Excellent! Had with Thanksgiving — 10 days ago
Blend of two varietals from Italy (Friuli and Alto Adige) rarely grown in US. 37 cases made. Ruby red, very good clarity, medium pigment extraction. Red fruit aromas, flavors of pomegranate, tart cherry, black currant and a touch of plum, not quite cola. Lots of tannins, seed and skin, so decant at least one hour, preferably longer. Good body, lighter style in terms of alcohol, nice balance of fruit, tannins and acid. Props to the winemaking team at Illahe for staying experimental and testing new varieties’ adaptability to growing conditions in Oregon. — 6 months ago
Ruby with perfumed aromas of fruit, floral and earthy spice. On the palate flavors of strawberry and cherry with floral notes, spice and hints of oak. Fine soft tannins, medium+ finish, good balance ending with fruit, spice and sweet earthy floral notes. — a month ago
Revisiting vintage. So much fresh peach and apricot flavor with length! Impressive varietal expression from grapes in the cool van Duzer Corridor where their estate is located, though not all the grapes come from that AVA. Still, one of the best American Grüners I’ve tasted. Delightfully dry, mild white pepper finish. — 10 months ago
Dry, mineral, medium bodied. Orange, honey suckle. Very well made. Great acidity. — 5 months ago
Needed 30 minutes to open up, long finish, strawberry jam, low acidity, low tannins. 2014 vintage so at 9 years was probably past it’s prime — 8 months ago
I would have liked to have tasted this wine, but my son played an April Fool’s Day trick on me.
He received this bottle from a friend and it was already uncorked. He wanted me to taste it because I love Pinot noir and I told him this was a good one! He said he would pour me a small sample to taste, and out came purple colored water! He really got me this year! He and his fiancée said yes, it was very good, they had it with their supper the night before! Now I have to get a real bottle to try! — 2 years ago