Broadley Vineyards

Owner(s) Claudia Broadley, Craig Broadley
Web site www.broadleyvineyards.com
 
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Broadley Vineyards

Family-owned Broadley Vineyards was established in 1982 in the hills west of the town of Monroe. Today, founders Craig and Claudia Broadley are joined by the second generation of Broadley winegrowers, son Morgan and his wife Jessica. The 33-acre estate vineyard is planted to the classic Oregonian clones, Pommard and Wädenswil, with more recent plantings of Dijon clones.

The winemaking style employs a high percentage of whole cluster fermentation and wood cask fermentation. Pinot Noir bottlings include a Willamette Valley blend, an Estate, a Reserve, Marcile Lorraine (old vine block), Claudia’s Choice (a distinctive old block of the vineyard), and Shea Vineyard.

The tasting room is open by appointment. Production is about 5,000 cases annually.

Reviewed Wines

2014 Broadley Vineyards Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 3,000 cases, $20. A blend of fruit from several highly regarded vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, wild yeast fermentation, aged 9-10 months in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose leads with a mixture of dark berry and woodland aromas. Upon entry, their is literally an explosion of fruit goodness, including flavors of black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate. Despite the charge of sappy fruit, the wine retains good balance with supporting tannins, fresh acidity and a touch of oak. The fruit-driven finish is unusually long for an appellation blend. I liked this wine more over time in the glass. A welcome value. Score: 90. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Broadley Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $20. Winemaker Morgan Broadley points out that the winery has been making this wine since 2002 when it sold for $12. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A gorgeous wine featuring enticing scents of dark stone and berry fruits, potpourri and spice. A luscious core of dark red and black fruits hits the mid palate running and hangs on with a stranglehold through a long, black cherry driven finish that is juicy and palate cleansing. The wine’s silky texture and harmony add to the experience. A very alluring value priced Pinot Noir. Score: 90. Reviewed August 29, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Broadley Vineyards Estate Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 800 cases, $30. A blend of Pommard, Dijon 115, 667, and 777, and Wädenswil clones from various blocks including the oldest planted in 1981. 90% de-stemmed, wild yeast fermentation in open-top fermenters, aged 12 months in Francois Frères French oak barrels, 15% new and balance 1 to 2-year-old. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Hi-tone aromas of blueberry, black raspberry, spice and iron set the stage for the delicious core of well-spiced cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Structured, but balanced, with a satiny texture and a finish that clings to the palate for what seems like a minute. The most gracious wine tasted here from Broadley blessed with a grand cru finish. Spot on. Score: 94. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Broadley Vineyards Rocky Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $30. This vineyard is located in the Eola-Amity Hills, owned by John and Kathy Zelko, and managed by Leigh Bartholomew. 30% whole cluster. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very shy aromas of dark fruits and seasoned oak lead to a silky platform of very tasty cherry and red berry fruits with a compliment of spice. Elegantly styled, with comforting balance and welcoming persistence of a red berry medley on the finish. Score: 90. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Broadley Vineyards Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 250 cases, $50. Clones 777 and Wädenswil. 40% whole cluster, wild yeast fermentation in 3-ton open-top Taransaud wood fermenter for 14 to 21 days, aged 12 months in 30% new and 70% neutral Francois Frères French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Haunting aromas of black fruits, forest floor and violets. Mid weight flavors of dark red and black fruits with muscular tannins. The wine lacks subtlety upon opening, but the charming fruit emerges over time in the glass. Nicely crafted, with deft integration of oak, this wine needs a few years in the cellar. Score: 92. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Broadley Vineyards Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.66, 850 cases, $25. Aged in 15% new Francois Frères oak barrels and the balance in 1 to 2-year-old French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of cherry, strawberry and sous-bois. A forward drinking and likable wine with a mid weight core of fresh cherry fruit accented with a hint of cola and oak. Rather simple, but fruity, with mild tannins, and a finishing note of cherry goodness. Score: 89. Reviewed September 29, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Broadley Vineyards Palmer Creek Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 50 cases, $30. A 10-acre vineyard owned by Janet and Larry Richards who meticulously farm the vines. Pommard clone. 30% whole cluster. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 50% of which were new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very tight on the nose with demure aromas of black cherry and oak. Mid weight plus flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and pomegranate with a touch of spice and savory herbs and a generous oak overlay. A luscious, friendly wine which should be more giving with another year in bottle. Soft and smooth on the palate with classy fruit and balanced, refined tannins. Tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the nose was still reticent and the oak still evident. Score: 89-90. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Broadley Vineyards Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 250 cases, $50. Clone 777 and Wädenswil. 100% de-stemmed, wild yeast primary fermentation for 14-21 days, pump overs in early stage and 3 punch downs a day subsequently. Aged 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new Francois Frères and 70% neutral. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Rather shy aromas of black cherry, dark red berries and a touch of oak. Enjoyable core of cherry and raspberry fruit, but the wine is not giving its whole energy. Plenty of soul in this wine, but very shy with a prominent oak overlay. Tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the aromas had still not arrived. Cellar this wine for another year or two. Score: 91-92. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Broadley Vineyards Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $28. · Dark violet color in the glass. Brooding aromas of dark cherries and berries with a faint note of anise and vanilla. Rich, deep and concentrated with a hedonistic core of sweet black raspberry, cassis, and spiced plum flavors with a shadow of oak in the background. Matching tannins and a generous fruit-filled finish complete the picture. Still very young and slightly awkward, becoming more expressive and refined with time in the glass. Cellar this wine for a few years. Score: 90. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Broadley Vineyards Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 800 cases, $30. A blend of Pommard, Wädenswil, 115, 667 and 777 clones. 100% de-stemmed. Wild yeast fermentation, 12-18 days in stainless steel fermenters, aged 12 months in 15% new and 85% 1 to 2- year-old Francois Frères barrels. Previously reviewed March 29, 2014 with consistent and even better results. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Scintillating aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, spice, violets, oak and a hint of roseate scent. Intensely flavored and plush on the palate with a full-on charge of sweet boysenberry and red and black raspberry fruits complimented by oak highlights. Very seamless, with soft tannins and plenty of energy, finishing with good intensity. Much more expressive now than when previously tasted 5 months ago. Score: 91. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Broadley Vineyards Zenith Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 150 cases, $30. A blend of Pommard and Wädenswil clones. Sourced from 2 acres of the vineyard custom planted for the Broadley Winery on “Block One” of this historic site which dates back to 1982. 30% whole cluster, fermented in open-top oak fermenter for 14-21 days. Aged 12 months in 30% new and 70% neutral Francois Frères barrels. · Dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Plenty to like about this wine that has both aromatic and flavor appeal. Scents of dark cherries, spice and floral goodness lead to a middleweight core of sweet dark cherry and berry fruits complimented by a hint of cedary oak. Admirable balance and some finishing length complete the picture. Score: 91. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Broadley Vineyards Claudia’s Choice Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 350 cases, $50. Named after Broadley’s cofounder Claudia Broadley. From a section of the vineyard that ripens later and sets smaller clusters. Pommard and Wädenswil clones. 40% whole cluster. Wild yeast fermentation. Aged 14-18 months in 40% new French oak barrels. The wine is meant to display a big, complex character. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of plum and boysenberry lead to a full-bodied explosion of luscious purple and black fruit flavors spiced with Coca-Cola, and backed by husky tannins. A prodigious wine with serious extract and finishing power. Similar the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with high extraction and healthy tannins. A distinctive style of wine that will benefit from some aging. Score: 88-89. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Broadley Vineyards Jessica Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 250 cases, $50. Named after Jessica Broadley, Morgan Broadley’s spouse and partner in Broadley Vineyards. Clones 667 and 115. 80% whole cluster. Wild yeast fermentation. Aged 14-18 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Plentiful fruit in this wine that offers scents of black cherry reduction sauce and blackberry jam, and intense, sappy flavors of purple and black fruits. There is a complimentary hint of spice and oak and a slight floral undertone from the whole cluster inclusion. The tannins are substantial but proportional to the fruit load creating balance. This wine is not for the timid, but it is nicely composed and will thoroughly satisfy those seeking out a full-throttle Pinot Noir with whole cluster embellishments. Score: 90-91. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Broadley Vineyards Marcile Lorraine Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 150 cases, $50. A blend of primarily Wädenswil and some Pommard from a distinct block of the estate vineyard. 30% whole cluster, wild yeast fermentation in open top oak fermenter for 14-21 days. Aged 14-18 months 40% new and 60% neutral Taransaud barrels (tighter-grained, low toast). · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Similar aromatic and flavor profile as the Estate bottling but with more structure, more sophistication and a longer finish. Highly enjoyable now, with impressive mid palate intensity, defining tannins, juicy acidity, the slightest oak overlay, and a very long finish filled with plenty of Pinot goodness. Score: 93. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Broadley Vineyards Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc. 250 cases, $50 (sold out at winery). Clones 777 and Wädenswil from blocks 11 and 19. 100% de-stemmed, wild yeast fermentation in 3-ton open-top Taransaud wood fermenter for 14-21 days. Aged 12 months in 30% new and 70% neutral Francois Frères barrels. · Superlatives can’t do this wine justice. Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Alluring aromas of black cherry, plum and exotic spice. Intense and mouth filling with layers of amazingly pure red and purple fruits, wellspiced, and matched with fine, mouth coating tannins. Sturdy on the palate, yet bright, succulent and juicy. The haunting finish is remarkably long, returning with waves of pleasure. Even better when tasted several hours later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle indicating long-term potential. Heaven sent. Score: 95. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Broadley Vineyards Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 50 cases, $59. A barrel selection consisting of a 50/50 blend of Zenith and Shea vineyards. 30% whole cluster, aged in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Intoxicating aromas of dark berries, spice and floral perfume. A full-bodied charmer that floods the mouth with well-ripened black cherry and dark berry fruit accented with spice, and supported by firm, balanced tannins. Despite its fruit load, the wine is bright and refreshing and has the structure to age. A big boy wine that is flat out delicious. Score: 94. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Broadley Vineyards Claudia’s Choice Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $50. Sourced from 7 acres of northeast-facing vines planted mid slope on the estate. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Fruity aromas of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Light in weight with juicy cherry flavor dominated by smoky, tobacco oak. The oak simply overwhelms the delicate red fruit core. There is also a green, vegetal thread in the background. Very mild tannins and easy drink ability. Score: 86. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2007 Broadley Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $20 A blend of several vineyards from a consistently well-regarded family owned winery producing 5,000 cases of Pinot Noir annually. Located in Monroe, Oregon, about half way between Corvallis and Eugene. · A middle weighted Pinot Noir offering slightly roasted and sweet dark berry fruits accented by clove, oak, maple syrup and balsam. Lively acidity on the refreshing and dry finish. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Broadley Vineyards Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir

Family-owned Broadley Vineyards was established in 1982 in the hills west of the town of Monroe. Today, founders Craig and Claudia Broadley are joined by the second generation of Broadley winegrowers, son Morgan and his wife Jessica. The 33-acre estate vineyard is planted to the classic Oregonian clones, Pommard and Wädenswil. The winemaking style employs a high percentage of whole cluster fermentation. Pinot Noir bottlings include a Willamette Valley blend, an Estate, a Reserve, Marcile Lorraine (old vine block), Claudia’s Choice (a distinctive old block of the vineyard), and Shea Vineyard. · This wine has plenty of stuffing and features darker fruits, roasted meat, spice and smoke. The tannins are fine-grained. An impressive effort by any standards. Reviewed August 6, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Broadley Vineyards Claudia’s Choice Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $40. A family- owned and worked winery. This wine comes from a 7 acre distinct block of the estate vineyard. · Black cherries, Asian 5 spice and pencil shavings make up an interesting nose. Slightly jammy and simple fruits with a very healthy tannic backbone. I would lay this one down a few years. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Broadley Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $45. Broadley is a family-owned winery in Monroe in the southern Willamette Valley whose first release was in 1988. Sourced from old vines. · This wine showed more the redder fruit profile of this vineyard. Lightest in color and structure of all of the Shea Vineyard wines, with a noticeable brisk acidity and citrus kick on the backend. While the Auteur is more a sipping wine, this is more a table wine. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »



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