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A very small producer of fine Willamette Valley Pinot Noir that is not well-known or discovered except by Pinot cognoscenti despite making wine for quite a few years. Thomas Winery is owned by John Thomas who only makes Pinot Noir limited to about 375 cases a year from a 4-acre dry farmed vineyard first released in 1992. Essentially a one-man production. John is a founding member of Oregon's Deep Roots Coalition.

Thomas Winery is not open to the public, but you can write to him at P.O. Box 48, Carlton, OR 97111. The Pinot Noirs are quite elegant and age worthy and worth buying if you come across a bottle. Good luck

Reviewed Wines

2011 Thomas Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $80 (secondary market). A cult wine with no winery website, very small estate production allocated to a mailing list. Very difficult to track down access to mailing list. Often sold at 2 to 3 times release price on secondary market. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but appealing aromas of cherry, raspberry, spice and oak all in harmony. More intensity and sparkle than the 2010 bottling, with vivid cherry, raspberry, and spice and a flowery note in the background. Notable dry tannins should resolve over time. Plenty of cherry and spice on the soprano finish. Tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had become more expressive and interesting with more spice, fruit brightness, and softer tannins. Very age worthy. Score: 92. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Thomas Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., $95 (secondary market). · Light garnet color in the glass. Unusual nose offering scents of cherry skin, stem and humus. Light red cherry fruit at the core with a hint of raspberry. Decent attack and persistence with soft tannins and very bright acidity. A stemmy note pervades the background. Light, even a bit austere, but with a pleasing acid-driven cherry-fueled finish. Better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, with more spice and sandalwood on the nose, but still austere fruit with dominant tannins and acidity. Score: 87. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

1998 Thomas Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13% alc.. · A controversial wine made in the Eyrie style that split the group. I found the aged bouquet appealing featuring leather, Asian spice and cherry. The fruit was light and demure. Reviewed March 27, 2007 ARTICLE »

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