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2014 "The Perfect Harvest"
having all the required or desirable elements, qualities or characteristics as good as it is possible to be.
What a wild ride the last two years have been! 2013 was hot and dry
until an early wet fall abruptly brought harvest to a rushed
conclusion. The wines are ripe and beautifully fresh. And now 2014,
again another warm dry year that is recorded as the hottest on record.
The growing season started with a dry winter, lovely spring, hot dry
summer and glorious fall weather. In other words it was just about as
"perfect" as possible. We started bringing in fruit on September 11th from Palmer Creek and Zivo Vineyards in the Eola Hills. Our Pinot Noir
at Shea Vineyards was picked on the 17th, (marking the 10th year we have
made wine from one of the most respected vineyards in Oregon). During
that week we brought in fruit from from Zenith Vineyards in the Eola
Hills and Sunny Mountain Vineyards in the Monroe area. Our vineyard was
finished on the 22nd of September.
All wines were in barrel by October 8th. We are very excited with two
new vineyard additions to the Broadley line up... Pinot Noir from Zivo
and Chardonnay from Dennison in the Eola Hills.
We believe, (and think other winemakers would agree), that 2014
will go down as a "perfect vintage." A bountiful crop of great wine.
This year will be known as a vintage of a near
perfect growing season that ended with a typical Oregon
harvest weather. The 2013 was the warmest year since
2009 which was interrupted with a cool and sometimes wet
At Broadley Vineyards harvest began September 19th,
bringing in grapes from Shea Vineyards near the town of
Yamhill, Palmer Creek in the Eola Hills and our own vineyard in Monroe. We finished our vineyard, picking
the Claudia's Choice, Marcile Lorraine, and Jessica
sections on the 26th and 27th of September before
record rains struck the Northwest.
Thirty years of wine making experience came in handy
when presented with such an unusual harvest. As we are
filling up our barrels, we are more than happy to report
the 2013 wines are beautiful and dark, with well
balanced long ripe flavors.
"Prince of Pinot" gives Broadley great review!
2012 Broadley Vineyards Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 800 cases, $30. A
blend of Pommard, Wädenswil, 115, 667 and 777 clones. 100% de-stemmed. Wild yeast
fermentation, 12-18 days in stainless steel fermenters, aged 12 months in 15% new and 85% 1 to 2-
year-old Francois Frères barrels. Previously reviewed March 29, 2014 with consistent and even
better results. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Scintillating aromas of black
raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, spice, violets, oak and a hint of roseate scent. Intensely
flavored and plush on the palate with a full-on charge of sweet boysenberry and red and black
raspberry fruits complimented by oak highlights. Very seamless, with soft tannins and plenty of energy,
finishing with good intensity. Much more expressive now than when previously tasted 5 months ago. Score: 91
2012 Broadley Vineyards Marcile Lorraine Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.7% alc., 150 cases, $50. A blend of primarily Wädenswil and
some Pommard from a distinct block of the estate vineyard. 30% whole
cluster, wild yeast fermentation in open top oak fermenter for 14-21 days.
Aged 14-18 months 40% new and 60% neutral Taransaud barrels
(tighter-grained, low toast). · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the
glass. Similar aromatic and flavor profile as the Estate bottling but with
more structure, more sophistication and a longer finish. Highly enjoyable
now, with impressive mid palate intensity, defining tannins, juicy acidity,
the slightest oak overlay, and a very long finish filled with plenty of Pinot
goodness. Score: 93
2012 Broadley Vineyards Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 50 cases, $59. A
barrel selection consisting of a 50/50 blend of Zenith and Shea vineyards. 30% whole cluster, aged in
30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Intoxicating aromas
of dark berries, spice and floral perfume. A full-bodied charmer that floods the mouth with well-ripened
black cherry and dark berry fruit accented with spice, and supported by firm, balanced tannins. Despite
its fruit load, the wine is bright and refreshing and has the structure to age. A big boy wine that is flat out
delicious. Score: 94
2012 Broadley Vineyards Zenith Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 150 cases, $30. A blend of Pommard and Wädenswil clones. Sourced from 2 acres of
the vineyard custom planted for the Broadley Winery on “Block One” of this historic site which dates
back to 1982. 30% whole cluster, fermented in open-top oak fermenter for 14-21 days. Aged 12
months in 30% new and 70% neutral Francois Frères barrels. · Dark reddish purple hue in the glass.
Plenty to like about this wine that has both aromatic and flavor appeal. Scents of dark cherries,
spice and floral goodness lead to a middleweight core of sweet dark cherry and berry fruits
complimented by a hint of cedary oak. Admirable balance and some finishing length complete the picture. Score: 91
2012 Broadley Vineyards Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc. 250 cases, $50 (sold
out at winery). Clones 777 and Wädenswil from blocks 11 and
19. 100% de-stemmed, wild yeast fermentation in 3-ton open-top
Taransaud wood fermenter for 14-21 days. Aged 12 months in
30% new and 70% neutral Francois Frères barrels. · Superlatives
can’t do this wine justice. Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass.
Alluring aromas of black cherry, plum and exotic spice. Intense and
mouth filling with layers of amazingly pure red and purple fruits, wellspiced,
and matched with fine, mouth coating tannins. Sturdy on the
palate, yet bright, succulent and juicy. The haunting finish is remarkably
long, returning with waves of pleasure. Even better when tasted several
hours later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle indicating long-term potential. Heaven sent. Score: 95
($50) Vivid ruby-red. Explosive spice- and
mineral-tinged cherry and black raspberry scents are
complemented by cola, potpourri and woodsmoke. Shows
excellent depth and power but comes off as surprisingly
lithe, offering intense red and dark berry flavors given
spine by juicy acidity. Fine-grained tannins shape the
finish, which clings with superb intensity and alluring
($50) Brilliant red. The nose displays smoke- and
mineral-accented red berry and floral pastille aromas with
suggestions of mint, anise and Asian spices. Silky and
precise on the palate, offering gently sweet raspberry and
spicecake flavors that deepen with aeration. Shows
excellent clarity and focus on the incisive finish, which
features supple tannins and a hint of cola.
($38) Brilliant ruby. Expressive scents of blackberry
and cherry, with a smoky nuance and a touch of Asian
spices adding complexity. Smooth and velvety on the
palate, showing an array of red and dark berry flavors
lifted by spice and mineral flourishes. A smooth,
fruit-driven finish features fine-grained tannins,
repeating spiciness and a lingering suggestion of cola.
($30) Brilliant ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry,
cola and allspice, plus a hint of medicinal cherry. Offers juicy dark berry and spicecake flavors that open
up with air and pick up a hint of smokiness. Shows a
suave blend of richness and vivacity, finishing with
strong cut, supple tannins and resonating spiciness.
($25) Full ruby. Ripe cherry and boysenberry aromas are
lifted by a hint of peppery spices. Fleshy and seamless,
offering intense dark berry flavors underscored by a
subtle mineral quality. Emphatically fruity pinot with
very good finishing cling, repeating spiciness and soft,
harmonious tannins. Outstanding value here.
Now you can regularly receive special Broadley Vineyards wine selections twice a year, hand- chosen from The Broadley Family Cellar, delivered directly to your family cellar.
You will receive two shipments of 3 bottles each year of wines specially selected by Craig, Claudia, Morgan, and Jessica. This will include a "best-barrel bottling," club only release. Every shipment will be different, but the price to you will not exceed $150 per shipment (shipping fees & state taxes not included). All wines chosen will be available only to members at the exclusive Family Cellar price.
You will also enjoy special case discounts, no tasting fees at our future open houses, and invitations to our special "club only" events! Go to the Wine Club Page and fill out our online form or print the pdf and mail into the winery today (25158 Orchard Tract Rd., Monroe, OR 97456 - mailing address).
Click here to see the updated "when to drink list." Although we believe optimal drinking time is very subjective, these are our suggestions of when the best time to drink Broadley Vineyards wines. They are of course, subject to change!