Dundee Hills sub AVA
Willamette Valley AVA
he Winderlea tasting room is a modern building perched on the side of a hill in the heart of the Dundee Hills sub AVA, overlooking their vineyard. With great views in every direction, tasters really do get a sense of place when visiting. Owners Bill Sweat and Donna Morris are so very generous too– all tasting fees are donated to ¡Salud!, a local organization that provides healthcare services to vineyard workers.
This Pinot noir was a fun one to taste! We detected some unusual aromas we don’t often smell in local wines. As we swirled the Winderlea Pinot is our glasses, notes of eucalyptus, rosemary, brown sugar and raisins jumped out at us. It was almost as if we were smelling a bread pudding dessert rather than a glass of Pinot! We then tasted tart flavors of cranberries and rhubarb along with freshly cracked black pepper. Although it had a medium mouthfeel, the tannins were prominent so if you plan to drink this wine young, we recommend decanting it for a short while to allow them time to soften.