Rainstorm Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Umpqua Valley, Oregon
To craft our wonderfully balanced Rainstorm Pinot Noir, we take advantage of Oregon's diverse landscape by selecting grapes from our vineyards in the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys. With its cool, mild climate, the Willamette Valley of northern Oregon produces Pinot Noirs with an earthy, elegant style and complex flavors and subtlety. The hotter and drier climate in southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley region produces Pinot Noirs bursting with brilliant, ripe, rich fruit flavors.
Wine Spectator - "Light and tangy, with a supple texture to the tannins and a gentle thrust to the red berry and mineral flavors, lingering easily and expressively."
If diversity is the spice of life, then Oregon is an intriguing spice rack. There's much more to Rainstorm's home than snowy peaks, rugged coastlines, and foggy forests. There’s no better example of Oregon's diversity than the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys. Both regions produce spectacular Pinots. But the profound difference in weather patterns produces grapes that contribute to wildly divergent wine styles.
Rainstorm's Willamette Valley vineyard sits atop a fog-swept ridge, located east of Silverton. Their Umpqua Valley vineyard is located west of the city of Umpqua on a beautifully forested ridge. We like Pinot Noir from ridges, because the slope provides great water drainage capacity; this controls the vines' vigor and produces low yields. Low yields are ideal, as the vine is encouraged to focus its character in a smaller volume of grapes. View all Rainstorm Wines
About Umpqua Valley
The Umpqua Valley is much smaller than its northern neighbor, the Willamette Valley. Not necessarily in size, but in wine production. Like the Willamette Valley, the region lies between the Coast Range and the Cascade Range. The Umpqua Valley is a little bit drier than the Willamette, but less dry than the Rogue Valley.
Notable FactsThe soil is diverse and the grapes best suited to it include Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Some winemakers are experimenting with other varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties.
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 & 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.