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Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

8.845 ratings
9.14 pro ratings
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Andrew

Pale ruby, not particularly bright; not particularly scented; taste is pleasant and clean but lacks brightness; med-high acid; medium length of finish. Decent.

Pale ruby, not particularly bright; not particularly scented; taste is pleasant and clean but lacks brightness; med-high acid; medium length of finish. Decent.

Nov 10th, 2019
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9.1

Displays abundant berry and floral character, with vibrant spice accents adding verve. Seamless in texture and appealingly sweet, the 2017 finishes with impressive, juicy persistence and resonating florality. This is textbook Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at a great price. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2019)

Displays abundant berry and floral character, with vibrant spice accents adding verve. Seamless in texture and appealingly sweet, the 2017 finishes with impressive, juicy persistence and resonating florality. This is textbook Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at a great price. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2019)

1 person found it helpfulMar 4th, 2019
Jordan Wardlaw

Very recent bottling, not showing as well as the outstanding 2016. First impression was much more of a Chénas. Floral aromas of damp rose petal are very dominant with faint red fruit and spice character, but very muted overall without a significant mid palate presence. Bright acidity and freshness are nonetheless very appealing and I suspect it will open up with time as this is clearly a fine producer working with several terrific growers. Still a fine value, and I’d like to check in on it after a few more months in bottle.

Very recent bottling, not showing as well as the outstanding 2016. First impression was much more of a Chénas. Floral aromas of damp rose petal are very dominant with faint red fruit and spice character, but very muted overall without a significant mid palate presence. Bright acidity and freshness are nonetheless very appealing and I suspect it will open up with time as this is clearly a fine producer working with several terrific growers. Still a fine value, and I’d like to check in on it after a few more months in bottle.

1 person found it helpfulOct 22nd, 2018
Jordan Franceschini

Surprised at the glowing reviews. Off bottle?

Surprised at the glowing reviews. Off bottle?

Oct 22nd, 2021
Bill Mowry

Decanted and found some sentiment. It took a while to open up. Dark berry scents of floral and spice. Good structure with red fruit and star anise flavors.

Decanted and found some sentiment. It took a while to open up. Dark berry scents of floral and spice. Good structure with red fruit and star anise flavors.

Jun 12th, 2020
Craig Goldschmidt

Yawn. Overly big and oaky pinot, very little of the wine can shine through. Won’t buy again.

Yawn. Overly big and oaky pinot, very little of the wine can shine through. Won’t buy again.

Jun 7th, 2020
Matthew Korzelius

Nose: Ripe but bright red fruits. Strawberry jam. A little bit blue as well. Fresh, crusty cherry pie. Baking spices. Zesty orange herbal tea.

Palate: Medium acid (think med-ripe raspberries), guava. Red fruit but less candied than on nose. A touch of salinity. Grapefruit pulp.

Nose: Ripe but bright red fruits. Strawberry jam. A little bit blue as well. Fresh, crusty cherry pie. Baking spices. Zesty orange herbal tea.

Palate: Medium acid (think med-ripe raspberries), guava. Red fruit but less candied than on nose. A touch of salinity. Grapefruit pulp.

Apr 27th, 2020
William

Sasha liked it. Fruity. Better a little after opening. Ok not great

Sasha liked it. Fruity. Better a little after opening. Ok not great

Dec 29th, 2019
Calla Fogarty

Clear Ruby, dried cranberries citrus notes, medium tannins, strong initial impact I’m not getting the longevity on the finish like prior vintages

Clear Ruby, dried cranberries citrus notes, medium tannins, strong initial impact I’m not getting the longevity on the finish like prior vintages

Dec 1st, 2019
Josh

Light body, fruit forward

Light body, fruit forward

Nov 2nd, 2019