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Et Fille 2007

The 2007 vintage represents the fifth for Howard and daughter Jessica Mozeico of Et Fille Wines. The pair source grapes from the best vineyards they can find and produce small lots of Willamette Valley appellation and vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs (and a Rosé and Viognier). The wines are crafted in the winemaker’s cooperative at August Cellars in Newberg, Oregon. I have been a fan of these wines which always show an elegant and refined touch. Like many Pinot Noirs from the 2007 vintage, these wines are more austere in fruit with higher acidities and lower alcohols. They are sold through a mailing list and on the website at Tasting is available by appointment (503-853-5836).

2007 Et Fille Wines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 153 cases, $24. A blend of Pinot Noir grapes from Blakeslee, Shaw Mountain, Kalita and Palmer Creek Vineyards. Aged 9 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Cherries, strawberries, roasted nuts and oak char on the nose. Tasty fruit flavors of red cherries, cranberries and strawberries with a little mocha in the background. Tannins are nicely managed and the whole package is very clean and refreshing. A dependable Pinot for mealtimes.

2007 Et Fille Wines Palmer Creek Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 73 cases, $34. Clone 777. Vineyard farmed by owners Janet and Larry Richards. Aged 8 months in 44% new French oak. · Demure aromas of cherries, herbs and oak with some heat peeking out. Slightly green red fruit flavors with noticeable tannins dominating the fruit. Light and soft with a dry finish.

2007 Et Fille Wines Kalita Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.7% alc., 380 cases, $38. Vineyard is owned by Arthur and Sherry Kalita. Pommard and Wädenswil clones. Aged 9 months in 49% new French oak. · The most perfumed of the 2007 lineup showing scents of dark red cherries and red plums, red roses and a hint of oak. Delicious dark cherry bombast with accents of spice, brioche, pepper and toast. The tannins are gossamer and the cherry aromas linger endlessly on the teasing finish. This beauty has a gentle richness that is very sensual.

2007 Et Fille Wines Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 151 cases, $42. This heritage vineyard was planted by Jim Maresh in the Dundee Hills more than thirty years ago. Pommard clone. Aged 9 months in 39% new French oak. · Decanted before tasting. Lovely deep cherry aromas show great purity. A touch of alcohol peeks out on the nose. Modest in power but delivering plenty of juicy red cherries and berries that are nicely complimented by Asian spices. Very smooth and elegant, building in intensity with time in the glass. This wine may ultimately top the Kalita. If you drink it now, spend some time with it.

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