2015 Cameron Winery, Nebbiolo, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
The remarkable Cameron Nebbiolo reminds me a lot of Boca or Ghemme offerings from the Alto Piedmonte with its beautiful bouquet and nice acidity, it excels in being restrained yet expressive coming from the Jory (volcanic) soils of the Dundee Hills, it is one of the best, age worthy and most interesting of the new world examples of this grape. John Paul, winemaker and vigneron at Cameron Winery, most renowned for his Burgundy style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, loves Italian wines and was inspired to try Northern Italian varietals in the Willamette Valley and now has Nebbiolo planted in his famous Clos Electrique estate vineyard, where these grapes mostly came from in this vintage, and he also does Friuli inspired skin contact Pinot Gris, a Ramato as well as a Radikon inspired Rouge Gris and a white blend that includes Pinot Blanc, all of which are stunning under the radar wines. John Paul, who works with sustainable and non irrigated vines and employs long maceration(s) and extended elevage is making some of Oregon’s greatest wines.
The 2015 warm and ripe on the palate filling the mouth with dense fruit, dusty tannins and layers of mineral and spice adding earthy and savory notes as it opens in the glass displaying a classic Nebbiolo personality with liquid roses, like Ruche and Vespolina showtimes show as well, along with balsamic dipped Strawberries, racy plum and juicy cherry fruits as well as a touch of red pepper, cedar, mint, blood orange rind and black licorice. At 13.1% natural alcohol, this is a powerful wine, but not heavy and it, like outstanding Barolo and Barbaresco has a way of wearing its tannin and acidity with class, texture and elegance. This ruby red and dark orange edged tinted vivid Cameron Nebbiolo has its youthful ease, but there is complexity and earthiness hiding underneath and it should gain with another 3 to 5 years, this is thrilling stuff and a great value. Cameron’s wines are deep and authentic with a serious nod to the old world, I love these wines, and the latest set are soulful and exceptional in detail and length, don’t miss this one and their 2017 vintage Pinots.
($40 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive