There’s a bittersweet story behind the Et Fille label. Et Fille means “and daughter” in French and refers to the fact that this label was born and has grown through the combined effort of Howard Mozeico and his daughter, Jessica Mozeico. For 14 years, they made wine and built the business together. Sadly, in 2017, Howard died in a tragic tractor accident in the vineyard at the age of 68. Jessica wasn’t sure if the winery should even go on without him, but she found the resolve to carry on the family business – and perhaps even some day hand it down to her own daughter. Now, Et Fille joins the ranks of the many iconic Oregon labels with a strong woman at the helm.
The 2014 Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir is, fittingly, a “feminine” style Pinot sourced from a 22 acre site in the Yamhill-Carlton District.
Elevage was 11 months in 33% new French Oak barrels, giving this a broad palate and a nice firm texture – though that grip has already mellowed quite a bit after some bottle age. Flavors of rose and potpourri lead to a luscious finish of dark cherry, cola, and a touch of spice.
91 pts. – Wine Spectator