AWE Wines

Owner(s) PJ Awe, Travis Awe
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AWE Wines

A small Pinot Noir producer launched with the 2016 vintage using grapes sourced from Olenik Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, Oregon. The future plan calls for a single vineyard Pinot Noir from Olenik Vineyard each year.

Winemaker Travis Awe works as Cellar Master for a large winery in Napa and his partner, PJ, has been active in the wine industry as well.

The small production (less than 70 cases) is sold through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2016 AWE Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., $50. Sourced from Olenik Vineyard planted in 1989. Volcanic soils with basalt rocks. 100% Pommard clone. Harvest Brix 23.3ยบ. 25% whole cluster fermentation. Aged in neutral French oak barrels for 12 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Tasted twice two months apart with this review based on the second tasting that was most recent. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, raspberry, savory herbs and compelling spice. Mid weight plus in style, with expansive flavors of plum, blackberry, allspice, and a whiff of leaf and stem. The fruit finds every nook and cranny in the mouth. Silken in texture, with modest tannins, and a juicy finish. The wine offers matching flavor ripeness and phenolic ripeness. More overall pleasure when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Thoroughly enjoyable now, but another 6-12 months in bottle will prove even more rewarding. Score: 93. Reviewed May 10, 2018 ARTICLE »

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