Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
A lovely, precocious wine with a brilliant, deep garnet color and seductive, lush aromatics, in this wine spice and fruits dominate. Rich pie cherry and dried cherry impressions, with plummy blue and black fruit for depth and richness anchor the palate and lead to a sweet fruit entry. Tea leaves and spices are assertive, whether showing gingerbread, molasses, nutmeg, cardamon or delicate black pepper. The balance is almost perfect, with great acid, excellent weight without being ponderous, no alcohol apparent, nice breadth and length on the palate, and a bright, clean and elegant finish. Elegance, richness and balance—what we all aspire to. And what a standard-bearing pinot noir should reflect.
Wine Spectator - "Light and silky, dancing delicately over refined tannins and lively acidity to show red berry, cinnamon and clove flavors as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2017."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are complicated by Asian spices and orange peel. Silky in texture and gently sweet, with vibrant strawberry and black raspberry flavors and a touch of bitter cherry. The supple, intensely fruit finish is spicy, focused and nicely persistent. This drinks well now but has the spine to age."
Wine & Spirits - "Warm and fresh with a scent of ripe strawberries, this wine's flavors are loose-limbed and juicy, but a fruit skin tannin element holds all the ripeness in check. It's an ideal red for chilling and drinking as an aperitif.
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With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control. View all Chehalem 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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14 ratings, 6 with reviewsEsmerelda99 - Boston, MA54/9/2013I was first introduced to this wine several years ago by one of my wine expert friends. It is, by far, the best pinot noir I've ever had. Smooth, subtle berry flavors. This vintage lived up to the memory of that first taste experience.Kerosene - Hopkins, MN211/22/2012
Meh. Go with the RouteStock instead.411/15/2012susan little - San Francisco, CA511/8/2012This is one of my favorite Pinots. I get a few in every order I place with Wine.com.38/20/2012Not bad. I expected more.Won't buy again.49/6/2012dth15 - Valrico, FL36/7/2012LaVerita - Long Beach, CA35/20/2012
- Light & Fruity
Perfect price point for well rounded vino - Great color/clarity, great bouquet, and very good finish. Very good buy.Mimi La Borracha - Saint Augustine, FL34/29/2012William Preston - Sugar Land, TX44/18/2012Alberto Wino - Belvedere Tiburon, CA24/7/2012gwendolyn - Oakland, CA54/2/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Opened this last night to pair with work (meaning I was drinking it on its own while typing away). It was definitely seductive. Deliciously ripe fruits, silky smooth texture, yet vibrant at the same time. Spicy or heavy foods will overpower the fruit, so pair it with something mild (roast chicken, pork chops, etc) and you'll be in heaven.Gian-Marc Capaccioli - Arlington, TX31/6/2012alderban - Navarre, FL44/28/2011
- 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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