92 Points - Vinous 

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast 

REVIEWS

(29 percent new French oak) Limpid ruby-red. Ripe red berry, mocha and candied rose scents show impressive clarity and energy. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, offering juicy, mineral-tinged black raspberry, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Closes with impressive length and alluring spiciness while fine-grained tannins add shape and gentle grip.
--Vinous 

There's less of this wine available than in past years, but the quality remains high. Its nuanced aromas include cocoa dust, caramel and red fruit. Berry and cherry flavors come into focus as it opens, and it seems likely to benefit from more bottle age.
--Wine Enthusiast

The 2014 vintage has been called a “vintage of a lifetime.” From bud break through harvest, it was an almost ideal growing season that delivered a record quantity of exceptional, balanced fruit. Early April temperatures were
warm and prompted early bud break on April 9; bloom began on June 10. With the exception of rain in June, the growing season was virtually void of rainfall until late September. Veraison first appeared on July 30 and by August 25 berries were in full color. Harvest started early, on September 9, and maintained a fast pace until the final grapes were picked on September 28.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Willamette Valley, OR
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • FERMENTATION
    French oak, 29% new, 10 months
  • PRODUCTION
    400 cases
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

Vintage of a Lifetime: 2014 

Adelsheim vineyard was founded with an optimistic spirit and a lofty dream: to create world-class wines in an undiscovered wine region, the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. 

“The idea that we would plant a grape variety that no one knew well in a place that nobody had ever heard of was not only remarkably naïve, it was a remarkable leap of faith.” --David Adelsheim, Founder

David Adelsheim likes to call himself a “latecomer” when talk turns to the pioneers of Oregon’s modern wine industry. Although Richard Sommer, David Lett, Charles Coury, Dick Erath and Dick Ponzi preceded him by a few years in planting vineyards and establishing wineries in Oregon, David not only founded an iconic Willamette Valley winery, he became a revered figure in Oregon wine after having participated as a respected spokesperson on practically every important issue facing the Oregon wine industry through the years. Despite his prestigious accomplishments, he remains modest and unassuming, with a charming sense of humor, all attributes that bring him much-deserved respect from his colleagues in Oregon.

David was uniquely one of the name early Oregon wine pioneers that did not immigrate to Oregon. Although he moved to Portland from Kansas City with his family in 1954, he spent his formative years in Portland. After studying at University of California at Berkeley and in Germany, he received a bachelor’s degree in German literature from Portland State University. David became intrigued with artisan wines after a summer trip to Europe in 1969 with his spouse Ginny, who was a talented sculptor and artist. He soon immersed himself in the literature of winemaking, and dreamed of planting a vineyard in Oregon.
Read more about David Adelsheim: David Adelsheim: A “Latecomer” Oregon Wine Pioneer

TASTING NOTES 

Elegant and intense, offering layered aromas of red raspberries, fresh Oregon strawberries, brown spice, and cedar. It is exceptionally balanced with silky tannins and a persistent finish. 

THE STORY TO KNOW

“In winemaking we are given the opportunity to make something truly unique each year. Every wine is an expression of that place, that vintage, that moment in time—those singular factors that define what it means to make wine in the Chehalem Mountains.” 
-- Gina Hennen, Winemaker 

From the Winery: All of our decisions, all of our work starts and ends with the question: “How can we make the best possible wine out of the best possible grapes?” At its essence, that’s what winemaking is—an endless series of decisions, all of which add up to that glass of wine you have in your hand. When you taste a wine, you’re experiencing the sum of a lot of hard work, a passion for the land, and our genuine love of the winemaking process.

After working with our winemaking team for 11 years, Gina Hennen recently took the reins as winemaker here at Adelsheim. She continues the tradition of making wine that best express the extraordinary fruit here in the Willamette Valley and Chehalem Mountains. Gina is simultaneously effortless and methodical in her winemaking and seems to have a sixth sense for the development of our grapes.