|Owner(s)||Cheryl Francis, Bill Hatcher, Debra Hatcher, Sam Tannahill|
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A to Z Wineworks in Newberg, Oregon is a fast growing negotiant that sources and blends juice from all over Oregon. Founded by Sam Tannahill, Cheryl Francis, and Debra and Bill Hatcher. The wines, including Pinot Noir, are very popular daily drinkers that are widely available. The company's byline is “Aristocratic wines at democratic prices.”
Sam Tannahill has a master touch with blending, bringing wine from more than 30 different vineyards together for the Oregon Pinot Noir in 2008. The wines focus on value (A to Z wines are priced from $12 to $19), and the winery is now one of Oregon's largest.
The company also includes William Hatcher and Francis Tannahill labels, and Rex Hill, which the partners bought in 2006 with Gregg Popovich.
In 2014, A to Z became the world's first winery to earn a new certification focused on socially and environmentally responsible business known as B Corp.
2011 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $15, screwcap. · Moderate ruby red color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of black cherries and oak spice. Refined, brisk and elegant, featuring flavors of cherry and raspberry with a shadow of oak in the background, finishing with a flourish of cherry and a kick of citrus-laden acidity. A little too much oak on board for my taste with the oak becoming more evident the longer the wine sits in the glass. Score: 85. Reviewed December 18, 2013 ARTICLE »
2010 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $20, screw cap. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of oak-kissed cherries with a hint of spice and acacia. A fruity and uncomplicated wine with lighter weight flavors of red cherries and raspberries framed by bright acidity. Won’t turn your head, but pleasant and easy to drink. Decent. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $17, screw cap. A large production blend that is consistently dependable. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry pie, spice, vanilla and seasoned oak. Crisp cherry flavor in a straightforward, lighter style with well honed structural tannins and bright acidity. Soft in the mouth with admirable finesse, finishing with a mild herbal oak note. Good. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »
2008 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $16, screw cap. A to Z Wineworks makes “Aristocratic wines at democratic prices.” · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Fragrant with berry and cherry fruits and some herbal oak and brioche notes. Light on the palate with a demure core of red stone fruits with hints of loamy earth, sage and a touch of citrus peel on the finish. Clean, direct, well-defined and well-priced. Good. Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 A to Z Oregon Pinot Gris
13.0% alc., 30,500 cases, $12, screw cap. · Very shy aromas of tropical fruit including guava. Light and delicate expanding somewhat with time in the glass but still is rather dilute. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »
2007 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $15, screw cap. “Aristocratic wines at democratic prices.” · Aromas of ripe red berries which are slightly confected and herb-kissed. Crisp and juicy with reserved tannins and a lively touch of citrus zest on the finish. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $20, screw cap. This wine is from A to Z Wineworks in Newberg, Oregon, a fast growing negocient that sources and blends juice from all over Oregon. Founded by Sam Tannahill, Cheryl Francis, and Debra and Bill Hatcher. Very popular daily drinker that is widely available. Byline is “Aristocratic wines at democratic prices.” · Pleasant cherry and strawberry fruit in a straightforward style with a likeable smoky accent. Light-bodied and easy to drink, it has decent acidity and is a perfect accompaniment to an Easter ham. Reviewed April 7, 2008 ARTICLE »