Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.3%
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%.
With its broad array of origins and clones,
this wine displays both red and black fruit
aromas (cherries and raspberries), on the nose
and the palate. In addition, one finds a light
touch of brown spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice).
True to our house style, it is elegantly
textured with satiny, polished tannins showing in
the finish. Pair it with salmon or ahi, veal or
pork, poultry (think duck) or beef, or hearty
"A little attenuated at first, this wine--its alcohol just north of 13 percent--quickly brightens with air, developing a cherry bouquet with a hint of briar and herb. Cherry flavors drive the palate as well, along wiht minerality that keeps the wine racy racy and pure. It will be slow to develop in the cellar, but eventually will knit with something delicate, like roast quail with wild mushrooms."
Wine & Spirits
"There are 10,000 cases of the entry-level 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley (70% from estate vineyards and 30% purchased) which was aged in 20% new oak for 10 months. Medium ruby red with a charming perfume of cedar, spice box, cherry, and raspberry, on the palate it is medium-bodied, elegant, and densely packed with savory fruit. It conceals enough ripe tannin to evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now. It will offer considerable pleasure over the next 6-8 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Smooth and velvety, this is light on its feet, glowing with red cherry and raspberry flavors, with a hint
of mint in the background. Lingers easily on the refreshing finish. Drink now through 2013."
I would rate this 3 1/2 stars. It is a very lights and fruit forward pinot noir. I would recommend letting the wine stand for a while. You can really taste the difference. I bought this bottle for $23 locally. It was a great deal!
Found at Binny's for $23 which makes me feel even better about this tasting. Definitely on the lighter side with an initial sweetness just like the label says. Slight licorice, coffee and of course cherry. Very easy to drink and a good quality Pinot. Still need a little more body and harmony for my taste. Definitely worth a try though if you like lighter, fruity Pinots.
I had this on Saturday night and had really high expectations for it, always a bad idea right? Just as risky, I paid $15 bucks for a glass, knowing full well it retails for 30 bucks. Needless to say, I'd gladly pay $15 again if I see it on a wine list. Here why: true to the vintage this was a GREAT wine, amazing juiciness, matched by pitch perfect acidity and the most elegant tannins around at any price point. Gorgeous color, the prettiest darn thing. Cherries and spices against cedar. WOW. More please.
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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...
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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...
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Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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