Our friends Paula and Ed invited us to dinner the other day. Their daughter and ours grew up together and remain friends to this day, and they would both be joining us. Looking through the cellar for a wine to bring for Ed’s Weber Kettle-roasted beef, I grabbed a bottle of Et Fille Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Maresh Vineyard 2005.
I picked it because I loved this wine on release in 2007 and stashed it away in the cellar, and I figured it would be drinking beautifully now. Only later did I realize the appropriateness of the choice. In French, “et fille” means “and daughter.” Owner-winemaker Howard Mozeico started Et Fille winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with his daughter, Jessica, who helped him make his first home wine in 2000 and now serves as the winery’s marketing director.
The wine was a hit all around for its polished texture, elegance, balance and mouth-pleasing blueberry, currant and cream flavors. It has pinpoint focus and impressive length on a refined frame. I rated it 93 points, non-blind; it’s delicious now but has years to go in the cellar.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Et Fille Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Maresh Vineyard 2005 (93, $38 on release).
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