Sass Winery

Unfiltered Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

9.0104 ratings
9.118 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
Adam Kincaid

I’ve had a lot of Sass and it always hits the spot. Mossy and earthen yet light and subtle. Tight acids because it’s young but it will learn to relax. Cherry cola after a few swirls.

I’ve had a lot of Sass and it always hits the spot. Mossy and earthen yet light and subtle. Tight acids because it’s young but it will learn to relax. Cherry cola after a few swirls.

Apr 20th, 2019
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

8.9

Sass is always one of my favorites for the price but I hadn't tried this vintage yet. As always, the fruit is ultra bright and expressive. There's no doubt about it, this has that natural wine vibe to it. Slight VA makes the aroma explode out of the glass... raspberry, blackberry and sour cherry. It's very lifted and lively. Slightly hot and the fruit is maybe a touch astringent. Structurally, this wine lacks delineation but it's delicious anyways. It's a different take and a more honest wine than most in the price bracket. Last time I talked to Jerry Sass he told me he was using less and less so2. Very cool.

#OREGON #PINOTNOIR #SASSWINE #OREGONWINE #WILLAMETTEVALLEY #oregonpinot #naturalwine

Sass is always one of my favorites for the price but I hadn't tried this vintage yet. As always, the fruit is ultra bright and expressive. There's no doubt about it, this has that natural wine vibe to it. Slight VA makes the aroma explode out of the glass... raspberry, blackberry and sour cherry. It's very lifted and lively. Slightly hot and the fruit is maybe a touch astringent. Structurally, this wine lacks delineation but it's delicious anyways. It's a different take and a more honest wine than most in the price bracket. Last time I talked to Jerry Sass he told me he was using less and less so2. Very cool.

#OREGON #PINOTNOIR #SASSWINE #OREGONWINE #WILLAMETTEVALLEY #oregonpinot #naturalwine

Aug 8th, 2018
Justin Croxall

Justin had this 4 years ago

Justin had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulSep 28th, 2015
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.4

A simple little touch of VA gives this wine a wild, fun vibe. More beaujolais like than other Oregon styles out there.

A simple little touch of VA gives this wine a wild, fun vibe. More beaujolais like than other Oregon styles out there.

Jul 11th, 2016
Raymond Domenico

This 09 was an awesome find! Cherry and damp soil aromas, pallet was refreshing up front and finished with wet ash earth.

This 09 was an awesome find! Cherry and damp soil aromas, pallet was refreshing up front and finished with wet ash earth.

Feb 27th, 2016
John Riddick

Cherry luden's cough drops...in a good way

Cherry luden's cough drops...in a good way

Jan 16th, 2016
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.0

Ripe red cherry with some earthy notes. Nice sweet spices and good balance on finish.

Ripe red cherry with some earthy notes. Nice sweet spices and good balance on finish.

Jun 25th, 2015
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.2

Tremendous value for people that want an elegant Pinot Noir. The aroma is intense with bramble fruit and cranberries; with air, more tobacco and forest emerged. High acidity with a clean, light body and high-tone finish. The wine is unfiltered which I think is extremely nessessary to retain complexity in Pinot.

Tremendous value for people that want an elegant Pinot Noir. The aroma is intense with bramble fruit and cranberries; with air, more tobacco and forest emerged. High acidity with a clean, light body and high-tone finish. The wine is unfiltered which I think is extremely nessessary to retain complexity in Pinot.

May 22nd, 2015
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.0

Subtle spice and herbs on the nose. Raspberry and other red fruits mingle on the palate. Great acid. I recommend decanting as it gained complexity with air.

Subtle spice and herbs on the nose. Raspberry and other red fruits mingle on the palate. Great acid. I recommend decanting as it gained complexity with air.

Jul 23rd, 2014
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

8.7

Amazing value at $20. Bright, pretty cherry fruit. Tart balance.

Amazing value at $20. Bright, pretty cherry fruit. Tart balance.

Apr 22nd, 2013