A warm growing season got turned on it's head when a tropical storm far away in the Pacific dumped 6-7 inches of rain on the Valley just as fruit was getting ripe. After an intense 3 days of rain, the weather was clear and cold. Most fruit had 8-17 days to dry out before being picked, and while the wines show the impact of the rain, they are beautiful and among my favorites to drink (not unlike 2007). The Whistling Ridge is a rose garden over pomegranates, bing cherries and dry spices. The Bishop Creek aromatics have opened up but the palate still wants a couple of years. If you can wait until 2020-2023 these will be a treat. The Willamette Valley bottling is a wine that I think will really peak between 7-10 years.
The Fool's Journey Syrah/Viognier (still bottled under the Matello label) is a completely unique wine and quite compelling for the AFWE crowd. There is really nothing else like it, and for some it's an irresistible wine. For those preferring a more Eastern Oregon fruit presence, this is probably not going to be a wine you like...
Whites are stony and mineral in nature, but I recommend drinking them over the next 3-5 years. Whistling Ridge Blanc can go another decade.
*Under natural cork there is always a distinct amount of bottle variation. As the wines age, this variation becomes more distinct. Regarding the notes here, all wines have been tasted recently, but for all bottles YMMV. However, you will find Diam cork as our closure of choice beginning with the 2013 vintage red wines. Guaranteed TCA free and with a more consistent density, Diam is a huge improvement over traditional cork and I am really happy to be using it now.*