Willamette Valley Vineyards

Whole Cluster Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

8.9199 ratings
8.78 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
Mvon Higgins

Translucent deep garnet glass with a pale red violet rim. On the medium light nose, cherry, blackberry, earth, vanilla and wood. Tart and juicy but light bodied to the palate highlighting a soft cherry and raspberry predominance with hints of strawberry. Finishes long with soft small tannins and tangy tart cherridom. Nice balance but less structure than some. Good value at $16.33 USD and works with light food or as a conversation sipper.

Translucent deep garnet glass with a pale red violet rim. On the medium light nose, cherry, blackberry, earth, vanilla and wood. Tart and juicy but light bodied to the palate highlighting a soft cherry and raspberry predominance with hints of strawberry. Finishes long with soft small tannins and tangy tart cherridom. Nice balance but less structure than some. Good value at $16.33 USD and works with light food or as a conversation sipper.

4 people found it helpfulOct 3rd, 2015
Charlie Abbott

Sommelier Casa Mono

8.6

The wine that made me fall in love! Sadly not as light and ethereal as I remember, the fruit seemed a little overripe and slightly raisinated, but still very yummy

The wine that made me fall in love! Sadly not as light and ethereal as I remember, the fruit seemed a little overripe and slightly raisinated, but still very yummy

2 people found it helpfulJul 23rd, 2016
Jameson Fink

Host Wine Without Worry podcast

8.8

A little #carbonic and a lot a fun. #orwine #pinotnoir #sample

A little #carbonic and a lot a fun. #orwine #pinotnoir #sample

2 people found it helpfulNov 8th, 2015
Chris Barnum

Grape juice would be an accurate description. Didn't have much body

Grape juice would be an accurate description. Didn't have much body

1 person found it helpfulJul 6th, 2015
Kim Kolb

2014 lends itself to a big fruity nose. A very juicy fruit all the way through! This is such an easy drink. While you still get a mall amount of spiciness, it is mainly soft.

2014 lends itself to a big fruity nose. A very juicy fruit all the way through! This is such an easy drink. While you still get a mall amount of spiciness, it is mainly soft.

Feb 12th, 2017
Chris Hardy

Really surprising full flavored wine from 2014.....very much like a Beaujolais Nouveau.

Really surprising full flavored wine from 2014.....very much like a Beaujolais Nouveau.

Jul 12th, 2015
Austin Baird

Super fruit forward, jammy and dark. Similar to a Beaujolais.

Super fruit forward, jammy and dark. Similar to a Beaujolais.

Apr 17th, 2015
George Yasutake

Comparing it to some potent N CA pinots (Selyem & Clos de la Tech)

Comparing it to some potent N CA pinots (Selyem & Clos de la Tech)

Nov 14th, 2018
Daniel rees

I’ve previously used this as my default Pino for a number of years as I knew the taste and price point was a fair balance. Either I’ve changed or the complexity of this Pino has because it’s not as appealing in recent years, the fruit or grape is just that, without the subtle blending of earthy flavors I’ve experienced in the past. It seems to have lost that complexity around 2014 perhaps a year earlier but I shall continue to try a bottle every now and again in hope the spark returns.

I’ve previously used this as my default Pino for a number of years as I knew the taste and price point was a fair balance. Either I’ve changed or the complexity of this Pino has because it’s not as appealing in recent years, the fruit or grape is just that, without the subtle blending of earthy flavors I’ve experienced in the past. It seems to have lost that complexity around 2014 perhaps a year earlier but I shall continue to try a bottle every now and again in hope the spark returns.

Jun 1st, 2018
Khp
7.3

Strange taste. Did not like it

Strange taste. Did not like it

Jul 3rd, 2017