Adelsheim Vineyard

Owner(s) David Adelsheim, Ginny Adelsheim, Jack Loacker, Lynn Loacker
Web site www.adelsheim.com
 
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David and Ginny Adelsheim spent a summer in Europe back in 1970 and dreamed of planting a vineyard in Oregon. In 1972, they planted 15 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling in the Chehalem Mountains using the assistance of friends and family. This became known as Quarter Mile Lane Vineyard. The first commercial release of 1,300 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris was 1978. In 1982 a 6,000 square foot winery was built. Later a 19-acre vineyard across the street from the original vineyard was leased and became known as Bryan Creek Vineyard. In 1989 a 52-acre site, now named Calkins Lane Vineyard, was purchased and became the home of the current winery in 1997. Extensive additions to the winery were completed in 2008 and a new tasting room opened in 2009.

Co-owners Jack and Lynn Loacker joined Adelsheim Vineyard in 1994 and began planting a 120-acre site on Ribbon Ridge known as Ribbon Springs Vineyard, the source of much of the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes since 1998. . Winemaker David Paige has been with Adelsheim since 2001, shortly after Elizabeth's Reserve shift from a single-vineyard wine (Quarter Mile Lane) to a multi-vineyard blend. The viticulturist is Chad Vargas.

Adelsheim now farms 13 vineyards over 237 acres in four Willamette Valley sub-AVAs, and produces 42,000 cases of wine annually. 72% of production is estate grown. The Pinot Noirs have consistently maintained among the lowest alcohols among Oregon producers. Beginning in 2011, Adelsheim began to release a "Best of Vintage" Pinot Noir. The inaugural release was from the 29th harvest and was given the name, "Vintage 29." It was crafted from 3½ barrels of Pinot Noir ($140 a bottle). Vintage 31 and Vintage 32 are also available from the winery.

Also beginning in the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012, Adelsheim single vineyard Pinot Noirs will sport new labels. The Adelsheim wines had become known for the colorful portraits of beautiful women drawn on the labels by Ginny. Adelsheim's best known Pinot Noir bottling is the Elizabeth's Reserve, affectionately called "The Lizzie."

David Adelsheim remains an iconic figure in Oregon wine and has participated as a respected spokesperson on important issues in the Oregon wine industry over the years. He remains quiet and unassuming, with a charming sense of humor which belies his considerable achievements.

The winery is located at 16800 NE Calkins Ln in Newberg. The website is www.adelsheim.com and the phone is 503-538-3652. Current Pinot Noir releases include a Willamette Valley blend, Elizabeth's Reserve, and vineyard designates from Bryan Creek, Calkins Lane, Goldschmidt, Quarter Mile Lane, Ribbon Springs, and Temperance Hill vineyards. The wines are available on the website and the Willamette Valley and Elizabeth's Reserve are distributed nationally.

Reviewed Wines

2011 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.56, 16,566 cases, $32. 33rd vintage of this wine. 76% of grapes sourced from Adelsheim estate vineyards with the largest percentage from the Chehalem Mountains. The remaining 27% were derived from fourteen other non estate vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley. Aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, cut flowers, resinous pine and cinnamon oak. Light in weight with brisk acidity, featuring tart red cherry and cranberry flavors with oak in the background. A forward drinking wine for the weekday dinner table. Score: 86. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.52, 1,306 cases, $55. A best of winery reserve, first bottled in 1986. 72% of the fruit comes from five of the Adelsheim estate vineyards located in the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Nicely perfumed with bright aromas of fresh cherry pie glaze, rose petals, spice and oak. A cherry bombast with sneaky intensity, featuring bright, clean flavors, suave tannins and a lively acid underpinning. Easy to like now with it’s ample finish, this wine should benefit from cellaring. Score: 89. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Boulder Bluff Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.45, 372 cases, $68. Lynn and Jack Loacker, co-owners of Adelsheim Vineyard, bought this 9.91-acre vineyard in 2000. Soils are basaltic-origin (volcanic) clay loam. Basalt boulders give the vineyard its name. Three clones were used in this bottling: QM-1 (from Charles Coury in 1974), “828” or AS-2, and Dijon 777. Aged 10 months in 28% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Appealing aromas of cherry, raspberry and a hint of spice. The relatively light core of red cherry fruit shows good impact on entry and some finishing power. The mouthwatering acidity, balanced tannins and complimentary oak add to the pleasure. Tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had become more aromatic featuring hi-tone cherry and baking spice aromas. The acidity became quite apparent, ending with a steely, mineral-driven finish. Score: 90. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Calkins Lane Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.50, 405 cases, $68. This site was formerly a hazelnut and walnut orchard named after a family that settled the area in the 1890s and lived there into the 1960s. Pinot Noir first planted here in 1996 and the first single vineyard Pinot Noir from the property came in the 2001 vintage. Clones are 115, 667 and 777 planted in marine sedimentary soils. Warmest, lowest elevation and earliest to harvest of the estate vineyards. Aged 10 months in 34% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Well-endowed with bright aromas of black cherries, cassis and iron. Enticing middleweight flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, cola and subtle oak, balanced by ripe, firm tannins. Very polished and nicely balanced, finishing with a refreshing burst of citrus-infused fruit. Score: 91. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Ribbon Springs Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.59, 352 cases, $68. Ninth Ribbon Springs vineyard-designated wine. This 60-acre vineyard has high-density plantings of Pommard (UCD5 and UCD4), Wädenswil (UCD1A), 4407, and Dijon clones 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777 in sandstonebased, sedimentary soils. This wine is composed of UCD 4 and UCD5. Aged 10 months in 29% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Distinctive aromas of black fruits, clove, cola and oak spice. Appealing fullness on the mid palate with moderately rich flavors of black cherry and blackberry framed with a hint of spice and anise. Plenty of pizzaz to please with a satiny texture, polished tannins and a palate staining black cherry explosion on the finish. Score: 93. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.60, 363 cases, $68. 100% clone 667 planted in basaltic-origin (volcanic) soils. This 100-acre vineyard was established by Edward and L.S. Koo in 1981. Adelsheim replanted on of the ideal sections of the vineyard. A late ripening site. Fifth single vineyard bottling. Aged 10 months in 33% new medium toast French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is striking with bright aromas of Bing cherries, raspberries, and spice. Outstanding depth and length of flavor featuring a core of dark red cherries and berries with a hint of graham, cola and spice. Seductively ethereal in the mouth, with firm, supportive tannins, and a long, long, long finish. A brilliant wine with superb balance. Still extraordinary when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 94. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Bryan Creek Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.53, 375 cases, $75. 19.2-acre vineyard planted to UCD 5, 113, 114, 115 in basaltic-origin (volcanic) clay loam soils. Relatively high in elevation and one of the estate vineyards to be harvested. Aged in 27% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Demure, but appealing aromas of cherries, tea and rose petals. Relatively light in weight, but very flavorful, offering juicy flavors of red cherries and berries wrapped in soft tannins. Very polished with a refreshing vein of acidity and soprano finish. Score: 91. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Nicholas Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.47, 161 cases, $90. This vineyard was first planted by Nick and Sheila Nicholas in 2001 who make their own wines under the Anam Cara label. 100% clone 667 planted in Laurelwood soils (wind-blown ice age sediment) covering basalt. Aged 10 months in 33% new medium-toast French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of fresh red cherry tart and spice are echoed on the palate. Husky tannins create a firm mouth feel and a complimentary note of oak adds interest. The peacock tail finish is special. The wine still showed exceptional character and balance the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Did I mention the finish? Score: 92. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Zenith Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.52, 143 cases, $90. Third single vineyard wine from this vineyard that was originally planted in the early 1980s by Pat O’Connor. Kari and Tim Ramey bought it in 2002 and renamed it, expanding the plantings to 70 acres. Clones are 667, “828,” 115, and Pommard planted in volcanic and sedimentary soils. Aged 10 months in 31% new medium-toast French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Seductive aromatics offering scents of black cherries, forest floor and spice. Soft in the mouth and relatively light in weight, with appealing black cherry flavor set off by an earthy note. The tannins are nicely balanced and the good acidity adds grip. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with glorious aromatics. Score: 91. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Quarter Mile Lane Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.52, 82 cases, $105. First planted in 1972, this vineyard is the oldest Adelsheim estate vineyard and is named for the road that forms the northern boundary of the property. This wine comes from a 2.4-acre Block 1 planted in 1974 with what is apparently Martini clone or a mix of Martini and Pommard clones. Basaltic-origin (volcanic) clay-loam soils. Aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Plenty of energy in the hi-tone aromas of cherries, baking spice and oak. Very classy on the palate with satisfying roundness and a velvety mouth feel. Flavors of red cherries and berries are accented with a noticeable but not obtrusive oak sheen. The juicy, vivid finish is exceptional. Still appealing the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle with soft, generous red fruit flavors. Score: 93. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $37.99. A barrel selection from some of the finest lots in the cellar. Mostly estate grown fruit. Named for Elizabeth Edel, the daughter of David and Ginny Adelsheim, the winery’s founders. The portrait on the label is by Ginny Adelsheim. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is complex and well endowed with vibrant aromas of dark red cherries, leather, dried rose petal and berry granola. Tasty essence of fresh black cherries and black raspberries with a lingering cherry and mineral driven finish. Delicately structured with crisp acidity and dusty tannins. Better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Should be a cause for celebration in a few years. Very good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Adelsheim Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., 17,425 cases, $32. This bottling has been made since 1979. A blend of multiple vineyards including 7 estate vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains AVA (75%) and 9 other vineyards in other parts of the Willamette Valley (25%). 60% of the wine is Pommard 5 and Wadenswil clones. 100% de-stemmed, 6-day pre-fermentation maceration, aged in French oak barrels. · Slightly muted aromas of red Pinot fruits. Tasty berry melange of strawberries, raspberries and cranberries. Elegantly styled with lively acidity on a clean finish. A dependable daily drinker. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Adelsheim Vineyard Elizabeth’s Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 1,192 cases, $48. Since 2000 this has been a “best of winery” reserve, the best barrels from the best lots. 4 to 6 day cold soak, inoculation with commercial yeast, aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 10 months. Named after David Adelsheim’s daughter. · Intense aromas and flavors of cherries and berries, both red and black, with a subtle hay note. Discreetly concentrated and well-crafted with enough structure to last in the cellar for up to ten years. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Adelsheim Vineyard Boulder Bluff Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 240 cases, $58. From a 10-acre Chehalem Mountains vineyard bought by co-owners Lynn and Jack Loacker in 2000. The vineyard is planted to a Burgundy clone called AS2 and another of unclear origin also planted at Adelsheim’s original Quarter Mile Lane Vineyard in 1974. Soils are basaltic in origin. The grapes were de-stemmed into open-top fermenters followed by a 4 to 6-day cold soak. Aged in 33% new French oak barrels for 10 months. · I liked this wine for its rich pure black cherry and black raspberry fruit, its undertones of spice and roasted hazelnuts, its smooth mouth feel, and its clean and zippy finish. Very impressive classy juice. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Adelsheim Vineyard Calkins Lane Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

249 cases, $58, club release September 1, 2009. Dijon clone 667 and Wadenswil. · Scents of red fruits, hazelnuts and hay. Discreet core of perfumed red fruit with brisk acidity on the mildly floral finish. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Adelsheim Vineyard Bryan Creek Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

280 cases, $68, club release September 1, 2009. From a 20-acre leased vineyard located across the road from the original Quarter Mile Lane Estate Vineyard. A single-vineyard bottling has been produced since 1998. Basaltic, clay-loam soils at 700+ foot elevation. Clone is Pommard 5 planted in 1989. Aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Light garnet color. More delicate this vintage but still delivers plenty of pleasure. Rich mid-palate array of red and black fruits which are powerfully flavored. Acidity is toned down compared to other vineyard-designates. Plush, velvety mouth feel with soft ripe tannins. Very drinkable now and quite enjoyable. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 15,521 cases, $31. The flagship Pinot Noir from Adelsheim sourced from seven estate vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains and nine vineyards in other parts of the Willamette Valley. Both Jory and Willakenzie soil types are represented. 24% new French oak was used. · Cherries, spice and roasted nuts are quite flavorful in this wine which is light on its feet. Silky textured with refined acidity and a hint of earthiness on the finish. A perfectly fine entry wine. Reviewed December 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $40. A barrel selection from four estate vineyards on Chehalem Mountain and a few barrels from northern Willamette Valley. · Heady perfume of strawberry, cherry and fresh herbs. The restrained flavors echo the nose but don’t deliver the intensity of the aromas. A lighter-styled wine that is quite feminine and smooth. The scent trumps the taste now. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Adelsheim Ribbon Springs Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 299 cases, $58. Sedimentary sandstone based soils make up the Ribbon Springs Vineyard consisting of 80 acres of primarily Pinot Noir grapes. Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon clones. The winemaker is Dave Paige. · The palate is all Pinot with mixed berry and black cherry fruit, uplifting acidity and supple tannins. Lovely texture and commendable balance. Gorgeous and pure. Reviewed December 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Adelsheim Vineyard Quarter Mile Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir

Longer maceration performed before and after fermentation leading to more tannin for aging. This wine should age 20+ years. Fruit from this vineyard makes up a large percentage of the Adelsheim Reserve bottling (since 1988). · Black cherry is the calling card for this wine which has excellent fruit purity. Very soft in the mouth and easily approachable now. Finishes with a black cherry flourish with staying power. Excellent. Reviewed August 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

1993 Adelsheim Vineyard Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir

Adelsheim was the first to make a vineyarddesignated bottling from this vineyard. Pommard based. From a cool vintage. · Aromas of dried fruit, mushrooms and earth. Light in weight featuring dark red berry fruit and hints of animale and leather. The tannins have fully integrated. Enjoyable. Reviewed August 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

1987 Adesheim Vineyard Oregon Pinot Noir

The last vintage for David Adelsheim as winemaker. First year adjusted crop load; before that, vintners in Oregon hadn’t really thought of trying to adjust crop load for quality. A large vintage marked by rain and then heat near the end. Grapes were picked in early September. · Mild bricking of the rim in the glass. Very shy but pleasing aromas of cherries, mint and buttered brioche. Surprising well-flavored with a tasty core of cherry fruit and a note of teriyaki. The tannins have fully melded, but the wine retains a good cut of acidity. Amazing! Reviewed August 23, 2012 ARTICLE »