Winery of the Day: Ayres 2-18-17


Proud Oregon Tradition

Ayres Willamette Valley 2015Down to earth: Ayres grows and makes wines in the true Oregon tradition. From certified-sustainable viticulture in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, to hands-off winemaking (learned at Domaine Drouhin Oregon), and extremely reasonable pricing, Ayres represents Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with respect. The Lewis Rogers Lane and Perspective cuvees satisfy that plump red/blue fruit craving, while the Pioneer gives a deeper, darker taste. Meanwhile, to keep it bright, fresh, and under $20 a bottle, the Willamette Valley 2015 already drinks wonderfully. Pick one, two, or all four to taste and we’re sure you’ll add Ayres to your list of favorite Oregon producers. They’re definitely one of ours.

Ayres Lewis Rogers Lane Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 750ML ($34.95) Buy Now: $29 special
James Suckling 93 points “A linear and fresh pinot with firm yet soft tannins and a savory and fruity finish. Subtle and racy. Drink or hold.”
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 91 points “Vivid red. A perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherry and blackberry, and notes of rose and cola build in the glass. Sappy and seamless on the palate; zesty acidity provides lift and spine to bitter cherry and dark berry skin flavors. Shows very good depth as well as vivacity and finishes with solid, fruity punch and supple tannins that sneak in slowly to add shape.”

Ayres Perspective Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 750ML ($29.95) Buy Now: $26 special
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 91 points “Bright red. Spice-tinged cherry, boysenberry and violet aromas show very good clarity and lift. Smooth and juicy on the palate, offering sweet red and blue fruit flavors and a building suggestion of spicecake. Fleshy and forward, delivering powerful closing thrust, even tannins and a suave floral pastille nuance that lingers on the finish.”

Ayres Pioneer Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($39.95) Buy Now: $33 special
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 93 points “Brilliant red. Powerful, mineral-tinged cherry and dark berry scents, along with a hint of candied rose in the background. Fleshy and broad on entry and then tighter in the midpalate, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors that become more energetic and sweeter as the wine opens up. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the floral-driven, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves a sappy dark berry note behind.”

Ayres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $19 special
Winery note “A wine that is as kind to your wallet as it is to your meal.  Dollar for dollar, the richest Willamette Valley wine you will find!  There is plenty of our Ribbon Ridge estate fruit in this bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir!”