Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

By on May 24, 2014

[© Marc Weisberg Photography Inc 2013The Chambers family history in the Oregon wine history began decades ago with Silvan Ridge before adding Panther Creek in 2005. Last year, they sold the Panther Creek brand as a result of the passing of longtime Eugene businesswoman Carolyn Chambers — Liz’s mother. However Michael Stevenson continues to serve as the winemaker for this new project in the now-former Panther Creek facility in downtown McMinnville. The debut release from renowned Freedom Hill Vineyard and Lazy River Vineyard is redolent with cranberry, cherry and cola, and includes touches of moist earth and saddle leather. Its food-friendly structure pushes acidity just ahead of the cherry-skin tannins. Young’s Market serves as the distributor in Oregon and Washington, but the wine also is available in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas and our nation’s capital. The bottles can be quickly identified by the striking blue butterfly on the label — a tribute to Carolyn.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,369 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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  1. […] Early on, however, Chambers appreciated the role of prime vineyards, which is even more critical at Elizabeth Chambers Cellars because of the laser-focus on Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. Her lineup includes vineyard designates from Freedom Hill, Lazy River and Shea. The label, which pays tribute to her late mother with a blue butterfly, debuts with the 2011 vintage, and the portfolio already has earned acclaim with the 2011 Winemaker’s Cuvee. […]

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