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Tucked away in the fertile hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley, Namaste Vineyards limits its harvests to only the most perfectly formed fruit in order to cater to the persnickety palette of any captious connoisseur. Parched patrons have a choice between any wine produced on the vineyard: chardonnay, riesling, gewurztraminer, and two different clones of pinot noir, one identical and one fraternal. Always working by hand, and only with estate-grown fruit, these expert vintners offer a selection of whites, such as the 2007 Serenity chardonnay ($15), which tranquilizes the taste buds with hints of pears, honey, golden delicious apples, and clove spice. For those who can't resist the beck and call of crimson inebriants, Namaste hosts a bevy of red wines including the 2009 Abundance pinot noir ($24), a lighter wine with traces of red cherries and raspberries. Easy online ordering allows imbibers to have small-batch potables delivered straight to their door, or to the door of a neighbor as a chilling reminder to keep his wild grapes off your lawn.
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After sunset in the Willamette Valley, coastal breezes float along the verdant corridor and gently cool the grapes suspended from Namaste Vineyard's 30-year-old vines. These breezes help the fruit maintain vibrant and refreshing acidity, which characterizes the wines from Namaste's six estate vineyards, including pinot noir, chardonnay, and riesling. During harvest time, workers scrutinize each vine and handpick the most promising clusters for the winemaker, who only uses grapes grown in the winery's own vineyards, leaving the remaining grapes to use in jams or to dye the regal capes of the President of Oregon.
Typically featuring the products of 5–10 different bottlings at any given time, the tasting room's selection can include reds and whites as well as a white port made from oak-aged chardonnay and Clear Creek Distillery brandy. The single-vineyard pinot noirs balance their bright berry flavors with slightly peppery finishes, and the off-dry, stainless-steel-aged rieslings reverberate across taste buds with refreshing, pear-tinged acidity.