Walnut City WineWorks

Owner(s) John Davidson, John Gilpin
Web site www.walnutcitywineworks.com
 
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A unique custom crush facility established in 1999 that not only assists clients in producing wine, but also plants, manages and farms vineyard sites. The brands (12,000 cases) include Walnut City WineWorks, Bernard Machado, Carlton Hill, Z’IVO, Genius Loci, Lundeen and Robinson Reserve.

Reviewed Wines

2014 Walnut City Wineworks Reserve Willamette Valley Chardonnay

13.5% alc., pH 3.19, 104 cases, $30. 50% Bunker Hill Vineyard and 50% Robinson Vineyard. Harvest Brix 21.8º-22.4º. Whole cluster pressed to tank, inoculated in barrel. Primary fermentation over 3-5 weeks and secondary fermentation another 2-3 months. Batonnage monthly while the wine spent 10 months on the lees. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Fresh aromas of green apple, lemon, pomelo and nutty oak. Nicely composed, with appealing flavors of citrus, green apple, and pear, finishing with a quenching burst of lemon-lime fruit. Bright in character with good tension. Score: 90. Reviewed June 25, 2017 ARTICLE »

2014 Walnut City Wineworks Reserve Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., pH 3.69, 333 cases, $30. Harvest Brix 23.5º-25.2º. 50% La Cantera Vineyard (Chehalem Mountains AVA), 30% Carlton Hill Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton AVA), and 20% Folie Hill Vineyard (Dundee Hills AVA). 100% de-stemmed. 3 to 5-day cold soak. Combination of native and inoculated yeast fermentation. Aged 12 months with light lees contact, then racked clean to barrels for another 5 months before bottling. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose leads with aromas of cherry, strawberry, toast and green bean. Noticeable vibrancy on the mid weight palate, displaying flavors of black cherry, raspberry and cranberry with a green note in the background. Integrated firm tannins, finishing slightly tart with good length. When tasted two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was more savory in character with notable vegetal notes and less appeal. Score: 88. Reviewed June 25, 2017 ARTICLE »

2014 Walnut City Wineworks La Cantera Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.63, 110 cases, $40. Wädenswil clone planted in Laurelwood soil at a 30-year-old vineyard. A combination of de-stemmed (75%) and whole cluster fermentation (25%). 2-day cold soak, daily pumpovers. Uninoculated fermentation with twice daily foot treading on the whole cluster lots and punchdowns on the destemmed lots. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 15% new. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Shy aromas of red cherry, dark red cranberry, red rose and sandalwood. An easy drinking mid weight style, offering an array of red fruit flavors embellished with subtle oak highlights. Infused with bright acidity, the wine finishes modestly. When tasted two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was unchanged. Score: 88. Reviewed June 25, 2017 ARTICLE »

2008 Walnut City Wineworks Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.56, 650 cases, $30. A barrel selection of the best lots from five vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Aged 18 months in 10% new French oak barrels and 24 months in bottle. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is well-endowed with aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, baking spices and toasty oak. Discreetly concentrated flavors of black cherries with complimentary oak notes of spice and toast, and a citrus-laden underbody. The extended bottle aging has allowed the tannins to fully meld and the wine is enjoyable now. Good. Reviewed May 5, 2013 ARTICLE »



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