Cloudline Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Oregon
On the nose, there is deep cherry, black fruits and earth. On the palate, there is excellent weight and balance, with good structure, and substantial depth of fruit. Compared to 2008, the 2009 is a little more forward, like the very
good 2006 and 2004 vintages, making it a wine that offers immediate pleasure. And though one can enjoy the wine over the next several years, there's no reason
Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby--our own wine. Given our love for Pinot Noir and our long history developing Domaine Drouhin Oregon and other fine wines, it's probably not surprising that we would choose Oregon's Willamette Valley as the home for this exciting project.
Our goal is very specific: to create teh best, most delicious and consistent value in Oregon Pinot Noir today. We are fortunate to have access to top sources, growers and vintners who understand and support what we're trying to accomplish. We have also enlisted the expertise of Veronique Drhouin-Boss, who has graciously agreed to be our consulting winemaker, or more appropriately, our "reference palate." In practical terms, she makes sure the quality never wavers.
Sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Oregon.
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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.
Oregon 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
. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
3 ratings, 1 with review
- Smooth & Supple
Very good Pinot for the price
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.