Erath Winery 2010 Battle Creek Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $50

By on June 4, 2013

Erath WineryBattle Creek Vineyard is owned by Precept Wine in Seattle and was its first estate vineyard in Oregon. It was planted in 2000 and is home to 110 acres of vines, not far from Willamette Valley Vineyards south of Salem. This is a superb example of a mid-Willamette Valley wine, with aromas of rose petals, blueberry, red currant, moist eary, spice and lime zest. On the palate, it offers flavors of high-toned red fruit, not unlike what we might enjoy from the Dundee Hills, including cranberry, cherry and pomegranate. There’s a certain amount of richness on the midpalate, along with right-on acidity and fine-grained – dare we say, silky – tannins that lead to a gentle, memorable finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 224 cases

Alcohol: 13%


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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.


  1. robert

    June 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I’m confused. Erath is owned by Chateau Ste Michele. They are buying grapes from Precept?

    • Andy Perdue

      June 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm


      Good question. Ste. Michelle doesn’t own any vineyards in Oregon, just Erath Winery. Thus, it buys all the grapes it uses from various growers. Precept happens to be a significant grape grower in Oregon.

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