Jon Bonne of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a piece about his time visiting Oregon for IPNC. In addition to highlighting Winderlea and a few others, we were pleased (but not surprised) to see Bonne highlight our most valued Indie advocate Jason Lett, who happens to be one of the festival’s founding winemakers.
About Lett, Bonne said, “the 2007 Eyrie Dundee Hills Reserve, from perhaps Oregon’s defining Pinot label, shows a beautiful, lighter mineral presence that gives me confidence in Jason Lett (son of founder David Lett) as he guides that house forward.”
Jason was at IPNC representing Eyrie Vineyards, a winery founded by his father “Pappa Pinot” David Lett, which he now leads in addition to his own small production label, BlackCap of Oregon. Some of you Indie fans may remember meeting Jason and sipping BlackCap 2003 Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir at the first ever Indie Wine Festival in 2005.
Bonne complimented a few other Oregon Pinots:
“In previewing the 2008s, there were ripe, subtle standouts from Bergstrom, Brooks, Patricia Green, Scott Paul, St. Innocent and the relatively new Winderlea, to name a few. All showed a lovely ripeness without sacrificing the foresty edge that Oregon can display.”
Read the rest of Bonne’s recap on the Chronicle’s website, and let us know what you think about Oregon Pinot standouts or IPNC. Here is the link: