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And One for the Daughter

Et Fille Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Maresh Vineyard 2005

Harvey Steiman
Posted: October 8, 2010

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).

• Plus, get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated Oregon Pinot Noirs.

Angela Medeiros Slade
Oakland, CA  —  October 8, 2010 9:02am ET
Nice post! Wine & life moments..love the connections between long-time friends, your daughters, and a great bottle of wine appropriately named Et Fille.
Greg Flanagan
Bethel CT —  October 8, 2010 1:33pm ET
I enjoy Pinot but am a Napa Cab guy first and formeost. The Et Fille Pinot Noirs are gorgeous! They all have unique qualities but the balance, structure, and fruit come thru so nicely. The Et Fille Pinots are literally the only PN's I am comfortable spending more the $20/ bottle. They are well worth it! Et Fille also further drives home the point that Oregon is by far and away the Pinot Noir capital of the world! You hear that Burgandy:)...

Ray Lam
Vancouver, BC, Canada —  November 24, 2010 3:11am ET
Great article about Washington Harvey. I really enjoy reading all your articles in general. I love Washington wines, but the world is slow to catch on. I guess this is better for wine consumers like myself because it keeps the prices very affordable. Cheers.

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