VOLUME 10, ISSUE 2
December 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
2014 Pinot Noir All-Americans 2014 California Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 California Pinot Noir Second Team All-Americans 2014 California Pinot Noir Honorable Mention All-Americans 2014 California Value Priced Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 California Value Priced Honorable Mention All-Americans 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir Second Team All-Americans 2014 Oregon Value Priced Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 Oregon Value Priced Pinot Noir Honorable Mention All-Americans 2014 California Chardonnay All-Americans 2014 California & Oregon Value Priced Chardonnay All-Americans First Encounters of Noteworthy Pinot Noir Producers in 2014 Winery of Year: White Rose Estate Best Wine Quotes of 2014 Happy Holidays!
Ayres Vineyard & Winery
"We grow it. We make it. We live it. We love it." Three generations live among the vines at Ayres Vineyard & Winery, located in Oregon's Ribbon Ridge AVA. A vineyard was planted in 2001 on what was formerly a filbert orchard. 3 acres of Pinot Noir, clone 667, were initially planted and the vineyard has grown to 18 acres of various Pinot Noir clones (113, 115, 777, Pommard), an experimental plot of white grape varieties and an underground winery.
Winemaker Brad McLeroy grew up in Kansas and after operating a wine store in Kansas City for many years, became enamored with Oregon Pinot Noir. He moved his family to Oregon and began work as the cellarmaster for Domaine Drouhin Oregon. His in-laws, particularly Don McClure, were interested in winegrowing and a family partnership was formed as Ayres Vineyard & Winery.
The 2007 Ayres Pioneer Pinot Noir was a featured wine at the 2009 IPNC. Contact the winery for pricing and availability of the wines (503-538-7450).
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