Erath produces a surfeit of wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, primarily pinot noirs. We were fortunate enough to try two of the winery’s single-vineyard pinot bottlings (of which there are at least a dozen in total), both from 2006.
2006 Erath Prince Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is a silky wine, rich with earth and ripe with tart fruit. It’s a little less evolved than perhaps it should be, but a curious coffee character on the finish make it difficult to put down. A- / $45
2006 Erath Leland Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is much racier, with lots of berry and some rosemary on the nose, and more fruit on the body. Easier to drink now, it’s got a little too much earth on the finish interfering with an otherwise very fruit-forward experience, but I can live with it. Easily, as it turns out. A- / $50
- Tasting Report: Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, SF Roadshow 2012
- Tasting Four Pinot Noirs from Benziger’s de Coelo and Signaterra Labels
- Retrospective: Handley Cellars Pinot Noir, 1993 to 2009 Vintages
- Tasting Report: Matanzas Creek Winery and Roessler Cellars 2012