Coattails Winery

Owner(s) Jared Etzel, Mikey Etzel
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Jared and Mikey Etzel, two sons of Beaux Freres winemaker and co-owner Mike Etzel, produce small lots of Pinot Noir. Both a Horsetail (early drinking) and Coattails (age worthy, expensive) Pinot Noir are released. The first vintage was 2007.

Mikey Etzel previously worked in the vineyards at Willakenzie Estate Winery and is now the vineyard manager at Brick House Vineyards. Jared Etzel lives in St. Helena, CA and works for Denis Malbec who is the winemaking consultant to Kapcsandy, Blankiet and Capture wineries. Jared and his brothers are developing a very small project producing Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard on Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley. The first vintage will be 2010 and will be called "Lis Chu Vineyard By The Etzel Brothers." Both Mikey and Jared completed the Oregon State University Enology and Viticulture Program and have spent time in Europe. Youngest brother Nathan is in finishing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in Denmark.

The wines are sold through a mailing list and the winery online store.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Horsetail Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 150 cases, $28. Sourced from Zena Crown, Broadley and Sunny Mountain vineyards. 100% destemmed. Aged in 60% new Francois Frères and Taransaud French oak barrels for 14 months. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, oak, biscuit (yeasty), stem and coffee becoming more pronounced the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Soft in the mouth with vibrant acidity, featuring cherry and raspberry fruit with a hint of tarry, coffee-scented oak in the background. A racy wine for early drinking. Decent. Reviewed February 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Coattails Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 90 cases, $74. Sourced from Sunny Mountain Vineyard in the southern Willamette Valley owned and farmed by Steve price. A co-fermented blend of 85% Pommard and 15% Mariafeld. 100% destemmed. Aged in 80% new Francois Frères and Taransaud French oak barrels for 15 months. No chemical adjustments, racking, fining or filtering. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Rather shy but pleasing aromas of black cherries, spice and dried rose petals. Delicious black cherry and plum fruit front and center that is on the big, riper side for this cool Oregon vintage, reflecting the warmer vineyard site. Displays the spice that Francois Frères oak is known for. Soft in the mouth with supple tannins and well-integrated oak and acidity. A charming Pinot that is very enticing. Very good. Reviewed February 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

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