Angela Vineyards has not popped up on our radar since autumn of 2020, when we were all doing the best we possibly could, albeit slightly dazed and in constant panic. Thankfully, brighter days have prevailed (somewhat) and we’re back to see what the Carlton, Oregon vineyard has been up to since then.
2018 Angela Vineyards Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton – Bold and fruity, with big notes of cherry and cranberry up front, the oak influence cutting through to provide balance and muting some of the fruit tartness. There are some secondary notes of cocoa powder, light clove, and tobacco leaf towards the finish, but it’s the fruit and oak which resonate and bring this to life. A- / $38
2019 Angela Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley – An abundance of lemon peel and salinity provide a fresh and coastal beginning, with touches of tropical fruit and mild oak bringing welcome nuances as it sits in the glass. A faint trace of minerality frames the lemon on a lasting finish bright with acidity. It’s lively and refreshing, without ever going out of balance in any one direction. A- / $38