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Illahe Vineyards and Winery

Illahe Vineyards and Winery ILLAHE is a local word that has been used to describe “land” for centuries in Oregon and the Northwest. The Chinook Jargon word appears from Canada to California, sometimes meaning “earth” or “place” or “soil.” It is comparable to the French word terroir, and, in a sense, is the Northwest’s word for terroir.


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3275 Ballard Road, Dallas, OR, US, 97338 Email:
Phone: 503-831-1248 Web:
Fax: 503-831-1237
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Hugh Johnson felt that this wine should be drunk before being bottled, but we enjoy age on our grüner after some time in the bottle. A tasting this year of a 1994 from our vineyards was rich, full of flavor, and still alive. Drinking it now, though, will reward the nose with apple and candy and give some idea of the texture that will come with age.
  Pinot Gris
The 2008 Pinot Gris offers breathtaking precision and purity for its modest tariff. Light lemon- gold in the glass with glints of green, the Illahe Pinot Gris opens with soil-driven aromas of lemon, minerals and honeydew. Riveting acidity greets the palate, then quickly segues to suggestions of lime zest, salty minerals and crisp green apples. The wine’s brisk acidity and mineral spine leads to a long, refreshing finish.”
  Pinot Noir
The ‘07 is ready and beginning to show its fruit, spice, and the noticeable terroir of the Illahe vineyard. If you enjoyed the ‘06, you will notice the same characteristics, but in a subtle and classic way characteristic of the gentle 2007 vintage. Enjoy it now or feel free to cellar this well-priced gem.
  Pinot Noir Reserve
Our reserve was just bottled after 18 months in the barrel. A blend of the best lots of the vintage are smooth and round on the palate and offer deep fruit and delicate baking spice aromas. The age-worthy tannins and acid will allow the wine, raised in 45% new oak, to benefit from many more years in the bottle.
Our estate fruit at the top of the vineyard went into this wine made up of two clonal varieties, one of which entered Oregon in the seventies. The wine is rich in candy, apple, honey, and tobacco leaf–you know it when you taste it.
This aromatic white is already displaying a captivating perfume of honeysuckle, honeydew melon, plantain and pineapple. The palette is juicy thanks to good natural acidity and we’ve left just enough residual sugar to balance the acidity.


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