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.
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)
WildAire welcomes virtual tastings by appointment, hosted by the winemaker. Each appointment is about an hour in length and features topics such as: winemaking philosophy, vintage, site, tasting notes and fantastic conversation.