Adelsheim Vineyard Chehalem Mountains
This is now a long established Willamette producer, founded in 1971, with vineyards at 11 different sites in the Chehalem Mountains, Eola-Amity Hills and Ribbon Ridge. A state of the art gravity flow winery was completed in 1997. In addition to the wines covered here an unoaked Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir rosé called Deglacé, as well as a number of other single vineyard Pinots are produced. Auxerrois is a rare Oregon example of the variety. Cool fermented and vinified and aged without the malolactic, it is fresh, grassy and aromatic. For a well-crafted Pinot Blanc a small proportion is fermented in small neutral oak, adding some weight to the wine which has fresh green fruit with a hint of minerality. Pinot Gris is also cool fermented, although partial malolactic adds textural richness and impressive substance. The Caitlin’s Reserve Chardonnay comes from two sites in the Dundee Hills and Chehalem Mountains. The wine is whole cluster pressed and barrel-fermented in partial new wood and aged sur lie for around 15 months. Richly leesy, with some oak apparent when young, it is an impressively structured example of the variety. The Pinot Noirs are de-stemmed and get a cold soak. The Willamette Valley bottling is sourced from a range of sites and offers richly dark cherry scented fruit and good structure and intensity. The Elizabeth’s Reserve is a barrel selection from the winery’s best lots; dark plum fruit and a complex truffle character are underpinned by a firm minerality. A very small quantity of single vineyard wine is produced from various sites. Calkin’s Lane is superbly poised and structured but needs to be kept for 3 or 4 years. (DM)
❁ Adelsheim Vineyard Chehalem Mountains www.adelsheim.com
Adelsheim partnership 16800 NE Calkins Lane, Newberg, OR 97132
Tel: 503 538-3652 Fax: 503 538-2248
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