Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2008 Pinot Noir Westside Block displays just a bit more layering, succulence, and length. Give it 2-3 years and drink it from 2013 to 2023. (Oct 2010)
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The search for the perfect Pinot Noir climate
Van Duzer Vineyards was built on a dream to find a cool weather site in Oregon for the fussy Pinot Noir grape that would rival the best wines of Burgundy in balance and finesse. In 1998, Van Duzer Vineyards owners Carl and Marilynn Thoma located a hilltop winery with existing vineyards immediately west of the Eola Hills. The estate site occupies a strategic site in the foothills of the Van Duzer Corridor, the conduit through the Coastal Mountains for maritime breezes that enter the Willamette Valley at the close of summer evenings.
The cool west wind gives Van Duzer label its meaning
Because Van Duzer Vineyards benefits uniquely from the western wind that flows strongly through the Van Duzer Corridor to the interior Willamette Valley, the winery selected a Zephyr, the gentle west wind of Greek mythology, to grace the wine label. According to Greek legend, Zephyr and other wind gods are commanded by Aeolus, king of the winds. Oregon’s famed Eola Hills wine region lies immediately to the east of Van Duzer Vineyards and is named for Aeolus.