Chehalem Rion Reserve Pinot Noir 1996

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Item No. 5020
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Winemaker's Notes

The 1996 shows that despite black raspberry and black cherry aromas, there is other wild berry, lavander, floral, delicate spice competing for airtime. It is packed. On the palate, a big attack of rich fruit, fine, suave tannins and spice impressed us. Full in texture, it finishes with hints of chocolate, great breadth and a rich, succulent and intense length. The Reserve is more about subtlety and understatement than bigness. It makes its best friends where nuance and delicacy, balance and elegance reign. It is more feminine than masculine.

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With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control.

Learn About Willamette Valley

(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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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