Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This complex and intriguing wine offers layered aromas of red and black raspberries, fresh Oregon strawberries, brown spice and cedar. Its aromas are reflected on a palate that speaks of purity and elegance, and is exceptionally balanced with firm tannins and a persistent finish. This wine will pair beautifully with the Pinot noir classics - lamb, duck, grilled salmon, and aged cheeses.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Pinot Noir Elizabeth's Reserve is a blend of all nine of the single vineyards utilized by Adelsheim. My personal favorite in the portfolio, it is certainly a testament to the art of blending. The wine spent 10 months in 30% new oak. Medium ruby in color, it sports an already complex bouquet of smoke, Asian spices, incense, underbrush, rose petal, cherry, and black raspberry. Medium-bodied on the palate, this elegant effort manages to cram loads of savory, spicy fruit into its frame. With outstanding volume and fruit intensity, it will evolve effortlessly for 3-4 years and deliver prime drinking from 2013 to 2023. "
Wine Spectator - "Light, focused and impressive for the clarity of its perfumed cherry, raspberry and floral flavors, lingering beautifully against refined tannins. Drink now through 2016. "
Wine Enthusiast - "This barrel selection from the best estate vineyards is given just 10 months aging in 30% new oak. The fruit is exceptional – a mix of red berries with tasteful threads of caramel sneaking into the finish. Let it breathe—it’s a baby—but very nicely proportioned and showing layers of detail throughout a lingering finish."
Wine & Spirits - "Still wound up in itself, this wine shows plenty of promise in its scents of licorice root and cedar. While the fruit is slow to emerge, when it does it's delicate and leanly expressed. After a day, a core of red cherry develops in the middle palate, while fruit tannin firmly defines the finish. This will need time to evolve. "
International Wine Cellar - "Deep red. Black raspberry and cherry on the nose, with complicating notes of mocha, anise and dried rose. Ripe but energetic, offering sweet dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness with air. A hint of smokiness builds on the finish, which strongly echoes the cherry note. Give this some decanter time or just lose it in the cellar for a few more years."
Burghound.com - "Like the Quarter Mile, the nose displayed plenty of oak influence but unlike its stable mate, aeration did not completely abate the intensity of the wood yet there is enough mid-palate concentration that in time, it should successfully integrate. There is good depth and fine overall balance and this should prove to be an excellent wine in time though note that this is very much a baby at the moment.
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Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operatedc winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder, David Adelsheim, has done work throughout the years to benefit both the Oregon and American wine industries: grape and wine research, wine labeling, industry education, and promotion. He is recognized for is "outstanding service" to the industry and has played a vital role in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its reputation worldwide. Today, he leads a current generation of passionate staff devoted to leading the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines. View all Adelsheim 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 & 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.