Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays red aromas (candied cherry, pomegranate and raspberry), on the nose and the palate. In addition, one finds a light touch of brown spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice). True to our house style, it is elegantly textured with seamlessly integrated, silky, polished tannins.
Pair it with salmon or ahi, veal or pork, poultry (think duck) or beef, or hearty vegetarian entrees.
Wine & Spirits - "Lean and saline, this has an enticing delicacy to the aromas. The flavors are savory, more in line with salted plum and dried cherry than fresh fruit; the texture, however, is loaded with tension, a fresh, driving energy that suggests a long and pulsing life ahead—and a solid pairing with duck confit. Best Buy."
Wine Spectator - "Sleek and slender, but fleshy enough to deliver cinnamon-accented cherry flavors, showing a hint of coffee as the finish lingers. Deftly balanced."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid red. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant and cherry, with complicating Asian spice and floral nuances. Juicy and light on its feet, offering energetic red fruit and rose pastille flavors complemented by a touch of black tea. Finishes bright and long, with lingering spiciness and no obvious tannins."
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Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operated winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder, David Adelsheim, has done work throughout the years to benefit both the Oregon and American wine industries: grape and wine research, wine labeling, industry education, and promotion. He is recognized for his "outstanding service" to the industry and has played a vital role in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its reputation worldwide. Today, he leads a current generation of passionate staff devoted to leading the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines. View all Adelsheim 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 Review44 out of 5 stars
2 ratings, 2 with reviewswrandall2003 - West Chester, PA44/3/2013
Great Oregon Pinot, especially for the price.43/22/2013
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This wine has a very subtle black cherry nose. I was expecting more aroma, although this wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Definitely reminded me of Decoy P.N. 2011 vintage with a little more punch. After an hour of decanting the nose still remained subtle and dark. The initial taste was hot and very acidic. The strawberry and cherry tart was stronger than most pinots and danced in my mouth. Slightly fleshy on the mid but relatively thin for this varietal. If I had to sum up this wine in two words it would be hot and tart :) Longer finish than Decoy and more acidic follow through. Overall definitely a value in the 20$ range but ladies and gentleman I have yet to find a under 30$ wine beat out Cambria!
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