Recent Press and Awards
Winemaker Anne Hubatch was interviewed on current trends in Willamette Valley wine production and predictions for the future.
"Beyond the revivals of Chardonnay and Gamay Noir, many other experimental plantings are popping up throughout the region. [...] Hubatch is currently experimenting with Melon de Bourgogne, Arneis, and Huxelrebe, a lesser-known German white grape variety."
The 2015 Columbia Valley Oasis Syrah was featured in Vinotheque Magazine’s buying guide with a high score of 17/20.
[Translated] “Fruit is full and has rounded acidity. Tannin is sensitive and silky. It is well-balanced and gives a long and lingering finish.”
Anne Hubatch was featured as one of Oregon’s Melon de Bourgogne producers.
“Hubatch employs the Muscadet tradition of frequent lees stirring to increase structure, and she used five yeast strains to create the complexity shown in the 2017 vintage of her Melon de Bourgogne. She points out, however, that Melon takes on a unique character in the New World. ‘In Oregon,’ says Hubatch, Melon ‘tends to have deeper and richer flavors than its Loire counterparts.’”
Our 2016 Redman Vineyard Arneis received 91 points and Editor’s Choice.
“Just a handful of Oregon wineries produce this varietal wine, and one hopes more will follow. Fresh, leesy and rich, with mineral-soaked flavors, this broadens out in the mouth with apple-flavored fruit. [...] It's a fascinating wine.”
Our wines were reviewed with the following scores received:
2015 Dion Vineyard Syrah - 94 points
2015 Mourvédre - 93 points
2015 Vintner’s Select Pinot Noir - 92 points
2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - 91 points
2017 Starthistle Cuvée - 91 points
2016 Melon de Bourgogne - 90 points
Our 2016 Pinot Blanc received 91 points and Editor’s Choice.
“The best of an outstanding white wine lineup, this enters the palate with the clarity of a mountain lake. The clean and crisp fruit flavors of melon and white peach gently pull in accents of butter and caramel, without any single component dominating. It's very fine winemaking.”
The 2016 Redman Vineyard Arneis was highlighted as a “fascinating and unusual white.”
Our 2015 Björnson Vineyard Pinot Noir was reviewed, receiving a score of 90 points.
“This offers mixed citrus and berry fruit, principally oranges and raspberries. It's set up by refreshing natural acidity, and finished with a broad streak of milk chocolate. All in all it's ready for near-term enjoyment and medium-term aging.”
The 2015 Melon de Bourgogne was featured as a recommended wine for Thanksgiving.
“It’s versatile and will provoke interesting echoes in a lot of different dishes.”