Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvée, Maysara Winery, McMinnville AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2008, 13.5% abv., US$35

Back what seems to be a lifetime ago, when the border with the US was open, and we ventured out on a 35 day driving tour, we stopped in at one of my perennial Willamette Valley favourites, Maysara Winery.

A biodynamic, family run enterprise, Maysara produces some of Oregon’s loveliest Pinot Noirs – as well as Pinot Blancs and a Gris or two.   We’ve been there a few times, and every time I find Maysara wines, I make sure to slip them into the shopping cart.

For Christmas dinner during Covid 2020, I opened this Pinot that we’d bought in 2019 during our driving tour.

Twelve years in bottle meant it needed a little time to unwind before we enjoyed it with turkey and all the trimmings.

A translucent garnet, it had deep aromas and flavours of Byng cherry, dried cranberry, pomegranate, plum, mint, light umami, softly grainy tannins, and a long finish.

When the world gets back to some semblance of normal, I’ll have to stop by Maysara and stock up again.


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6 Responses to Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvée, Maysara Winery, McMinnville AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2008, 13.5% abv., US$35

  1. Lisa Denning says:

    I never heard of this winery. Will have to see if I can find the wines. Thanks for sharing!

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    • winellama says:

      I’ve had several of their wines now – four are reviewed on winellama. I first found out about them from a footnote in a book on US wines where Jancis Robinson had remarked about how amazing their story and wines were – and they hadn’t even known they’d been mentioned in the book. If you ever get a chance to go there, you need to go inside their huge storage area because it’s a remarkable building – the father and founder of the winery is a civil engineer by training and his truss work is incredible!

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  2. Sandra Germyn says:

    Pinot noir ….perfect with turkey dinner….ours was a 2015 from Venturi Schultz

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  3. William Neilson says:

    Hi Lindsay:

    These postings tend to remind us of a very special motor trip some 7 years ago!



    Sent from my iPad


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