'Very Good' -Wine Enthusiast
92 Insider Points
"This displays the bright and polished fruit of this excellent vintage. Highlights are pretty cherry and strawberry candy, which touch on cotton-candy charm without becoming sweet or cloying. Just 15% of the wine saw new oak."-Wine Enthusiast
The 2014 Pinot from Spindrift is a delicious representation of Willamette Valley fruit. Notes of black tea, dried herbs and graphite linger behind fresh red cherry and cranberry, showing even more complexity on the palate. Layers of plum, cola and forest floor develop as the wine breathes, and the balance of acidity, fruit and tannin lasts through the juicy finish. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Dec 2016
Willamette Valley, Oregon
We’ve heard how great things come to those who wait. Maybe. The better odds, however, are on getting great things from hard work, passion and dedication. Meet the determined duo behind Spindrift Cellars: Husband and wife team, Matthew and Tabitha Compton. Lovingly referring to Spindrift Cellars in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley as “the little winery that could,” it is clear that Matthew Compton not only could, but he did with their 20th Anniversary Harvest Edition of the 2014 Spindrift Pinot Noir.
The 2014 Spindrift Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley has been called “a ridiculous value,” and we couldn’t agree more. We are so pleased to offer you an excellent vintage which is vibrant, fruit-driven, perfectly balanced and very pleasurable to sip on right now and through its development in the bottle over the next three years. We love the rich, ruby-red color which leads to aromas of red fruit, cherry, earthy and toasty notes. Big cherry flavors with some oak, sweet tannins, bright acidity and lingering finish.
Wine Enthusiast gives this vintage an excellent 89 points, and with a retail value around $22, don’t miss the opportunity to grab a great Willamette Pinot that is expressive of the Oregon Valley while staying true to a friendly consumer price-point, especially at just under $15. Spindrift wines, according to Matthew, are “…true to variety, they’re bright and fragrant and well-received by consumers. People enjoy them.” It’s no longer a secret that the hard work and dedication behind the 2014 Spindrift Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley has produced a “great thing,” and we certainly enjoy it and think that you will too.
Things to Know
The wines from Spindrift’s ten small vineyards in the heart of the Willamette Valley, after fermentation, were then stored in French oak barrels for a number of months before being blended and bottled. Wines were bottled in screwcap closures to retain the great fruit flavors and aromas.
Rich ruby red color which leads to high aromas of red fruit, cherry, earthy and toasty notes. Big cherry flavors with some oak, sweet tannins, bright acidity and lingering finish.
After moving to Oregon at the age of 22, Matthew went to work for Oregon State University, managing a research farm for wine grapes. The New Jersey native and father of three then launched his vineyard management company, West Vine Farms; which led to the creation of Small World Wine Company, Matt’s winery and distribution company. He created his first vintage in 2003 and moved into Spindrift’s current facility a year later. Since then, Spindrift wines have garnered many awards and recognitions, including ratings of 90 and above; selection as Best Buy and Top 100 Wines of the World by Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines; and winning Best of Show and several gold medals at Oregon wine festivals.
Matt and Tabitha have approached building their winery business with passion and intelligence. They started small, focusing on producing crisp, quality wines that display the true varietal characteristics of the grape. A great bottle of wine starts with great grapes, and Matt brings many years of experience and expertise to the husbandry of the vineyards in his care. Using “Certified Sustainable” practices he strives to produce fine wines that are sustainable from vine to bottle.
As Spindrift has grown, Matt has continued to produce wines that are fruit forward, earthy, and expressive of the Oregon vineyards that produce them. It has taken much hard work, determination and savvy, but it is also a labor of love; and the results are a full line of nationally recognized fine wines offered at consumer friendly prices.
“We’re showing more of what the vineyards can do in our area, in the heart of the Willamette Valley,” says Matthew. “They’re true to variety, they’re bright and fragrant and well-received by consumers. People enjoy them.”
Sip this alongside beef bourguignon, veal chop with Portobello mushrooms, Caesar salad, or seared scallops in trufﬂe oil.