If you’re like me, you probably know Bryn Mawr as a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. Turns out it’s also a winery in Oregon. I always assumed Bryn Mawr was a person, but it’s actually a Welsh phrase that roughly translates to “high hill.” There’s no connection between the college and this winemaking operation, from which we investigate three current release bottlings forthwith.
2019 Bryn Mawr Riesling Estate Eola-Amity Hills – A surprisingly bright and gorgeous riesling, both sunny and acidic yet laden with fruit — lemon peel, grapefruit, and some green apple character — the floral notes of classic riesling are kept in check here, allowing the grape’s more effusive flavors to come to the surface. That works well for this low-abv offering, with expressive notes of guava lingering on the finish. This wine is a delight and downright impossible to put down. Stock up. A / $26
2018 Bryn Mawr Chardonnay Estate Eola-Amity Hills – A pleasant, mild chardonnay, with notes of green apple and butter cookies, its oak kept in check. Increasingly toasty with mild notes of vanilla emerging as the wine opens (and warms) up, lightly honeyed notes emerge on the finish, with hints of honeydew in the mix. Versatile and engaging throughout. A- / $40
2018 Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Estate Eola-Amity Hills – An approachable, moderately dense pinot noir, driven by black cherries, brambly blackberry, and some black tea notes. Touches of graphite and hints of tanned leather on the finish give the wine a certain austerity, particularly on the somewhat rough, lightly tannic finish, but when paired with a hearty meal the wine acquits itself fairly admirably. B+ / $40