the more expensive Chardonnay. But Pinot Gris is such an underrated varietal. This one is balanced and feels a little lighter than the other WV PGs I’ve tried, no food with this one. Apple, pear, and grapefruit–maybe more like unripened pomelo.
2016 Falcon Glen Vineyard Pinot Noir
Burst of red fruit on the nose, layers start to unfold early on, but on the wine itself needs some age. Too strong up front and the finish falls flat with one-dimensional licorice, but if you let it sit it’ll get better. Seems more feminine.
2015 Russell-Grooters Vineyard Pinot Noir
Burst of strawberry on the nose. Drinking well now. Herbaceous red fruit flavor lasts all the way through with a long finish. Fig? Try with emmental.
2015 Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir
Older vines, more of the musky spice. Strong alcohol on the nose. Pair with salted almonds.
2015 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
2015 was a hot year. Bold nose, acidic, alcohol. Maybe some cherries, but mostly overpowering earthy spice. Yong, bold, but still subtle/subdued enough it implies it can be aged. Short finish for now, some vanilla after-tones. Less fruit than the other Pinot Noirs.
2012 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
2012 had warm days and cool nights. Cloudy wine-whole cluster fermented? Needs to be enjoyed soon. Deliciously subtle and elegant right now, but starting to fade. Try with sharp cheese to bring it back to life.
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455 NE Irvine St.
McMinnville, OR 97128