Spindrift Cellars

Owner(s) Matt Compton, Tabitha Compton
Web site www.spindriftcellars.com
 
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A small family owned boutique winery located in the southern Willamette Valley in the town of Philomath. founded by Matt and Tabitha Compton in 2003. Matt Compton also owns West Vine Farms, a vineyard management company, and manages most of the vineyards from which Spindrift Cellars sources fruit including Deer Haven Vineyard, Esterling Vineyard and Irish Bend Vineyard.

The lineup of wines includes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Syrah, all of which are bottled under screw caps. The winery and tasting room are located at 810 Applegate Street in Philomath (check website for hours). Tasting is also available by appointment.

Reviewed Wines

2016 Spindrift Cellars Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

13.3% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.57, RS 0.3%, 345 cases, $25, screwcap. Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented, partial malolactic fermentation, stirred on lees every week in barrel. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. The nose reminds of Viognier with tropical fruit notes along with citrus and white rose petal aromas. Light and easygoing, with a slightly viscous texture, and fresh flavors of lemon and pear. Refreshing, with a sleek finish. Score: 89. Reviewed October 22, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Spindrift Cellars Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.57, 1,467 cases, $22, screwcap. Seven small vineyards contributed to this blend, many of which are over 15-years-old and all are dry farmed. Soil types are mostly Alluvial and Bellpine series. Clones are Pommard, Wdenswil, 115, 777 and 667. Average 2.25 tons per acre. Fermented in 1.5-ton open-top fermenters with manual punch downs. Aged in French oak barrels. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. A savory and earthen aroma greets the nose. Light to mid weight flavors of red cherry and berry with a herbal undertone. Somewhat austere and simple, with soft tannins and a finish alive with cherry scent. Score: 87. Reviewed October 22, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Spindrift Cellars OSU Woodall Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

13.5% alc., $25, screw cap. 1978 clone 108. Barrel and fermented and aged 8 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Brims with aromas of lemon, lime, tapioca and underbrush. Modest in weight, but highly flavorful, offering flavors of lemon, pear and a hint of caramel. Clean and beautifully balanced, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and some finishing persistence. I tried for more deserving descriptors, but this was simply an intriguing and relishable wine. Score: 92. Reviewed October 22, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Compton Alpine Cuvée Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.59, 444 cases, $38, screwcap. Sourced from multiple vineyards in the “banana belt” of the Willamette Valley where there is a relatively warm microclimate within the hillsides of the Monroe area. Weathered volcanic soils of Basalt and Jory type. Diverse clones. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Exceptional aromatic seduction, with aromas of crushed dark berries, underbrush and spice. Like a gift of heaven on the palate, with delicious mid weight flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and warm spices. Outstanding harmony with meticulous oak integration. This beauty really delivers the goods in a darker, riper fruited package with seamless tannin and acid integration. Pinot royalty that was even better when tasted later in the day from an open bottle. Buy this one by the case or two to drink now and over the next few years. WOW! Score: 94. Reviewed October 22, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Compton Old Vine Series Llewellyn Cuvée Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.62, 329 cases, $38, screwcap. Mostly Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 115 clones from old vines averaging 35 years of age and all dry farmed. Small lot fermentations, aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Very pleasant aromas of chocolate, cherry and spice. The mid weight dark red cherry and blueberry flavors cascade through a welcome attack and mid palate, finishing with length and cherry-fueled goodness. Nicely balanced with added accents of spice, tobacco and saline. Score: 90. Reviewed October 22, 2017 ARTICLE »

2014 Compton Old Vine Series Llewellyn Cuvée Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Shy aromas of cherry and raspberry align with a scent of earthy flora. Light to mid weight in style featured bright flavors of red cherry and red berry framed by silky tannins. Very lacy and elegant, with a shallow mid palate, a thread of woody oak in the background, and a modest finish. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Shy aromas of cherry and raspberry align with a scent of earthy flora. Light to mid weight in style featured bright flavors of red cherry and red berry framed by silky tannins. Very lacy and elegant, with a shallow mid palate, a thread of woody oak in the background, and a modest finish. Score: 88. Reviewed October 22, 2017 ARTICLE »

2006 Spindrift Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $25, screw cap. This winery is located in Philomath, Oregon, 5 miles west of Corvallis. The few wineries in this area are not as visible as those from the northern Willamette Valley but the wines are equally fine. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. · Unfiltered. Perfect marriage of crushed berries, herb garden, flowers and barnyard on the nose. Tart berries, including cranberries, on the palate with a touch of oak. Decent richness, smoothly textured and a pleasing citrus lift on the persistent finish. Plenty to like here. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »



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