Ayres Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Ayres Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir


Country: United States

State: Oregon

Subregion: Willamette Valley

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

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Just a little over 26 miles southwest of Portland is the town of Newberg, where the Ayres winery is located.  Founded by Brad and Kathleen McElroy in 2000, the 38 acre homestead and vineyard started as a pipe dream, as Brad had owned a wine shop in Kansas City, but returned from a trip to the Oregon International Pinot Noir festival in 1997 with a gleam in his eyes.  The gleam became a packed Subaru Outback, and the McElroys found themselves in Oregon without a proper home.  But the 38 acre property presented itself in 2000, and the McElroys and Kathleen's parents split the purchase- laying the foundation for a winery dedicated to their favorite grape.

The Ayres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a cuvee- blended between estate grown grapes from their own Ribbon Ridge vineyard's southeastern slope and as well as fruit from their Yamhill-Carlton vineyard. With notes of blackberries and bright summer cherries, this remarkable little cuvee is the perfect Pinot Noir for those looking for a good introduction to what Oregon, especially Willamette, has to offer.