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John Compagno, M.D., owner/winemaker is of Sicilian extraction. He has been trained in the field of pathology, laboratory medicine and molecular diagnostics, as his full-time job, practicing for over 25 years. However, he appreciates the stability and natural beauty of working in his nearby (he lives and practices in the San Francisco Bay Area) 5-acre Carneros vineyard - pruning, spraying, and tending the vines. He is constantly “on the go” at work and in the vineyard but still finds time to cook old family and traditional Italian recipes whenever possible. Gail Lizak is the co-winemaker. An inaugural 2006 release from this vineyard was one of the finalists at the Pinot Noir Shootout.
In late 2008, Ardiri announced they have acquired the Gypsy Dancer property in the Chehalem Mountains AVA of the Willamette Valley. The property consists of 13.5 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris in the Chehalem Mountains appellation. The wine will be released from this property starting with the 2009 vintage.
A tasting room is open at the winery year round Friday and Saturday and other days by appointment.
2011 Árdiri Pink Tractor Willamette Valley Rosé
12.7% alc., 75 cases, $N/A. Estate grown. 50% whole cluster, fermented at cool temperatures. · Delicate pink-orange color in the glass. Very nice aromas of tangerine and golden apple. Bright and crisp, with flavors of strawberries, blood oranges and tangerines. Very easy to cozy up to and about as pleasurable as rosé gets. Very good. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »
2009 Árdiri Due Stati Oregon/California Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $N/A. “Two states.” Produced from seven clones, aged 18 months in French oak and barrel selected. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of slightly roasted black fruits, brewed tea and oak. Flavors of dark berries and plum that veer to the ripe side with a hint of carmelized oak. Good mid palate intensity and follow through on the finish with balanced tannins. Chehalem Mountains fruit dominates the flavor and stylistic profile. Good. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »
2009 Árdiri California Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., 640 cases, $29. Sourced from the estate Carneros vineyard and includes clones 828, 777, 667, 115 and heirloom selections. Moderately light reddishpurple color in the glass. Fragrant with · Moderately light reddishpurple color in the glass. Fragrant with aromas of dark cherries, strawberries and sandalwood. Very enjoyable with refreshing flavors of dark red cherries and berries brown baking spices, supported by modest fine-grain tannins. Very smooth and easy to like. Very good. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »
2009 Árdiri Vineyard Select Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
15.5% alc., $29. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Not particular expressive nose with delicate aromas of very ripe black fruits and oak. Unusual heft and ripeness for Oregon although 2009 was a warm vintage. Flavors of black plum reduction sauce, blackberry jam and black tea with muscular tannins in the background. Too ripe for my taste. Decent. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »
2006 Ardiri Estate Grown Napa Carneros Pinot Noir
14.2% alc.,560 cases, $45. This is a new project produced and bottled by Gypsy Dancer Estates in Oregon for Ardiri. The name is Sicilian for “taking a risk” and can also mean “being consumed by fire.” The Carneros vineyard contains Dijon clones 115, 667, 777, 828 and rare Heirloom selections. · My highest scoring wine of the tasting competition. Beautiful and complex aromatics featuring ripe red cherry, red berry, floral notes, oak, char and a hint of allspice. Spiced cherries carry the attack with a hint of oak and herbs. The mouth feel is creamy, there is a healthy tannin structure, and the finishing spicy kick is lingering and memorable. Reviewed December 16, 2007 ARTICLE »