Boedecker Cellars Athena Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This Pinot Noir is rich, round and lush, yet also elegant and structured. It's a wine of spice and blackberry and earth, with a hint of caramel in the very finish, it's a sensual experience interwoven into a beautiful glass of wine.
Wine Spectator - "Smooth and deep, with spicy nutmeg and pepper notes adding interest to the polished black currant and plum flavors, lingering easily on the finish. Drink now through 2018."
Boedecker Cellars Winery
Stewart and Athena, husband and wife team, founded Boedecker Cellars in 2003 in Carlton, Oregon. We craft all natural, sustainably farmed and critically acclaimed Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc from some of the finest vineyards in the Willamette Valley.
Our winemaking is based on instinct and science, taste and intuition. Everything is done by hand, and we allow indigenous yeast to work its magic as we guide it all with our obsessive attention to detail. Our barrel aging routine is traditional 18 months in French oak and we lees stir for 9 of those months and the Pinot Noirs are then bottle aged for another six months before release. We have no money, no life, except for our wines, our family and our friends whom we work to bruising and exhaustion, and we all love every minute. View all Boedecker Cellars 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.