WildAire is a small, boutique winery specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the premiere vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Our focus is to create elegant wines that capture the essence of the site and the vintage. The gold WildAire Triskele is the Celtic symbol for Wind, Water, and Earth. It represents our Irish heritage and our commitment to sourcing grapes from sustainable growers.
2018 Yates Conwill Vineyard Pinot Noir - 93 Points - There's a pleasing softness to the mouthfeel, that opens up this young wine. It's generously accented with flavors of toast, baking spices, sandalwood and almond paste, but the blueberry-blackberry fruit holds down the center. It's an instantly likable wine, with medium weight and a drinking window through the late 2020s. - P.G.
2018 Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir - 94 Points - Simply delicious, and yet structured for the long term, this single-vineyard selection brings a mix of strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit, along with touches of skin and leaf. The balance is spot-on, and the layers of complexity seem certain to develop further as the wine ages in bottle. It spent 10 months in 50% new French oak, and the resonant finish, which lingers for many minutes, is the key. - P.G.
WildAire 2018 Norma Pinot Blanc - 93 Points - Editor's Choice - The winery has a very fine track record with this grape. There has been a change in vineyard sourcing, and the wine has been given a new name honoring the founder's mother, but the quality is higher than ever. Taken all together, the techniques of whole-cluster pressing, spontaneous (wild) ferment and sur lie aging bring exceptional texture, detail, power and elegance to this wine. Lovely clover scents and rich, round apple-pear-peach fruit flavors keep the palate lively through a lingering finish. - PG
WildAire 2018 Open Claim Vineyard Chardonnay - 94 Points - Editor's Choice - The vineyard is just south of the Van Duzer Corridor AVA, hence the more generic Willamette Valley label. But this wine demonstrates the intensity and depth that this vineyard and region bring to what can be a rather dull and flimsy grape. Not so here! This vibrant wine sings with mixed tree fruits, vanilla bean, butterscotch and spicy highlights from 10 months in one-third new French oak. - PG
WildAire 2018 Timothy Pinot Noir - 92 Points - Cellar Selection - Brambly, delicious, pinpoint flavors show the bright and spicy red berry, blueberry and red plum fruit to full effect. Aging 10 months in French oak brings a streak of clove and a lightly toasty shroud. Three vineyards are in the mix of this sophisticated, muscular and ageworthy wine. Drink now through the end of the decade. - PG
This single-vineyard wine is rock solid, with punchy black-cherry fruit, a streak of mineral and a sprinkling of coffee grounds. Clean earth and graphite add more complexity, and the tannins—ripe and sturdy—provide a perfect foundation. The wine was aged for 17 months in one-third new French oak, and should drink well into 2028. 92 Points
A solid effort, this brings plum and blueberry, black cherry and baking spices together in a substantial, even muscular style. Earthy tannins form a strong base, and the overall sturdy character, along with the balance and texture, suggest that this will age nicely over the next decade. Drink now through the late 2020s. 91 Points
A bright gold color, this appealing wine keeps the alcohol down and maximizes the impression of aging in one-sixth new oak barrels—just enough to butter up the melony fruit. It's smooth and supple with a lingering toasty finish. Drink now and over the next few years. 91 Points
Matthew Driscoll's wines hit a consistently high standard, and this young Pinot Blanc deftly mixes several emerging trends in Oregon: whole cluster pressing, native yeasts and light exposure to all- (or mostly) neutral oak. Apple, peach and pear flavors come with a touch of cinnamon, and the sur lie aging adds a crunchy/creamy texture throughout. 91 Points
Deep crimson. A complex bouquet evokes cherry cola, black raspberry and pungent flowers, along with subtle mocha and spice nuances. Sappy and well-concentrated, offering appealingly sweet red and dark berry preserve flavors that smoothly blend depth and energy. The floral and spice notes drive an impressively long, smooth finish framed by velvety tannins. 33%new oak. 93 Points
Brilliant red. Spice-accented aromas of ripe red berries, pungent flowers and succulent herbs are sharpened by a smoky mineral element. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, mulberry and floral pastille flavors that form up through the midpalate. Shows very good clarity and spicy lift on the long, smooth finish, which is framed by even tannins. 91 Points
Deep, vivid red. Spice-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas show very good clarity and take on succulent herb and floral nuances with air. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering cherry cola and dark berry flavors that show very good clarity and back-end lift. Velvety tannins add gentle grip to the long, supple finish, which echoes the cherry and floral notes. 91 Points
Shimmering magenta. Highly perfumed red fruit and oral aromas are accompanied by building spice, vanilla and succulent herb flourishes. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and cherry cola flavors supported by an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Shows fine definition and spicy lift on a long, smooth finish shaped by well-judged tannins. 50% new oak. 93 Points
Limpid ruby-red. Powerful black raspberry, cherry cola and spicecake scents, along with suggestions of candied rose and vanilla. Concentrated yet energetic in style, offering appealingly sweet red and dark berry, vanilla and oral pastille flavors that show no rough edges. Smoothly blends depth and vivacity, finishing long, supple and sweet, with well-judged tannins and a lingering cola note. 66% new oak. 92 Points
Scented with crushed raspberries, this exceptional value carries that same intensity and freshness etched deeply into the palate. Some darker fruits hang around the perimeter, as the wine lingers through a graceful, slightly warm finish. Residual hints of sea-salt caramel wrap it up nicely (93 Points for the WildAire 2014 Timothy Pinot Noir).
The blend is a two-clone mix of 777 and Pommard, and it captures a range of delicate, well-defined flavors. Raspberry, cherry, light char, smoke, pepper, bitter herb, vanilla and camomile tea come rolling through. (94 Points for the WildAire 2014 Yates Conwill Vineyard Pinot Noir)
Focused, expressive, deep, dark and generous, with a mouthful of black licorice–accented blackberry and currant flavors that jet through a lithe, deftly balanced and long finish. (93 Points for the WildAire 2012 Timothy Pinot Noir)
A captivating wine loaded with blueberry, blue plum, black raspberry and a touch of violets. One-third new French oak brings a vein of chocolate. The balance is impeccable. Drink this with enjoyment immediately, or cellar it through 2025. (94 Points for the WildAire 2012 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir)
In the world of rare, single-vineyard Oregon Pinots, this is a relative bargain. The fruit delivers the subtle complexity and detail you hope for but don’t always find in single-vineyard bottles...It’s a dense and thought-provoking wine that rewards close attention. (92 Points for the WildAire 2012 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir)
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