Drew Voit is one of Oregon’s most accomplished winemakers still in the “boutique” category. He started off as associate winemaker at Domaine Serene and then head winemaker at Shea Wine Cellars. When he finally set out on his own and started the Harper Voit label, he also made himself available as a “winemaker for hire” for anyone who might have a dream of their own label without the know-how or facility to make the wine. The list of labels Drew has made or consulted on is staggering: Eminent Domaine, Boulay, Antiquum Farm, Eisold-Smith, Rocky Point, Moffett, Bjornson… the list goes on and on. Harper Voit is his own personal project and showcases his own favorite style of winemaking – not something that has been ordered from him. This house style is one of bold, dark extraction with smokey and mineral-rich flavor components. This style is a common thread that runs through all his Pinots.
The “Strandline” is essentially his Willamette Valley Cuvée – having a little bit of juice from all the various vineyards he works with including Bieze, Antiquum, Huntington Hill, Terrarosa and others.
There’s copious fruit here plus a nice stout foundation of grippy tannins which leads me to believe this would do will with 5 to 7 years in the cellar. If consumed young, give it a little while in the decanter if you can. Pair with grilled or seared meats – perhaps a very good BBQ wine.