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Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

8.834 ratings
9.14 pro ratings
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
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
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
Ryan Vento

A decent table PN from Oregon that offered good amounts of lichen-covered stones, mossy tree trunks, and rustic red fruits.

A decent table PN from Oregon that offered good amounts of lichen-covered stones, mossy tree trunks, and rustic red fruits.

Sep 14th, 2019
Timothy Lynch

Pretty damn good for a very easy drinking $20 mid-weight Oregon Pinot. Is it worth $20? Not for me, but a good case could be made for its QPR. On that basis I can see this bottling doing exceedingly well.

Pretty damn good for a very easy drinking $20 mid-weight Oregon Pinot. Is it worth $20? Not for me, but a good case could be made for its QPR. On that basis I can see this bottling doing exceedingly well.

Sep 6th, 2019
Sarah Taddia

Slightly dry but v good... vanilla

Slightly dry but v good... vanilla

Aug 31st, 2019
Michael Mallon

Herbaceous wine, but it also has other things going on: cherries, soil, rose petals, red plum. I find it a bit out of balance - too wet-leafy for my taste. Would probably be better with more age.

Herbaceous wine, but it also has other things going on: cherries, soil, rose petals, red plum. I find it a bit out of balance - too wet-leafy for my taste. Would probably be better with more age.

Aug 19th, 2019
Tim Oravec

Tart cherries, rhubarb compote. Very tasty.

Tart cherries, rhubarb compote. Very tasty.

May 3rd, 2019