While he’s been living and working in Walla Walla for nearly 25 years, Chris Dowsett grew up in the Willamette Valley wine industry and studied horticulture at Oregon State University. This bottling marks just the second vintage that the Buty winemaker has worked with Pommard clone Pinot Noir from his sister’s 12-acre vineyard, which was planted in 2000 along the Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail on Pete’s Mountain near the Willamette River. As one would expect from Pommard, it’s a big and rich expression of Pinot Noir featuring soft oak notes and dark fruit tones of cherry compote, blackberry and chocolate-covered blueberries. The structure is long, lush and rewarding. This exciting young Pinot Noir project earned the equivalent of a gold medal in Wine Press Northwest’s most recent tasting of Pinot Noir, the results of which appear in the Summer 2020 issue.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (14.5% alc.)
Cases produced: 130
Food pairings: Enjoy with poultry, roasted pork loin, salmon and soft cheeses.
Dowsett Family Winery
315 E. Cessna Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Great Northwest Wine