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After 16 years at Stags Leap Vineyard in the Napa Valley, winemaker Robert Brittan returned to Oregon to craft Pinot Noir under his own label (Brittan Vineyard), for Mo Ayoub at Ayoub Vineyard in the Dundee Hills, and Winderlea, also in the Dundee Hills.
The Ayoub Vineyard is 4 acres planted in 2001 in Jory soils with clones 667, 777, 114, 115 and Pommard 4.
Ayoub Pinot Noir is produced in small quantities (400 cases) and is sold online with limited retail distribution.
2014 Ayoub Memoirs Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $38. A blend of several select vineyards. Photo on front label was taken with winery owner Mo Ayoub, his father and siblings in 1964 on the beach in Beirut, Lebanon. Memoirs is a tribute to fond recollections of Mo Ayoub’s family. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nice harmonious blend of fruit and oak on the nose, with aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, mocha and vanilla. Good heft in a mid weight plus styled wine, with flavors of blueberry, black cherry and black raspberry framed by modest dusty tannins. Juicy, with a pleasing satin texture and a satisfying finish of good length. Still very appealing when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle the following day. Score: 91-92. Reviewed February 1, 2017 ARTICLE »
2014 Ayoub ??? Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 280 cases, $55. Fruit sources intentionally concealed but come from three highly-regarded vineyards in the Dundee Hills. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate coated black cherry, toast and underbrush. The core of sweet boysenberry and blueberry-pomegranate fruit flavors is quite generous, flooding the mouth with fruit goodness. The ripe fruit veers to compote and is backed by vigorous tannins. There is plenty to like in this wine, but it needs more time in bottle to fully integrate the tannins and shed some oak overlay. Still a bit tight when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 88-90. Reviewed February 1, 2017 ARTICLE »
2014 Ayoub Estate Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.50, 440 cases, $60. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. This wine is clearly an outstanding example of this vintage. Intoxicating aromas of black cherry, spice box, dark red rose petal and burnt tobacco. Revealing harmony with the first sip, this beauty is both elegant and silky on the palate, offering a mid weight array of black berry fruits supported by feathery tannins. Very giving at this early age. Even more striking the following day, when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, with an exuberant nose and enviable balance. Score: 93-94. Reviewed February 1, 2017 ARTICLE »
2010 Ayoub Murto Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., $49. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose starts out with lovely aromas of cherries and balsam, then evolves over time to reveal very ripe fruit aromas including raisin and becomes somewhat pungent. The light weight core of darker cherries and berries has substantial structural bones and an appealing lift of acidity on the lengthy finish. Much better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing resolution of the pungency, more intense fruit expression and becoming overall more enjoyable. Good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Ayoub Estate Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $50, heavy bottle, wax closure. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Very seductive aromas of oak-kissed black cherries and dried rose petals. Middleweight charge of black cherry fruit with a citrus underbelly. Seamless and elegant, with good clarity of fruit and very accommodating tannins. Still appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A bright, crisp, light offering that mirrors the vintage quite well. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »