Founded in 1993 with the 1st vines planted the vines for the Ridgecrest vineyard back in 1982 Chehalem under the guidance of Harry Peterson-Nedry and his daughter & winemaker Wynne was recently named to 1 of 20 “Oregon Wineries to Know” in a recent issue of The Wine Spectator. In addition to sourcing grapes from Ridgecrest vineyard, Chehalem uses grapes from their Coral Creek and Stoller vineyards for vineyard designate bottling’s along with their 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir.
The 2010 3 vineyard is Burgundian in style with well-balanced toasted oak, bright red fruit along with cinnamon & spice. Using sustainable practices from start to finish Chehalem and all of the growers experience several weather extremes in the ’10 growing season including an Indian summer which led to a late harvest for Pinot Noir. Despite the challenges of the vintage, the 5,288 cases produced earned 90 points in the Dec. 15, 2012 issue of The Wine Spectator w/ single vineyard bottling’s scoring higher. Retailing for about $30 this Pinot would pair well with salmon, duck and fowl and easy eating beef. www.chehalemwines.com/