A fantastic Oregon winery founded by eminent cardiologist, Dr. Madaiah Revana, Alexana has greatly impressed with their set of new release wines from some warm vintages. Alexana is named after Dr. Revana’s daughter, Alexandra. Inspired by the great wines of Burgundy, Dr. Revana purchased an 80-acre vineyard property set in the Red Hills in the center of the Willamette Valley.. The expansive winery utilizes both gravity flow and Gold LEED certification. Head winemaker, Brian Weil has previously worked at Domaine Serene before heading back to Oregon State University, where in 2008 he graduated with a degree in Enology and Viticulture. Bryan then served as assistant winemaker at Home Cellars and in 2012 joined Alexana winery as winemaker.
HIs new release red and white wines were outrageously good. The 2015 Alexana ‘Willamette Valley’ Pinot Gris (WWB, 92) is an awesome value Pinot Gris and shows impressive mouthfeel and ripe fruit flavors. HIs range of red wines were exceptional. The 2014 Alexana ‘Signature’ Pinot Noir (WWB, 93) was seriously tasty, showing gorgeous minerality, a velvety mouthfeel and plush dark and red fruit flavors. Learn more about this exciting winery at http://www.alexanawinery.com Here are the great new release wines by Alexana.
2015 Alexana ‘Revana Vineyard’ Riesling- Dr. Madaiah Revana planted just three acres of Riesling which is located in the south-east sections of his Revana Vineyard, set in the Red Hills of Dundee. The 2015 Revana Riesling begins with aromatics of petrol, white flowers, crushed wet gravel and suggestions of Granny Smith apple. The striking acidity hits you at first, leading to lovely flavors of white grapefruit, gooseberry, white peach, Gravenstein apple and hints of Key lime. This shows impressive range and persistence. Drink 2017-2025- 91
2015 Alexana ‘Willamette Valley’ Pinot Gris- This Pinot Gris wine was stirred on the lees for two weeks, prior to being pressed whole cluster. This gorgeous wine begins with aromatics reminiscent of nutmeg, poached pear, starfruit and hints of nectarine. The mouthfeel is plush and yields a wonderful minerality, leading to bright flavors of kiwi, starfruit, cantaloupe, wet stone and suggestions of baked apple. The structure of this wine is absolutely gorgeous and pushes the envelope considering the heat of the vintage. Hats off to head winemaker Brian Weil and his winemaking team on this impressive wine. Drink 2017-2025- 92
2014 Alexana ‘Terroir Series’ Chardonnay- This bottling was sourced from a host of vineyards in the Willamette Valley and opens with a bouquet of pear, honeydew melon, peach pit, Gala apple and hints of vanilla cream. This leads to flavors of vanilla bean, creme brulee, cantaloupe and mushroom accents. Well-structured and having a dense mouthfeel, this is a lovely effort. Drink 2017-2025- 91
2014 Alexana ‘Lonesome Spring Ranch Gran Blanc’ White Wine- The 2014 'Gran Blanc' is a blend of 49% Viognier, 25% Marsanne and 26% Roussanne which was sourced from the Lonesome Ranch Vineyard. This wine begins with aromatics reminiscent of green papaya, mango, starfruit and suggestions of Japanese pear. There is very nice minerality to this wine, despite obvious heat from the vintage. Flavors of cantaloupe, Pink Lady apple, kiwi and mulberry persist. The finish is exceptional and mineral-driven. I can see this having a surprisingly long life in the cellar. Drink 2017-2025- 91
2015 Alexana 'Estate East Blocks Volcanic' Pinot Noir-This gorgeous wine begins with aromatics of sandalwood, red cherry, guava and hints of teaberry. There are rich flavors of candied red cherry, guava purée, blackberry pie, and suggestions of mint. This is polished and smooth wine by highly talented winemaker Brian Weil. Drink 2017-2027-92
2014 Alexana 'Signature' Pinot Noir- The 2014 ‘Signature’ Pinot Noir is a gorgeous release by Alexana. The perfumed Pinot Noir wine begins with a bouquet of red currant, potpourri, red cherry and boysenberry liquor. There are rich flavors of wild blackberry, black cherry, Satsuma orange and forest floor hints. The minerality and mid-palate weight is exceptional. Drink 2017-2029- 93
2014 Alexana 'Revana Vineyard Pommard Clone' Pinot Noir- Head winemaker Brian Weil has crafted an exceptional and earthy wine here. This wine begins with aromatics reminiscent of peat moss, forest floor, black truffle oil, blackberry and black tea. There are dense flavors of black truffle crudo, black cherry cough syrup, wet earth, cran-orange and black raspberry with mulberry accents. The minerality is intense and lithe. This dense and chewy wine will have an exceedingly long life in the cellar. Drink 2017-2030- 93
2015 Alexana 'Revana Vineyard' Pinot Noir- This translucent colored Pinot Noir wine opens with a bouquet of red cherry, red raspberry, guava and strawberry with forest floor. The mid-palate is lithe and mineral-driven with bright flavors of strawberry, red cherry, guava and wild mushroom. This shows considerable poise despite the considerable heat of the vintage. Drink 2017-2028- 92
2014 Alexana 'Gran Rouge' Red Wine- A Syrah heavy based red blend, the wine begins with rich aromatics of smoke, black cherry, eucalyptus, pipe tobacco and black currant. There are ripe flavors of red cherry, black raspberry, black tea, dried sage and suggestions of crushed mint. This shows gorgeous poise and richness with racy freshness. Drink 2017-2027- 93
2015 Alexana 'Revana Vineyard West Block Sedimentary Soil' Pinot Noir- This impressive wine opens with a bouquet of red cherry, red raspberry, guava purée, pomegranate seed and suggestions of cran-orange. This leads to lithe flavors of guava, ripe strawberry, teaberry and suggestions of mulberry. Poised, focused and feminine, this red fruit focused Pinot will have a long life in the cellar. Drink 2017-2028- 93