A to Z Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
#75 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
The 2008 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir reveals all of the depth, concentration and beauty of the 2008 vintage. Deeply colored with aromas of minerals, red and black cherries, and spice, the wine opens in the mouth with rich, red and blue fruits, dark spice and dusty tannins. Great ripe acidity and tannic structure bring balance to this classic, succulent, intense wine, perhaps the most beautiful Pinot Noir we have made.
Wine Spectator - "Lively, deftly balanced and refreshing in style, with pretty raspberry and cherry flavors playing against hints of spice and chalk. Finishes with impressive length. Drink now through 2016."
A to Z Winery
A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's top-selling wine brand, consistently honored for delicious, food-friendly wines which offer superior value. Founded in 2002 by two wine industry couples, the Hatchers and the Francis Tannahills, the brand has steadily grown from the first vintage of 2,600 cases of Pinot Noir.
A to Z has worked with more than 100 vineyards across the state, maintaining diverse sourcing both to mitigate regional vintage variations and to add complexity and depth to each cuvee. With a team of four winemakers and two viticulturists, A to Z possesses more Oregon winemaking experience than any other winery, and has twice had its Pinot Noir recognized on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list. In 2014, A to Z became a certified B Corporation, having demonstrated deep commitment to social and environmental sustainability, and was recognized as being a Best for the World B Corp two years in a row.
A to Z remains true to the dual mission of offering Aristocratic Wines at Democratic Prices, blending one cuvee each vintage of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Pinot Gris, Riesling and Rose that deliver the Essence of Oregon. View all A to Z Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley is a number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.4 out of 5 stars
4 ratings, 3 with reviewsV Sheri - Mount Pleasant, SC48/14/201126/22/2011
This had a somewhat smoky flavor and was very light. I couldn't decide if that was beneficial or not. I was not impressed with this wine, but I'm only an occasional pinot drinker. I also typically like peppery pinots, which this wasn't. For $20, you can do better.41/29/2011Very good Pinot Noir for this price and I enjoy that it is from the States.212/21/2010Light body, average good. It's okay but there are too many 2007 & 2008s from the west coast that are superior.
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