The remarkably giving 2018 vintage provided Oregon State grad Andy McVay a wide assortment of lots to choose from among the five sites that Dobbes Family Estat works with throughout the Willamette Valley, including their 214-acre SeaBreeze Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. This bottling also marks the 10th anniversary of McVay’s association with founder Joe Dobbes. The nose showcases purple fruit tones of plum, black cherry, dried blueberry, black pepper and clove from the 10 months in a program of 23% new French oak. There’s richness to that ripe purple fruit, making for an easy drink with a nibble of blueberry skin tannins in the finish. Suggested pairings include cedar-planked salmon, smoked ham or soft and mild cheese.
Production: 2,500 cases