Eola Hills 2010 Chardonnay (Oregon)
This has notes of sleek mixed fruits and toasty, bourbon-barrel-influenced flavors of toasted hazelnut and buttered popcorn that usually come at a higher price. Drink now.
Eola Hills 2004 Reserve Pinot Noir (Oregon)
The winery’s reserve Pinot is a substantial wine that clearly stands apart from its well-made budget bottle. (It should also be noted that, to the winery’s credit, their reserve costs about what most Oregon budget bottles go for). This is vertically structured with mixed red fruits and nicely detailed whiffs and…
Eola Hills 1998 La Creole Reserve Pinot Noir (Oregon)
Someone explain this labeling: La Creole Vineyard is a blend of 96% Feltz Vineyard and 4% Madrona Vineyard? No matter the name, it smells good, boasting plenty of smoky and woodsy aromas. The flavors are immature, almost grapey still, with some unintegrated vanilla and toast from oak, and fine tannins on the finish…
Eola Hills 2005 La Creole Reserve Chardonnay (Oregon)
The reserve Chardonnay from Eola Hills gets an extra year in bottle, and it has a more elegant, vertical structure, with the fruit framed in toasty oak flavors and some tarragon spice. It’s persistent as well; the flavors seem to gather strength in the midpalate and continue through a strong and moderately complex finish.
Eola Hills 2005 La Creole Reserve Pinot Noir (Oregon)
Eola Hills designates this one of their reserve Pinot Noirs, and it delivers a lot of flavor for the price, as do all of their wines. The entry is lovely, silky and seductive, spiced up with cinnamon and clove. It resonates through the mid-palate, never changing but not fading either, and there is none of the rough…
Eola Hills 2003 Reserve Chardonnay (Oregon)
Here’s a real tropical fruit salad of a Chardonnay, ripe and lightly toasty and simply loaded with rich fruit flavor. The only off notes are some slightly bitter phenolics, but the big, juicy fruit more than compensates, especially as it drives through a long and powerful finish.
Eola Hills 2004 Pinot Gris (Oregon)
This has a strong floral component, like body powder, but it is a substantial, meaty wine, with ripe pear and white peach flavors. Intense and focused in the midpalate, it gets a bit hot on the finish.
Eola Hills 1999 Applegate Valley Syrah (Oregon)
Plum skin, milk chocolate and black pepper aromas are satisfying in this Syrah. The tannins are big and there’s acidity to match, which prepares your palate for the next sip. —C.S.