2015 ranks as the Willamette Valley's warmest viticultural vintage on record. The wines are appropriately robust, but have a liveliness and purity to them that belies the heat. Easily my favorite of the hot vintages. I find the 2015 vineyard designate Pinot Noirs to be delicious currently.
The Fir Crest is in an open place, ready for business. Floral and deep with clove and dark spice on the nose. Silky, purple without unctuousness, floral, refreshing yet comforting with none of the lean demand for more time that my young wines often open negotiations with. (Tasted again 3/15/19 and this continues to be correct)
The Whistling Ridge, is layered and just a great bottle of wine. However, I feel it has entered a phase where waiting is the best course of action. (Yup…3/15/19)
The Durant vineyard has opened up and is showing the richness, weight, and spice of a ripe vintage Dundee Hills pinot Noir. The old vines(43 years old) give it a subtlety and balance lacking in many ripe character wines.
All three of the single vineyards are wines that I am confident will last 10 to 15 years. The 2015 Willamette Valley is pretty and youthful, with structure and spiced red fruit. It’s complex and beautiful for an entry level wine, and while it will continue to improve, I have had two recent bottles, both beautiful right now.(Yes!)
The Heritage wines:#4 is delicious…Will it age 20 more years? Yes. but this is a great warm vintage wine and it’s showing really well right now. #5 meh…sometimes I hate Pinot Noir for how fickle it can be. Hold. #6 such great spice, such lovely silky texture, now is delicious, but no rush at all. Like the #4, this has long life but the warm vintage is giving it early windows for drinking.
The Syrah is delicious, elegant, with thyme and purple fruits on the nose. I like this now, it’s very fine, shows layers of flavor, but the 100% whole cluster will give the wine plenty of opportunity to evolve in the cellar.
Currently, I prefer the Chardonnays on day 2 after opening, but feel they will be best between 2020-2025. The Durant is richer with dense aromatics of the sea, orchards, and wheat/grain fields. The Richard's has a smokey nose, black tea abounds, it loads the sense with fruit, non-fruit, and hits a perfect balance between austere and sumptuous. Drink now to 2027. (but now is great)
The Whistling Ridge Blanc should reward patience, it’s remarkable now, but the best opportunity for a superlative experience will be between 2022-2025. Seriously, don't cheat yourself, this is something you should have and be sitting on for a few years.