Winery to Watch 2016

Oregon: Winderlea

Bill Sweat

Former Bostonians Bill Sweat and Donna Morris bought the Goldschmidt Vineyard in 2006 and renamed it Winderlea. It’s a 20-acre mid-slope parcel in the Dundee Hills planted mostly to old-clone pinot noir, some dating back to 1974. They’ve tapped Leigh Bartholomew, who managed Archery Summit’s vineyards for 12 years, to farm their vines, and brought on consultant Philippe Armenier to help transition the estate to biodynamics. They also purchase fruit from other prized Dundee Hills sources, such as Maresh, Murto and Weber vineyards, as well as Shea, Hyland and Crawford Beck from farther afield in the Willamette Valley. In all, it’s a robust portfolio of pinot blanc, chardonnay and about a half-dozen vineyard-designated pinot noirs. Robert Brittan, former winemaker for Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa Valley, directs the winemaking; the 2013s we tasted this year stood out for their transparency and finesse, red-fruited purity of flavor.