20 Jun PG Reviews for the WildAire 2019 wines
PG Reviews for the WildAire 2019 wines
From Paul Gregutt
PG: I’ve had the pleasure of tasting numerous vintages of WildAire right up to the final releases profiled here. They are reliably well-made and at times exceptional. Past favorites include the Open Claim Vineyard Chardonnays, the Fairsing and Yates-Conwill Vineyard Pinot Noirs, and all of the Pinot Blancs.
WildAire 2019 Norma Pinot Blanc
Less fruity, more tart and tangy than the 2018, but definitely a zippy, zesty tongue-snapper of a white wine. Lemon, lime and a touch of pineapple, with crisp citrus acidity. Definitely should be tried with fresh oysters.
129 cases; 13%; $25 (Willamette Valley)
WildAire 2019 Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir
WildAire’s 2019s are lighter overall than the 2018s but nicely balanced and detailed. This Fairsing has brambly strawberry and thistle notes, almost peppery in the mouth.
50 cases; 13.5%; $45 (Yamhill-Carlton)
WildAire 2019 Timothy Pinot Noir
Three vineyards featured individually combine forces here for this excellent and affordable cuvée. I wouldn’t hesitate to call this a winemaker’s reserve were I the winemaker. It’s seamless, grounded lightly in accents of herb and moderate tannins, lifted with medium acidity and replete with a mix of red and blue fruits. Highly recommended for exceptional value!
100 cases; 13.5%; $30 (Willamette Valley)
WildAire 2019 Yates Conwill Vineyard Pinot Noir
This is a single block, single clone expression, aged 10 months in one third new French oak. As always the winemaking is sensitive, balanced and designed to show the best of the fruit and the site. It’s precise, sculpted, with blood orange and tart raspberry fruit. It has the structure to age and should be set aside until the mid-2020s at least. This is my favorite among the winery’s 2019 Pinots.
75 cases; 13.5%; $45 (Yamhill-Carlton)
WildAire 2018 Summit Series – Three Fingered Jack Pinot Noir
Totally delicious, robust, with a mix of berries, cherries and citrus. It fairly bursts with fruity goodness, backed with substantial tannins and a frame of phenolic herbs. No surprise as virtually all of the 2018s from WildAire were knockout successes.
25 cases; 14.1%; $70 (Willamette Valley)”
Thank you so much for these kind words, Paul Gregutt!
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