PETIT WEEK IN WINE | April 25th - April 28th 2024


Violin Wines

We continue this week with our West Coast exploration by heading north to Oregon's Willamette Valley and Will Hamilton's small production Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.

We will host will this evening for an exclusive grande tasting of his 2021s. Hopefully you picked up a ticket, but if you are unable to join us, we will be showcasing 'some' of Will's wines for this week's flight (albeit without the winemaker), but we were so drawn to the wines that we were compelled to extend some of the pours for this weekend tasting flight.

With almost 20 years of experience crafting wines in Oregon, Will has collaborated with Erath Winery, NW Wine Company, Evening Land, and most recently with Walter Scott wines. To this day, Violin produces less than 2,500 cases annually and these limited wines are on many Oregon purist's list for top quality and value year after year.

Our $28 Violin Tasting Flight starts Thursday and will be a great study in comparing both regional and site-specific Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I hope you are able to visit with us this week. In the meantime, please do let us know if we can be of any assistance with all your seasonal wine desires.

Lastly, on Saturday, we will be hosting our Club de Vin members for our monthly wine club pickup party and open house. If you'd like to learn more about the monthly program, just reply back and hopefully we can introduce you to the club and many of the members this Saturday from 3-5pm. It's time to get on your wine journey.

Be well & drink more Oregon wine -




5:00 - 9:00pm Thursday-Friday

1:00 - 9:00pm Saturday

1:00 - 7:00pm Sunday


5:00 - 9:00pm Thursday-Friday

1:00 - 9:00pm Saturday

1:00 - 7:00pm Sunday

Will Hamilton has been helping craft fine wine in the Willamette Valley since the 2005 vintage when he moved from the DC area to explore his intrigue for Oregon and the production side of wine. It was initially through restaurant work in high school and college that the interest for wine culture emerged, and after his first post college year as a wine importer’s sales person and then a cycling messenger in our Nation’s Capital, he found himself in the cellar at Erath Winery in Dundee for his first harvest.

During spells with Laurent Montalieu’s NW Wine Company (’06-’11), Evening Land Vineyards (’11 and ’12), and Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon’s Walter Scott Wines (’13-’17), Will had the opportunity to vinify fruit from more than 25 vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills, and more than 100 total in the Willamette Valley, Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon, and Eastern Washington. Between 2011 and 2018, Will served roles in the service side of the industry, offering expertise in a variety of technical sales for enological and winery purposes, while carving enough time out to personally produce the Violin range, which was begun in the 2013 vintage, working out of the Walter Scott Winery on the West side of Justice Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills.

Achieving balance, distinction and elegance remains the overall goal with both Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Our vineyard partners share our dedication to sustainable wine-growing, and we are fortunate to exclusively dry farm our sites. The scale of our vineyards, delicacy of our varieties, and fickle nature of our climate necessitate the use of human labor for all pruning and most foliar management, and we practice mechanical techniques for in-row cultivation. Building a healthy farm is at the core of what our partnerships hope to achieve, as we believe it will produce the healthiest and most expressive grapes, fermentations and resulting wines.

The retention of natural acidity in grapes is the key factor in determining ripeness and the correct moment to begin the winemaking process. Style is most prominently influenced by this decision: the decision of what constitutes “ripe”. We have grown to prefer the almost perfectly ripe pick, and rely on the tension this edginess brings to balance our beautiful and opulent array of Willamette Valley fruit and savory characters. We also celebrate the variation and reflection of the growing season within the wines we produce.


Oregon Chardonnay 2021

Willamette Valley, OR

$35 btl/retail

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay from three different vineyard sites (Witness Tree, Black Walnut, and Sojeau) all planted in volcanic soils. Fermented and aged on lees in 228 liter barrels before finishing in stainless steel from mid September until bottling.

Tasting Notes: Perfumed orchard fruits and white flowers dominate the nose before showing candied citrus notes. Dense core and rounded attack integrate the rather lively acid profile. 

195 cases produced


'Black Walnut Vineyard' Chardonnay 2021

Dundee Hills AVA, Willamette Valley, OR

$85 btl/retail

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay. Aged on lees in cooperage until mid September, and finished in stainless steel until bottling on January 2023. The core of the blend came from a 500L puncheon that was filled directly from pressing with no settling of juice, balanced by two 228L barrels, one new.

Tasting Notes:  This site handles the wood beautifully, with mouthwatering acids across the palate, supporting the more exotic fruit tones we’ve come to expect from this three clone medley at 900 feet; the “bullseye” of the Dundee Hills.

80 cases produced


Oregon Pinot Noit 2021

Willamette Valley, CA

$35 btl/retail

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir of which over 95% comes from the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.

Tasting Notes: Fresh and bright, the poised and focused frame leads toward a satiny ribbon of sweet raspberries and lightly spiced red currants, set off by floral and red licorice highlights. The finesse is striking. 

775 cases produced


'Sojeau Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2021

Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Willamette Valley, OR

$85 btl/retail

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir sourced from Sojeau's rows of Dijon 115, Wadensville, and Pommard clones. The old saying “iron fist in a velvet glove” could even be applied to Sojeau —with the power and concentration in this bottling achieving a compelling sense of purity and gracefulness after the extended aging and meticulous barrel selection.

Tasting Notes: The intensity in the wines is very much the story of this early and low yielding 2021 vitage, with richly layered texture against finely integrated framework. The balance of elements always leans Sojeau Pinot in the direction of elegance, the acids perfectly situated within the dense core.

145 cases produced

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