Château Bianca

WIllamette Valley Pinot Noir

8.545 ratings
8.03 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
Ed Matthews

If you want to taste lean and classic Pinot Noir, this is a perfect example. The color is extremely light, a good counterexample to the ripe 2010 vintage. The nose is black cherry with slightly rustic notes of gunflint and smoke that I find charming and which Pinot is capable of giving provided that is is not picked too ripe. The palate is straightforward cherry with high acid. This is a lean and taut wine in the Burgundian model, light, but unmistakably and classically Pinot Noir. Given its low price, an excellent value.

If you want to taste lean and classic Pinot Noir, this is a perfect example. The color is extremely light, a good counterexample to the ripe 2010 vintage. The nose is black cherry with slightly rustic notes of gunflint and smoke that I find charming and which Pinot is capable of giving provided that is is not picked too ripe. The palate is straightforward cherry with high acid. This is a lean and taut wine in the Burgundian model, light, but unmistakably and classically Pinot Noir. Given its low price, an excellent value.

2 people found it helpfulJul 21st, 2015
Cortney Casey

Too much earth, not enough fruit for me. Funk on the nose, tasted like a dirty mushroom served on a slab of stone. Shannon liked it, though.

Too much earth, not enough fruit for me. Funk on the nose, tasted like a dirty mushroom served on a slab of stone. Shannon liked it, though.

Aug 25th, 2013
Rahul Prabhu

Light but doesn’t cut through heavy, rich food

Light but doesn’t cut through heavy, rich food

Oct 24th, 2019
Adam Shaylor

Bought this bin end on a lark for $15. I cannot stress enough just how hard it is to get a decent local Oregon red this good for this price.

Bought this bin end on a lark for $15. I cannot stress enough just how hard it is to get a decent local Oregon red this good for this price.

Mar 12th, 2019
Alex Amsel

Not a typical Willamette Pinot...some bret and VA? Funky, falls slightly flat but cool effort.

Not a typical Willamette Pinot...some bret and VA? Funky, falls slightly flat but cool effort.

May 20th, 2018
D Manos

Wonderfully earthy with bright fruit; don't understand the low ratings, this was a favorite in a group of wine aficionados

Wonderfully earthy with bright fruit; don't understand the low ratings, this was a favorite in a group of wine aficionados

Jan 15th, 2018
Nick Bowen

Surprisingly light in color. Deep, rich, dark fruit aroma. If smuckers made a wine... So jammy. So much fruit flavor. Incredibly smooth. A touch of acid makes it a very balanced wine. Would pay $25/bottle.

Surprisingly light in color. Deep, rich, dark fruit aroma. If smuckers made a wine... So jammy. So much fruit flavor. Incredibly smooth. A touch of acid makes it a very balanced wine. Would pay $25/bottle.

Jan 5th, 2018
Nick Ventresca

🔥. Light.

🔥. Light.

Aug 15th, 2017
Caroline Kung

Seems very sweet

Seems very sweet

May 3rd, 2017
kasimir bujak

bouquet of black cherries, sour red cherries, bramble, tomato leaf, animal funk, forest floor, faint candied red licorice....pungent nose.... this has a light body...earth dominates the red fruit. acid is quite high.

bouquet of black cherries, sour red cherries, bramble, tomato leaf, animal funk, forest floor, faint candied red licorice....pungent nose.... this has a light body...earth dominates the red fruit. acid is quite high.

Mar 15th, 2017