Ratings of Our 2009 Vintage
2009 Et Fille Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir:
Wine Spectator, 92:
"Supple in texture, this is transparent enough to reveal lovely cherry, blueberry, black tea and spice flavors, lingering effortlessly on the harmonious finish. Shows intensity and elegance. Drink now through 2017"
Wine Advocate, 91:
"an alluring bouquet of smoke, Asian spices, floral notes, and red fruits. On the palate it exhibits layered flavors, good density for the vintage, an elegant personality, and considerable complexity. This nicely proportioned effort has enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years and provide pleasure through 2019."
PinotFile, Vol. 8,Issue 32:
"Subdued, primary aromas of spice, violets, cut flowers and mint. Some very alluring dark red cherry and berry fruit peeks out showing impressive grip, focus and length. Still helter-skelter with fine-grain tannins to the front. All silk and satin on the palate. Like a new Louis Vuitton purse: you need to break it in before showing it off. Will come around sooner than the 2008s, but needs another year or two. Excellent the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good."
2009 Et Fille Wines Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir
Wine Advocate, 91:
"combines elegance with exceptional complexity and length for the vintage. Give it 1-2 years to fully blossom and drink it through 2019."
PinotFile- "A young, but sophisticated wine, with a stunning array of black cherry, red currant, and red plum flavors robed in immature tannins. The pedigree of the fruit is obvious...A powerhouse that is impenetrable and not ready for prime time. Like a new pair of Christian Louboutin shoes: able to attract plenty of attention."
Portland Monthly Magazine, Sept. 2011...Best 50 Wines of Oregon
"#35, The storied Maresh Vineyard has been producing quality pinot noir grapes since 1984, and continues to lend the balanced strength of old vines to Et Fille's 2009 vintage. Bright tannins draw out flavors of red cherries, black currants, and plums."
Ponzi Wine Bar, Dundee, Oregon:
"Here’s another stellar example of luscious Pinot Noir that relied on the winemaker’s deft control of a really hot summer that overpowered many lesser attempts. Key here is a two palate system where father and daughter (Howard and Jessica) each provide their own perspective in every step of the process...
our fondness for this one revolves around the balance of strength and elegance that is so precious in a vintage like ’09."
2009 Et Fille Wines Palmer Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
Wine Advocate, 90:
"notes of cedar, vanillin, cinnamon, and black cherry leading to a concentrated, savory, ripe, balanced offering that will provide enjoyment over the next 6-8 years."
2009 Et Fille Wines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Oregon WIne Awards, 2012: Gold
BLUSH, naked. Blog, Nov 3, 2011:
"Together We Shall Rule The Galaxy as Father and Daughter* Et Fille 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley. Oregon Pinot Noir is a classic Thanksgiving pairing, and at this price its hard to find a better 2009. Using a blend of fruit from multiple premium vineyards, father/daughter wine making team Howard Mozeico and Jessica Mozeico-Blair have crafted a Pinot that is silky-smooth while still maintaining it's bright acidity. The harmonious balance and gorgeous mouthfeel are two qualities we've found lacking in other 2009 Willamette Valley Pinots (it was a very hot year). Fresh pipe tobacco and blackberry jump out of the glass while rich baking spice coats the palate. It's a stand-out stuffing and turkey wine, rich enough for dark meat but light and fresh enough for light, and it's got enough body to stand up to any other meat on the table."
2009 Et Fille Viognier Deux Vert Vineyard
Palate Press, Wine of the Week July 10, 2011...
"Clear, medium intensity straw yellow. Clean nose with medium intensity aromas of honeysuckle, orange zest, baked yellow apples, pear, and clean linen sheets. Dry on the palate with medium acidity, full body, and flavors of apple, pear, white flowers, sweet hay, honeycomb and orange tea. Long finish. Pair with a summer salad dressed in an orange-fennel vinaigrette. Highly recommended."
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