Reviews from respected wine critics for our inaugural 2021 vintage. 2021 was a great vintage and we look forward to finishing bottling of our 2022s next year and releasing over the course of 2024.
Eila Wines is Peter Sturn’s new project in the Willamette Valley, producing small quantities of chardonnay and pinot noir. 2021 is his first vintage and his chardonnay from this year was sourced from the Van Oehsen Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The wine is barrel-fermented in older Burgundy barrels and puncheons, with the wine aged in forty-two percent new oak, from one Damy puncheon used in conjunction with the Burgundy casks. The wine tips the scales at 12.7 percent alcohol in 2021 and offers up a pretty, gently reductive nose of pear, apple, almond, iodine, lovely soil tones, apple blossoms and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and still tightly-knit, with good depth at the core, lovely soil undertow, bouncy acids and fine focus and grip on the long and well-balanced finish. This is certainly tasty now, but there is more here to unfold if given a bit of bottle age. 2023-2035.91+ John Gilman, View From the Cellar (issue #106 July-August 2023)
A brilliant straw color, the 2021 Chardonnay Willamette Valley offers up an elegant, medium-bodied, Chablis-like character with notes of fresh white flowers, lemon pith, gun flint, and fresh pear. The palate is soft in texture, with a refreshing, balanced feel and a clean, even finish. Drink 2023-202891 Audrey Frick, Jeb Dunnuck (2021 Willamette Valley and Oregon Round-up 9/19/23)
Medium lemon in colour. Neutral, stony nose with subtle green-apple and lemon aromatics. The palate has high driving acidity and a creamy texture with a whisper of vanilla. Finishing with flavours of lemon yogurt.16 (Distinguished) Samantha Cole-Johnson, Jancis Robinson (7/3/23)
The wine’s aromatic duo of lemon verbena and chamomile is flanked by notes of toasted filberts and butter. Grilled lemon and peach flavors dominate on the palate, along with more butter and a trace of sea salt. Elevated acidity and a crackly texture make this Chardonnay a lively sip.92 Michael Alberty, Wine Enthusiast (December 2023 issue)
Video Review95 James Melendez, James The Wine Guy
2021 are the first wines made at Peter Sturn’s Eila Wines. Peter used cellar space at Lingua Franca for winemaking and aging of these wines. Peter’s 2021 Indigo bottling was made from grapes purchased from Witness Tree Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The wine included just under forty percent whole clusters and was raised in forty percent new French oak, with the vintage tipping the scales at 13.1 percent octane. The wine offers up a lovely bouquet of black cherries, pomegranate, raw cocoa, woodsmoke, a lovely base of soil and a stylish framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a good core of sappy fruit, ripe, well-integrated tannins and a long, well balanced and promising finish. This will need some cellaring time to soften up its backend tannins, but it will be a lovely bottle in due course. 2031-207591+ John Gilman, View From the Cellar (issue #106 July-August 2023)
The most brooding and ripe of the three Pinot Noirs, the 2021 Pinot Noir Indigo is an inky black-ruby and offers with notes of scorched, tarry earth, boysenberry and blue fruit, and candied violets. Full-bodied, with ripe tannins that build as the fruit dissipates, it’s packed with notes of dusty earth and meaty fruit and has a coating mouthfeel. It’s opulent and ripe, with a warming hint on the finish. Drink it over the next few years. 2023-2026 90 Audrey Frick, Jeb Dunnuck (2021 Willamette Valley and Oregon Round-up 9/19/23)
Pale ruby with a purple hue. Lactic and black-fruited with black cherry and plum. It’s very structured and grippy for a Pinot Noir – a touch rough but with weight, extraction, body and enough acid to keep it in line. 16 (Distinguished) Samantha Cole-Johnson, Jancis Robinson(7/3/23)
Video Review94 James Melendez, James The Wine Guy
Peter Sturn preferred to create “cuvée names” for his various bottlings of pinot noir, rather than label them by the vineyards that the wines were made from, as he was uncertain if he would move around sourcing grapes in the future and this made labeling paperwork far less complicated. His 2021 Scarlet Pinot Noir is crafted from grapes he purchased from Prophet Vineyard in Eola- Amity Hills. The wine is a touch riper than the Indigo bottling, coming in at 13.6 percent alcohol this year and was fermented using twenty-five percent whole clusters; élevage was done in twenty percent new oak. The bouquet is deep and sappy, wafting from the glass in a mix of black plums, black cherries, a nice touch of sweet stem tones, woodsmoke, dark soils, coffee bean and a gentle framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and nicely sappy on the attack, with a good core and soil undertow, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and beautifully balanced finish. This is still a young wine and needs bottle age, but it will be another fine wine once it is ready to drink. 2030-2075+.92 John Gilman, View From the Cellar (issue #106 July-August 2023)
Taking on a much darker ruby-purple hue, the 2021 Pinot Noir Scarlet reveals notes of anise, lavender, and blackberry, followed on the palate by a pure red with medium to full body, ripe tannins, and wonderful freshness. With its great energy and supple, attractive feel, it should have a fair bit of longevity over the coming 5-7 years. 2023-203092 Audrey Frick, Jeb Dunnuck (2021 Willamette Valley and Oregon Round-up 9/19/23)
Pale ruby in colour. A plush dark-fruited nose with baked black plum, black cherry and cinnamon. The palate is spicy with elevated amounts of soft acidity, fine-grained tannins and black-walnut bitters adding structure and chew to a moderate finish.16 (Distinguished) Samantha Cole-Johnson, Jancis Robinson (7/3/23)
The Scarlet is a great introduction to a new winery that showed great potential with its 2021 vintage. A loamy soil aroma offers a bit of earth on the nose, joined by red cherry and lemon citrus notes. Tart red raspberries dominate a palate filled with tiny bits of orange zest and wet stones, all backed by nervy acidity and firm tannins. Enjoy now until 2032.92 Cellar Selection, Michael Alberty, Wine Enthusiast (December 2023 issue)
Video Review95 James Melendez, James the Wine
The 2021 Pinot Noir “Violet” from Eila Wines was made from grapes sourced from the higher elevation Le Cadeau Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The vineyard is planted to a fairly wide diversity of different clones. Peter picked these grapes on September 22nd and fermented the wine with roughly twenty-five percent whole clusters and raised the wine in one quarter new oak. The wine is the most red fruity in personality of these three Eila pinots, offering up a complex nose of cherries, red plums, a lovey touch of fresh herb tones from the whole clusters, peonies, gamebird, a lovely base of soil and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is bright, fullbodied and tangy, with a beautiful core of fruit, excellent soil signature and grip, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and impeccably balanced finish. This is the most aromatically complex of these three Eila pinots out of the blocks, and interestingly, is also the lowest octane, tipping the scales at a svelte 12.6 percent. 2031-2075+92 John Gilman, View From the Cellar (issue #106 July-August 2023)
Medium ruby-red, the 2021 Pinot Noir Violet is the brightest and most high-toned of the wines presented and is ripe with black raspberry compote, smoky cedar, and loads of dark, stemmy spices. Supple and rounded, the palate is ripe and approachable, with notes of baked red plum and earthy porcini on the finish. It’s a charming wine to drink over the next several years. 2023-202690 Audrey Frick, Jeb Dunnuck (2021 Willamette Valley and Oregon Round-up 9/19/23)
Pale ruby in colour. Elevated intensity of juicy, fresh orange and tangerine citrus on the nose with ripe strawberry and rose-like floral character. Lively and driven acidity with low levels of fine, sandy tannins. Moderately long, fresh finish, with lingering flavours of orange peel.16 (Distinguished) Samantha Cole-Johnson, Jancis Robinson (7/3/23)
The Violet is funky but chic. Loamy soil and savory meat pie aromas join forces with notes of boysenberries and raspberry-flavored drinking vinegar. The wine’s ripe blackberry flavor is complemented by bits of sage, black tea and lemon. Zippy acidity and a brisk mouthfeel.91 Michael Alberty, Wine Enthusiast (December 2023 issue)
Video Review95 James Melendez, James the Wine Guy
Q: Will minors be allowed once Covid-19 restrictions subside?
A: Minors will not be allowed on the property going forward. We are offering a new tasting experience format from now on, with full-service garden seating only. As this is not a favorable environment for children, we have chosen to preserve our quiet setting as a place for adults only. Infants of 12 months and younger ( non-mobile ) are welcome with parents.
Q: Will dogs be allowed back on the property in the future?
A: We highly recommend booking an appointment with the following dog walking service for your reservation time, as we no longer accommodate pets: Rover.
Q: Will parties larger than four (4) be allowed once Covid-19 restrictions subside?
A: No. To preserve the quiet intimacy of our new reserved tasting format, we are scheduling for parties of 1 to 4 people maximum per group.
Q: Can we split our party into two to fit the seating guidelines?
A: No. As our tasting appointments are full-service, guided, and seated experiences, we do not accommodate larger parties broken up into separate tables.
Q: Do members still get complimentary tastings?
A: Yes. Each member receives eight (8) complimentary “Classic Tastings” per year. Reservations are required.
Q: Can members offer their complimentary tastings to their guests?
A: Yes. Members can utilize their complimentary tastings any way they wish. Use them at each season’s new releases, or share them with your guests at any reserved Classic Tasting visit.
Q: Can members bring guests to enjoy a walk-in table?
A: Yes. One (1) person in the group must be a member—Max 4 people per membership with each walk-in. No fee for walk-in. Just your bottle or glass purchase.
Q: Can two separate members bring guests and all sit together for a walk-in?
A: As long as the groups’ total party number is a maximum of four (4) people, yes. For groups larger than four, separate tables will be offered and may not be near one another. We will try our best to accommodate closeness, but not guaranteed.
Q: Can I sign up for the Club at the time of my arrival to enjoy walk-in privileges?
A: No. To be loyal to our established members, we politely decline on-site sing-up due to already limited seating available. * On-site sign-up is welcomed and encouraged after you have experienced a tasting with us.
Q: Do members receive any complimentary samples when they opt for a walk-in table?
A: Yes. However, due to the already limited seating available and a full-service experience, we do ask our members to purchase a glass or bottle for garden seating. Once seated, we will spoil our members with some samples of our newest releases. This is not a traditional tasting, but a few samples, aka – an “abbreviated tasting.”
Q: Must I purchase a glass or bottle to enjoy the garden as a member?
A: Yes. For all walk-in tables, members are asked to purchase a glass or bottle. Your 20% off will go towards all wine purchases, including glasses of wine. Want an entirely free experience? We simply ask you to book a reservation and utilize your complimentary tastings with our “Classic or Flagship Tasting Experiences. “
Q: How far in advance do I need to make a reservation?
A: We release reservations monthly at this time. (i.e., Reservations for August will most likely open up the first week of July. ) Reservations for “Classic Tastings” book up about 1-2 weeks in advance. The “Flagship Experience” books up approximately one week in advance. Remember to sign up for the waitlist on Tock or opt for a member walk-in table.
Q: I am a member, and I still have to pay a fee on Tock. Why?
A: Yes. All members and non-members must pay the tasting fee on Tock, as it is a separate operating system and does not register that you are a member. For the Classic or Flagship tastings, Members get this fee refunded back to their card according to their membership benefits. The Blue Door fee is refunded as a credit towards your wine purchase on the day of your visit. The Tock fee helps eliminate no-shows.
Q: If I purchase wine as a member after enjoying a classic tasting experience, do I still lose that complimentary tasting?
A: No. Keep your complimentary tasting for another time, as each four (4) bottle purchase on the day of your visit waives one (1) tasting fee.
Q: Can we bring picnic food?
A: For our walk-in, Blue door, or Classic Tasting experiences, we welcome you to bring food. Pack-in-pack-out. Syncline Winery is not offering food for purchase. Our Flagship tasting does come with small pre-packaged snacks, and as this experience is more in-depth, we ask that if any food is brought, let it be enjoyed after the tasting when you are seated in the garden.
Q: What is the Flagship Experience, and do members get to use their complimentary tastings for a Flagship Experience?
A: If you would like to take a deep dive into your wine journey, learn about our history from vineyard to bottle, and have an exclusive tasting with a vineyard tour, this is the one for you. Join us for a 2-hour experience. It includes a stroll to the upper vineyard, tastes of our library selections, current wine selections, and in-depth wine knowledge from one of our top educators. 6 and 12 bottle members do receive one (1) complimentary tasting a year. ( Sign up 1-6 max of your closest friends to enjoy this experience with you. ) Reservations are needed in advance. 2 and 4 bottle members, along with non-members, must reserve online, with a max of two (2) people per party.
Q: Will your hours extend once Covid-19 restrictions subside?
A: No. We are officially Open Friday – Sunday 12-5 pm. We are available for wine sales to go during these hours. The last walk-in seating is at 4 pm. The last tasting reservation is 3:30 pm.