RouteStock Route 99W Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
The 2011 Routestock Pinot Noir has a compelling nose of lavender, hibiscus, black tea, caramel and hard candy. The mouth is bright and structured with hints of cinnamon stick, cranberry and chai spice finishing with soft, velvety tannins.
Wine & Spirits - "An affordable classic from multiple sources, this cool-vintage red has a bright cherry scent marked by a sanguine bottom note. The flavors are savory, the mid-palate generous and marked by a bergamot lift to the finish.
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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 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 CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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8 ratings, 5 with reviewsJ Maccord - Portland, OR47/4/2013
Great example of dependable Willamette Valley Pinots. Everything you'd expect from a good pinot noir. I would definitely buy more of this one!anthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN45/11/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Nice wine at a fair price. Like the balance between the bright cherry fruit and spicy, cola flavors. Very easy to drink if not all that complex.Hilton - Roland, AR44/23/2014rossaroni - Pasadena, CA32/8/2014This was a surprising value in inot noir from this generally-overpriced region. Not a thing like a French Burgogne, but then, I did not expect Burgundian chracter. Wonderfully fruity ovrtones and smooth as silk, a great value for this particular wine. We ordered more.11/22/2014A watery, light-in-the-loafers plonk that has all of the character and charm of a Miley Cyrus routine, which is to say none.Bk2014 - Lawrence, KS21/6/2014Scott Davidson - Canonsburg, PA311/24/2013
- Light & Fruity
Kerosene - Hopkins, MN48/21/2013
- Light & Fruity
This is a lovely lower-priced Oregon Pinot that works for everyday dinners. It has enough substance to differentiate from the entry-level Pinots at only a 10-20% premium.
- Smooth & Supple
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.
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