VOLUME 9, ISSUE 49
October 20, 2014
Dukes Family Vineyards
Dukes Family Vineyards is the realization of a dream; a passion growing from a love of great food and extraordinary wine by Pat and Jackie Dukes. Hailing from Arizona, they established a vineyard and converted an old barn into a winery on the property which consists of 58 acres in the Eola Hills. From 1996 to 2000, 7.5 acres of Pinot Noir were planted with wide spacing norm common in Oregon. Additional planting of Dijon clones in 2006 added 10 acres of Pinot Noir, all high-density. Further blocks are planned. The first Pinot Noir was released in 2005.
The winemaker is Gary Andrus. The Davis Family Vineyards Alyssa is sold through a mailing list. Based on one bottle I sampled and the reputation and experience of Gary Andrus, I suspect this property is posed for stardom.
Articles About Dukes Family Vineyards
2006 Dukes Family Vineyards Alyssa Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc.. Produced and bottled by Gypsy Dancer Estates. · Initially there is a fecal smell that blows off revealing subtle aromas of berries and herbs. Moderately rich core of cherry and berry fruit with a tart citric edge to the nappy finish. Decent. Reviewed April 8, 2010 ARTICLE »
2005 Dukes Family Vineyards Alyssa Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., $45. · This wine is from R. Gary Andrus of Gypsy Dancer Estates. The nose is flat-out beautiful with hi-tone crushed cherries. The palate is spicy and tenacious with vivid fruit. Nicely weighted. The finish has brisk acidity. Reviewed March 27, 2007 ARTICLE »
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