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Winemaker Isabelle Dutartre's own label. A native of France, Dutartre notes that 1789 was a time of revolution in France and 1789 wines reflect her own personal revolution when she moved her three children from the south of France to Oregon wine country. She has made wine for over 28 years, beginning in Oregon in 1993 when she commuted back and forth between Oregon and France. She currently is the winemaker for De Ponte Cellars in the Dundee Hills where she as been the winemaker since their first vintage in 2001.
The first 1789 release from the Chehalem Mountains appellation was from the 2007 vintage. The wines are sold through the winery's online store (Northwest Wines To You).
2010 1789 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., 185 cases, $48. French winemaker Isabelle Dutartre’s own label. 1789 marks the year of the French revolution and the name is a symbol of Dutartre’s family’s revoultion when they moved from the south of France to Oregon wine country. She is currently the winemaker for De Ponte Cellars in the Dundee Hills. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Intriguing nose with aromas of cherry liquor, spice and a hint of fresh oak. Demure but flavorful on the palate with tastes of cherry, spice, citrus and oak. Crafted with modest tannins with bright acidity. Pinotosity at work here. Score: 92. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »