Craig and Claudia Broadley moved to Monroe, Oregon from Berkeley, California in the 1970s with little else than big Pinot Noir dreams. Craig and Claudia founded Broadley Winery on a shoestring in 1981 and began planting the estate vineyard when Morgan Broadley, today’s owner-winemaker, was only 11 years old. It would take more than a decade before the fabled 1994 “Claudia's Choice” Pinot Noir put Broadley Vineyards on the map, with the highest score (97) for Oregon Pinot Noir in the history of Wine Spectator. It has since been dethroned by 2012 Evening Land “La Source,” (98), but it took almost 20 years!
Absolutely packed with bolts of Pinot Noir silk and juicy black cherry fruit, black raspberries, red roses, and phenomenal depth on the palate. We would say this drank like a Chambertin Clos de Beze if it were not so distinctively Oregonian. Simply phenomenal Pinot Noir that is underpriced by about $25. Just don’t tell Morgan
A pretty wine with sappy fruit flavors, this included 40% whole clusters in the fermentation, and 30% new French oak barrels in the élévage. Concentrated raspberry preserves anchor the fruit, with interesting seams of buttermilk and a touch of toasted cracker.