Steve Tanzer 88 points - The high-production “basic” Adelsheim 2011 Pinot Noir leads with and attractively and intriguingly greenhouse-like amalgam of leafing and flowering things, and projects tart fresh red fruits on a polished palate, leading to an understated but downright refreshing as well as persistent finish. Hints of leafy greens but also of salted meat stock add interest as the wine opens to the air. I would plan on enjoying it through 2015. Nearly 80% of this cuvee, incidentally, comes from estate fruit, making more than half of it of Ribbon Ridge or adjacent Chehalem Mountain origin.
Wine Advocate 88 points - This is a solid, serviceable Pinot, though not a match for the very impressive 2010. Tart fruit carries a suggestion of over-ripeness as well, especially in the finish, which has an autumnal scent of fallen apples.
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ADELSHEIM VINEYARDS 2011 ADELSHEIM PINOT NOIR WILLAMETTE
"Vivid red. High-pitched red berry and Asian spices aromas are complemented by notes of blood orange and a deeper cherry pit quality. Fresh, penetrating and spicy, with a slightly tart edge to its raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Closes with good grip, focus and persistence, leaving a subtle herbal note behind." Josh Raynolds Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 88 points
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|Wine maker notes
|The first vintage of this Pinot noir was in 1979. Our objective in producing this wine has always been a classic, intense and elegant wine that pairs well with the foods we like to eat. By blending the diverse flavors and textures of multiple vineyards, clones and elevations, we produce a richly supple and focused wine that typifies what Pinot noir can achieve each vintage in the northern Willamette Valley.
|In 1971, Ginny and David Adelsheim purchased the 19 acres that would become Quarter Mile Lane Vineyard. They shared a dream with a handful of families that Oregon’s climate and land could one day produce serious wines. A home was built, vines planted, and in 1978, the first commercial wines were produced. Over four decades, Adelsheim Vineyard grew up with Oregon’s wine industry.
Our passion has only gained strength as our early dreams have become reality. Much of the credit is due to a team of talented, driven professionals who have joined us. They know that raising the bar with every growing season requires ceaseless attention to detail – from managing the crop size vine by vine to controlling 180 individual Pinot noir fermenters – while staying focused on the big picture. At our core, we are about crafting wines in a style consistent with our place. We combine traditional and state-of-the-art techniques to produce wines that show elegance, complexity, balance, and richness in their aromas, flavors, and texture.
In 1994, Lynn and Jack Loacker became co-owners of our company. They helped us re-envision our company so that we could become financially viable while not losing sight of our dreams. That financial stability has allowed us to expand our vineyard holdings in the Chehalem Mountains (and beyond) and to build a winery in which the envisioned quality can be realized.
As our company traverses its fifth decade, there will be changes. The management team will evolve with younger talents taking over the leadership of the company. The ownership may evolve as well, but it is the commitment of the Adelsheims and Loackers that our company will remain independent and family-owned.
Having reached the quantitative capacity of our facilities, our growth will be focused on ever-higher quality – in our wines themselves, in our customers’ experiences with our wines, and in our service.
It is our goal to be known as one of Oregon’s great wine producers. We will accomplish that by continuing to invest in great sites and talent. We will be leaders in our industry, becoming a sustainable yet genuine force for economic and social growth in our state. We will collaborate with our industry colleagues to find innovative ways to market our region and its wines to the world so they have a global presence.
We are still true believers in the unique pleasures of Pinot noir and the amazing white wines of Oregon’s north Willamette Valley. The singular climate and the inimitable sites of this place are what allow us to create these memorable wines. It falls to us to explain their seriousness to the world