Willamette Valley Vineyards

Bernau Block Pinot Noir

9.029 ratings
8.96 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
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.5

One of the higher end Pinot Noirs from Willamette Valley Vineyards. Crimson red with garnet hued edges. Lots of aromatics with red cherries and perfume. Some greenery started to appear and slightly stinky undertones. Palate was slightly metallic and vegetal with moderate acidity (6.5/10). Moderate body and moderate finish with notes of metal and asparagus. Hopefully with time the notes in the finish wear off. Drink till 2020.

One of the higher end Pinot Noirs from Willamette Valley Vineyards. Crimson red with garnet hued edges. Lots of aromatics with red cherries and perfume. Some greenery started to appear and slightly stinky undertones. Palate was slightly metallic and vegetal with moderate acidity (6.5/10). Moderate body and moderate finish with notes of metal and asparagus. Hopefully with time the notes in the finish wear off. Drink till 2020.

1 person found it helpfulJun 7th, 2016
Elizabeth Smith

It's been a while since I had a non-California Pinot. My immediate reaction to this Pinot is clean, structured, and pretty, with an interplay of fruit, earth, and gravel. Tart plum and red berry flavors are present, but exist in harmony with terroir-driven minerality and delicious acidity. (sample, $55)

It's been a while since I had a non-California Pinot. My immediate reaction to this Pinot is clean, structured, and pretty, with an interplay of fruit, earth, and gravel. Tart plum and red berry flavors are present, but exist in harmony with terroir-driven minerality and delicious acidity. (sample, $55)

Apr 17th, 2016
Meghan Hamilton

Wine Educator Joseph Phelps Vineyards

7.5

Hot up front and falls flat on the finish. Dark cherries and and a little earthy funk.

Hot up front and falls flat on the finish. Dark cherries and and a little earthy funk.

Feb 1st, 2016
Eric Godin

Lots of spice and vanilla from the oak, can't smell anything but oak smells.
Bright, not overpowering fruits, tart cherry, sour strawberry.

Lots of spice and vanilla from the oak, can't smell anything but oak smells.
Bright, not overpowering fruits, tart cherry, sour strawberry.

May 6th, 2017
Natalie Nordyke

Willamette Valley Vineyards's founder Jim Berneau's first planted Pinot Noir block brings us this bold Pinot decades later. It was the best on the Reserve flight I enjoyed w Sergio, Wesley, Bull & Christi & my long time friend Zach who picked up this bottle for dinner Jan 2016; what a gift to enjoy together

Willamette Valley Vineyards's founder Jim Berneau's first planted Pinot Noir block brings us this bold Pinot decades later. It was the best on the Reserve flight I enjoyed w Sergio, Wesley, Bull & Christi & my long time friend Zach who picked up this bottle for dinner Jan 2016; what a gift to enjoy together

Jan 24th, 2016
Chris Bidleman

2012 double gold winner. Fairly restrained, nice fruit. Needs more time.

2012 double gold winner. Fairly restrained, nice fruit. Needs more time.

Feb 25th, 2015
Wine Harlots

Oregon Advent: Day 3: Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012.

Oregon Advent: Day 3: Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012.

Dec 8th, 2014
John Bernard

A terrific Pinot only surpassed by the view of Oregon wine country from the terrace.

A terrific Pinot only surpassed by the view of Oregon wine country from the terrace.

Jul 23rd, 2014
Jess White

Jess had this 4 years ago

Jess had this 4 years ago

Dec 21st, 2015
John Berghoff

John had this 4 years ago

John had this 4 years ago

Aug 25th, 2015