Oregon’s LifeVine wines should be rightfully commended for their commitment to full and unapologetic transparency, with their website declaring their line pesticide-free, organic, and sugar-free. LifeVine is one of the first wine brands to post both serving facts and full ingredients on its label. It’s also keto-friendly, lab tested for any contaminants and over 200 pesticides, and is the recipient of the Purity Award from the Clean Label Project. In short: They genuinely care about you and the wine you’re drinking. And if a healthy lifestyle is your thing, this is about as healthy as it can get while drinking alcohol.
2021 LifeVine Chardonnay – A traditional, straight-ahead Chardonnay from California, with heavy green apple and melon notes complementing a slight minerality coming up on the palate. A slight touch of cream makes a brief cameo on the finish, which otherwise presents a clean finish full of melon and lemon zest. Well-balanced and lively, but a straightforward and safe offering. B+ / $20
2021 LifeVine Pinot Noir – A bit of an odd duck as far as pedigree: grapes from Chile vinted and bottled in Oregon. Lots of fruit on the nose and palate – strawberry, blueberry, and plum. Easy drinking but surprisingly dry on the finish, which pivots slightly from being fruit-forward with a hint of oregano and some mild tannins. An interesting bottle, but it needs a bit of time decanting, so go do something promoting a healthy lifestyle leading to a better you, and then come back 20 to 30 minutes later. B / $20