Nicholas Keeler, a rising star Oregon winemaker, makes pinot noirs and chardonnays under his Authentique Wine Cellars label … it won’t be long before Authentique joins the “cult” category of brilliant wines from Oregon.
I can confidently say Authentique is one of Willamette Valley’s great Pinot Noirs, and will only climb in enjoyability as it matures. Anyone searching for a top expression should jump on this; it’s a force to be reckoned with and one Burgundy aficionados should not – cannot – ignore.
This is a deeply memorable example of all that Oregon’s Willamette Valley is doing so right, and a wine that, whether you drink it now or in ten years, promises incredible pleasure. The Authentique Eola Springs Vineyard Heritage ’72 Block Pinot Noir 2016, from the Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA, practically vibrates in the glass with the potential not just of the appellation in general, but also the vision and skill of winemaker and owner Nicholas Keeler …
Nicholas Keeler of Authentique Wine Cellars is one of the most dynamic new producers coming out of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. A French wine barrel expert by trade, he expanded his love and hobby of making wine in 2011 when he produced his first pinot noir and chardonnay. He wanted to capture the essence of his family’s Demeter Biodynamic and stellar organic verified vineyard, Keeler Estate, which is planted on a southwest sloping hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.
As tastes shift towards wines of refinement, we’re happy to reveal this stunning (Authentique) Pinot Noir from a biodynamic vineyard wedged between two mountain ranges. Classically layered, perfectly-ripe Willamette Valley fruit that recalls Grand Cru wines of Côte de Nuits.
Authentique 2016 Keeler Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Authentique 2016 Eola Springs Vineyard Saint Augustine Pinot Noir (named one of the year’s Best Pinot Noirs)
Authentique 2016 Eola Springs Vineyard 1972 Heritage Block
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Authentique 2016 Eola Springs Vineyard Chardonnay
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