Owner/winemaker, Andreas Wetzel's great-grandfather began wine production in Wurzburg, Germany. This love of winemaking continues four generations later in the United States on their 100-acre winery in the Eola Hills near Salem, OR. With 35 years of winegrowing/making experience in OR, the Wetzels join a handful of wine pioneers with rare insights few can claim in the dynamic changing Willamette.
The annual production is intentionally small and committed to quality, while simultaneously offering an exceptional value. The majority of the production includes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. There is also a limited production of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Marechal Foch, Chardonnay, Ruby Port, Vin de Glace, and Gluhwein, a hot-spiced wine from an old family recipe.
This beautiful wine has peach, apricot and nectarine character that
emerge on the palate and continue through to the finish. The crisp
acid helps balance the touch of sweetness. I like the rippling acidity
in this wine - it expresses the qualities that a good riesling
Serve with spicy foods, dishes with fresh fruits, or chill a glass and watch the world go by.
A very floral and prominent citrus aroma appears at first sip. There is
also an accompanying creaminess that is light and pleasant. Hints of
nutmeg and clove along with baking spice aromas of cinnamon or allspice
create a very dry and light bodied wine. This Gewurztraminer has
enough flavor to stand up to ethnic foods such as Thai, Mexican, Indian
or Chinese dishes. Plenty of flavor to satisfy.
A stainless steel chardonnay, the wine exhibits floral and citrus notes, where the citrus leans more toward lemon zest, grapefruit or lime and the floral notes perhaps reflect some pear.
Pinot Noir Cellar Select
Red fruit characteristics in both flavor
and aroma, particularly raspberry,
cranberry, red cherry and even blueberry. Because of the predominance of
red fruits, there is a definite tangy quality in the flavor. This is a
light to medium bodied wine and has no harsh tannins, and a fairly
strong amount of acidity toward the finish. This firm acidity would make
for a fine pairing with any Italian food dishes.
Vin de Glace
For those of us who love sweet wines, or would rather have a glass of dessert wine instead of dessert. Made of Estate Chardonnay grapes that have been freezer-frozen, it is tantalizingly honeyed and has a delightful nectar-like quality.