Illahe

Project 1899 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

9.316 ratings
9.33 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
Christine Havens

Illahe's winemaker Brad Ford is a former English and poetry teacher—tasting his wines it's impossible to ignore the prose in them. Pinot Noir used in the 1899 is delivered to the winery by a team of horses, and it's racked by way of a bicycle pump, in short it's a wine made entirely without electricity. Every aspect of it requires hand labor. In the glass a novella of underbrush and brambly fruit, decaying rose petals and crushed stone. Subtle minerality ripples through a red-fruited core, and lingers at the close.

Illahe's winemaker Brad Ford is a former English and poetry teacher—tasting his wines it's impossible to ignore the prose in them. Pinot Noir used in the 1899 is delivered to the winery by a team of horses, and it's racked by way of a bicycle pump, in short it's a wine made entirely without electricity. Every aspect of it requires hand labor. In the glass a novella of underbrush and brambly fruit, decaying rose petals and crushed stone. Subtle minerality ripples through a red-fruited core, and lingers at the close.

Jul 18th, 2017
Mike Dombrow

Buyer Sunfish Cellars

9.5

Wine made today the way they might have made wine in 1899. Pretty good too!

Wine made today the way they might have made wine in 1899. Pretty good too!

2 people found it helpfulJan 16th, 2014
Raymond C Wiley

Thank you Chef Nobuo for bringing this wine to dinner...When it comes to this wine, I got one word, "DUDE!"

I know this area of the country is known for killer Pinot Noirs, but this wine is in a class of its own. Deep dark fruit flavor a with wonderful finish. Me like...A lot! 8-)

Thank you Chef Nobuo for bringing this wine to dinner...When it comes to this wine, I got one word, "DUDE!"

I know this area of the country is known for killer Pinot Noirs, but this wine is in a class of its own. Deep dark fruit flavor a with wonderful finish. Me like...A lot! 8-)

1 person found it helpfulAug 19th, 2015
Coltin Short

Made the way it would have been made back in 1899.

Made the way it would have been made back in 1899.

Jan 19th, 2017
Jeffrey Montesano

Had the 2016, it’s one of the biggest Pinot’s I’ve ever had. Plush, spiced finish.

Had the 2016, it’s one of the biggest Pinot’s I’ve ever had. Plush, spiced finish.

Aug 10th, 2019
Michelle Berryman

Delightful!!!

Delightful!!!

Jun 8th, 2017
Robert Weyers

Damn girl

Damn girl

Sep 30th, 2016
Steve S

Steve had this 4 years ago

Steve had this 4 years ago

Aug 4th, 2018
Rich Williamson

Rich had this 4 years ago

Rich had this 4 years ago

Jun 16th, 2018
Emma

Emma had this 5 years ago

Emma had this 5 years ago

Mar 16th, 2018