Note: Nicholas exclusive first look on the East Coast. **This is a short vintage so this will be our first and last call.** 94 Points, James Suckling – 93 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
When I was at Lemelson a few years ago, they walked me through their one-of-a-kind gravity flow winery with a spider looking machine that looks like the movie Wild Wild West, and a three-story gravity flow operation that has the winemaking team walking up and down regularly to check on the state of things. It made me think that no winery can boast the kind of calves that Eric Lemelson and his team can.
It does make a difference in the wine though– no pumps, no machines, no additives — just the purest expression of Willamette Valley Pinot possible with virtually no human intervention. It’ll never pay off what it cost, but I’m pretty sure the Lemelson’s aren’t worried– the payout is in the finished product.
After my tour, I was treated to a tasting of the white flight followed by the reds. They really make some fantastic estate grown wines. My favorite of the bunch came early in the Red flight, a flawless Pinot Noir that I was told was called Thea’s Selection. It was an absolute knockout, outclassing many of their single-vineyard bottlings (an observation I chose not to share with their winemaker, Matt Wengel) – though he could easily tell how much I liked it.
Released at $35/bottle, the Thea’s Selection Pinot Noir is arguably the most well known in Lemelson’s impressive collection. It’s made from a blend of all seven 100% organic certified estate vineyards, spread across arguably the two best wine AVAS in the state, Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton. A constant 92+ point getter, it’s graced Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list twice in its short existence and with its newest 94-point score, it may soon make a return.
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94 Points, James Suckling
Aromas of ripe red cherry, plum, black tea, and a hint of lavender. Medium-bodied with fine, silky tannins. Bright acidity articulates the red fruit and berries with clarity and drive. Fresh cream at the finish. A total delight.
93 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
“Fruit for this wine comes from all seven of the winery’s estate vineyards. Freshly ground cinnamon, cumin, mineral and black-cherry aromas lead to a palate that is well-delineated and juicy. There’s plenty of structure wrapped around it all. It’s gorgeous. Best after 2024.”
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