Erath Leland Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
The 2010 Leland Vineyard Pinot Noir opens to aromas of fragrant gardenia, spearmint and vanilla intensify with every swirl, revealing subtle accents of cedar and sassafras. Red plum, cranberry and faint coffee ?avors converge in the mouth, grasping the palate in a gentle embrace before a toasty finish of caramelized Creme brulee.
Pair this wine with cheddar and other savory cheese, rack of lamb, lasagna with bolognese or carbonara sauce, grilled vegetables or potato based soups.
Wine Spectator - "Light and zingy, with bright raspberry, tobacco and spice flavors that dance through a long and expressive finish. Harmonious and framed with polished tannins."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. Red berries, cherry skin, incense and sassafras on the fragrant nose. Offers an array of lively red fruit flavors and notes of candied rose and allspice. Vanilla and smoke notes come up on the finish, which lingers with impressive tenacity and sweetness."
The Wine Advocate - "The Erath 2010 Pinot Noir Leland showcases 30 year old vines 20 miles on an impropitiously flat-looking site east of Dundee, that, says Horner, is rendered “magic on account of the man who farms it,” owner and retired chemist Bruce Weber. A lovely and distinctive nose of black tea, sassafras, basil, lily-of-the-valley offers, as well, intimations of purple plum and dark cherry that then freshly and vibrantly inform a silken textured palate, making for a Pinot that will prove fascinatingly versatile at table for at least half a dozen years. "
Wine & Spirits - "Ample for a 2010, this substantial pinot leads with rich, seductive black cherry scents. Its flavors are generous, saturated in dark fruit with an oak component that complements the leafy tobacco firmness of the tannins. It has the heft to stand up to roast pork loin."
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As one of Oregon's wine pioneers, Erath winery's founder, Dick Erath, was driven by the belief that the future of Pinot Noir was in Oregon. Today, Erath's wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hill of Oregon. Winemaker, Gary Horner, who shares Dick Erath's background in science and a reverence for Oregon's unique terroir, strives to reveal classic Oregon Pinot: light, delicate and fruit-forward. Horner takes pride in making a range of Pinot Noir styles, from the hugely-popular Oregon blend to the highly-acclaimed, limited-edition, single-vineyard selections. His goal is to make the best Pinot Noir the region has to offer - it is time-honored, authentic and uniquely Oregon. View all Erath Vineyards 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 are are 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.
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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.