A to Z Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Oregon
#55 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
Elegant and complex aromas of bing cherries, cranberries, red currants, raspberries and strawberries, a combination of wild flowers and fresh forest berries that epitomize Oregon Pinot Noir. The juicy red fruit flavors open the attack then evolve in the mouth to darker fruit flavors with spice and mineral overtones. The wine shows ripe tannins and a succulent texture that give definition and lift to the surprisingly long finish. Although the 2010 A to Z Pinot Noir is drinking well now, it has the focus, balance and intensity to age and will become more complex over the next 5-10 years.
Wine Spectator - "Sleek and tightly packed, with delicate layers of cherry, tobacco and cocoa flavors mingling against refined tannins, persisting pleasantly on the light-stepping finish. Drink now through 2017."
A to Z Winery
Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.
A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style. View all A to Z Wines
About Other Oregon
Like many other states, Oregon itself is an AVA of note. An Oregon wine can simply state "Oregon" as its place of origin, which typically means the grapes came from multiple smaller AVAs within the state.
Beyond the main AVAs of Oregon, like Willamette Valley, Rogue and Umpqua, smaller regions are gaining ground. Some you may see on the label include:
Walla Walla Valley AVA– these are most often associated with Washington State, but technically they run over the state lines into Oregon. Most wineries only use a small fraction of grapes from the Oregon side in order to maintain a Washington State wine, but you may see some Oregon producers sourcing grapes from those small overlapping AVAs.
Southern Oregon AVA– encompassing the Rogue and Umpqua Valleys, this AVA is a large area where many producers are experimenting with Syrah.
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.
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- 5 Stars: 1
- 4 Stars: 7
- 3 Stars: 3
- 2 Stars: 5
- 1 Stars: 2
18 ratings, 11 with reviews112/19/2013Thin & Boringhrndfrg - Huntsville, TX410/7/2014JoeDrummer - Cedar Park, TX26/17/2014I won't say it is the worse wine I've ever had, but I will go so far as to say it was the most over-rated and disappointing wine I've had in a long time. I made the mistake of buying 3 bottles based on WS and WE reviews. They clearly did not taste the wines that were bottled for public consumption!! I have no idea what I'm going to do with the other 2 bottles... I don't know if this wine even rates using to make a Sangria.Zhlmsd - Boston, MA34/15/2014
James Owen - Honolulu, HI24/9/2014Was not up to the hype I read. Wine was just OK.walktard - Tahoe City, CA32/24/2014Mad Max - Virginia Beach, VA41/14/2014Chrissyrose - Las Vegas, NV41/10/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Great tasting wine good to share with friends at parties and special occasions.MICHAEL HENNESY - Mount Juliet, TN21/9/2014
- Smooth & Supple
A weak Pinot with light Montmorency cherry flavors. Light cherry and mineral aromas. I've tried several Oregon Pinots and I must say I feel the California Pinots are superior.sklp - Hollywood, FL11/3/2014corkedSteve mirassou - Napa, CA312/28/2013Larry G. - Manorville, NY212/27/2013
- Light & Fruity
- Pair With
- Cheese > Creamy
Too thin, not very tastyA.R. Davis - Loveland, CO212/26/2013JWsc - Oakland, MI412/26/2013Great full tasting Pinotclavino - Laguna Niguel, CA412/4/2013Very nice Pinot for the price.gatorbait38 - Mobile, AL512/2/2013
- Light & Fruity
A very nice Pinot Noir with cherry, red currant and minerals gracing the palate. The tannins are ripe and this one has a great long finish. Served with a Dr.Pepper/Honey glazed ham. The seller for me was when my Mom took a sip and said "Oooh! I really like this wine."Dr. Aurum - Astoria, NY411/25/2013Great for the price but it is important to note that this wine is NOT from the Willamette Valley as listed on the website.SLB4466 - Davidsonville, MD48/28/2013
- Smooth & Supple
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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