Angela Estate 2013 Pinot Noir, Yamhill Carlton District, Willamette Valley
Angela Estate is a small, family-owned craft winery in Oregon in the Yamhill-Carton District. Wine Spectator called out Angela Estate as one of their "Eight New Names To Know". They said "A Sweetheart of a Vineyard. The 50-acre Angela Estate occupies a prime spot in Yamhill-Carlton. The vines spill down the same ridge and slope as Mineral Springs Ranch, Soter's estate vineyard. Ken Wright planted the original 34-acre Angela site." All the winemaking for the estate is also done by local veteran, superstar winemaker Ken Wright (producer of Wine Enthusiast Magazine's #1 Wine of 2014). This 2013 comes from that flagship vineyard, planted in 2006 on ancient marine sedimentary soils with Wadenswil, Dijon 777 & 115. The wine was aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. Wine Enthusiast Magazine made this a "Cellar Selection" scoring it 92 points and saying "The label does not bear the name Angela Vineyard, but the fruit is estate grown. This is a tight, focused, young red wine, with tangy raspberry fruit that touches on black cherry. Vivid and penetrating, it needs plenty of time to breathe, and as it does it reveals subtle layers of mocha and caramel. This has the bones to age. Drink now through 2030." and this wine just won a very prestigious Gold Medal in the 33rd Annual International Wine Challenge in London. It was the only Pacific Northwest wine to earn Gold and one of only five U.S. wines awarded Gold. The competition judging is headed more than 20 Masters of Wine and each medal-winning wine was blind-tasted at least three times by a minimum of 10 judges. Very Impressive!!