The Burger family and winemaker Ariel Eberle celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 150-acre vineyard during 2023, and they continue to be among the few in the Willamette Valley to champion this too-often overlooked and unappreciated Burgundy variety. Eberle gets to work with blocks planted during the second decade of the vineyard — 1994 and 1999 — and while most of these two lots were fermented in stainless steel, three neutral barrels were used, as well as a once-filled puncheon. The diverse approaches in the cellar build fascinating aromas of fennel pollen, blanched almond and flannel behind the yellow fruit notes. Inside, it’s fruit-forward as nectarine and apricot lead the way, followed by secondary notes of flint and a finish of lemon and starfruit.
Rating: 89 points — Excellent
Production: 211 cases