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2015 Vino Vasai Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé

10.7% alc., 72 cases, $18 (sold out). · Moderate pink color in the glass. Delicate aromas of strawberry, blood orange, leafy salad greens and creme fraiche. Highly flavorful, with tastes of strawberry, cherry, raspberry and blood orange offering bright acidity and some intensity on a satisfying finish. For a rosé, this wine has unusual aromatic persistence on the finish. Score: 88. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Vino Vasai Dario Potter’s Vineyard Estate Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 275 cases, $28. 3-acre vineyard planted in 2001 in Laurelwood and Jory soils. Dijon 114, 115 and 777. Harvest Brix 23.0º. Aged 11 months on the lees with stirring in French oak barrels, 35% new. Free run and press wine. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Black cherry and dark rose petal aromas frame the nose. Juicy, with good fruit ripeness and purpose, featuring dark red cherry and blueberry flavors. Structured, but with tempered tannins, no oak intrusion, and some finishing length. More expressive when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle two days later. Score: 91. Reviewed June 29, 2018 ARTICLE »

2015 Vino Vasai Barrel 17 Select Potter’s Vineyard Estate Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 98 cases, $38. A selection of the best neutral barrels. Aged 11 months on the lees with stirring in neutral French oak barrels. Free run and press wine. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, peppery spices and green growth. Very similar to the Estate bottling but with less aromatic appeal, but a more heavenly satin texture. Middleweight in concentration featuring black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors that show some persistence on the finish. A fine unoaked wine that wants for a little more complexity. Score: 90. Reviewed June 29, 2018 ARTICLE »

2015 Vino Vasai Potter’s Vineyard Estate Reserve Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 98 cases, $50. Primarily Pommard clones. Harvest Brix 23.5º. Aged 11 months on the lees with stirring in French oak barrels, 75% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Oak plays more of a role in the nose and tannin structure of this wine. Black cherry is the theme as is usually the case with Pommard clone, with the perfectly ripened fruit showing good attack, mid palate presence and finishing generosity. There is a very healthy tannic backbone that leads to mild astringency on the finish. This wine showed better integration of tannins when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, indicating some cellaring is advised. Score: 92. Reviewed June 29, 2018 ARTICLE »

2014 Vino Vasai Dario Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $25. From a 3-acre vineyard planted in 2001 in Jory and Laurelwood soils. Aged on the lees in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of black cherry and underbrush. Fresh and easy to like in an elegant, mid weight styled wine with flavors of black cherry, peppery spice, dried herbs and a hint of smoke. Nicely balanced, with evident but polished tannins, finishing on an upbeat note. Score: 89. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Vino Vasai Estate Reserve Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $45. A barrel selection. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. More fruit concentration and supporting tannins than the Dario Estate bottling deserving of a Reserve designation. Deep black cherry flavor of Pommard has a earthy mushroom note also typical of Pommard. Very classy and seductive on the palate, with enough tannin for age ability. Still solid the following day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. No need to be in a hurry to drink this beauty. Score: 92. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »



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