Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Oregon

$56.99
Item No. 111034
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • WS93
  • WE92
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 12.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Incorporating both Ridgecrest and Wind Ridge blocks from our original Ridgecrest Vineyard on Ribbon Ridge, this reserve shows the richness, density, three-dimensionality, and finesse that characterizes this AVA, at least for Chehalem wines. The half-crop yield in 2008 and cool growing season teamed with a long final ripening period gives maximum complexity and concentration. Tightly packed, this vintage will be lovely early on, but will not completely open for years and will reward aging. The aromas are red and black briery fruits, hints of dried flower, black tea and cola. The flavors are dense red fruit and complex baking spices, and the texture is silk nap, firm but very elegant, and, with good acidity, promises long aging.

Critical Acclaim

"Polished, open-textured and inviting for its cinnamon-accented red berry and wet earth flavors, mingling effectively on the refined finish. A bit disjointed, but cellaring should bring it all together nicely. Best from 2013 through 2020. 671 cases made."
93 Points

"The 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir Reserve, sourced entirely from the Ribbon Ridge AVA, was a selection of the most elegant barrels in the cellar. It proffers a sensual perfume worthy Catherine Deneuve, a silky texture with subtle flavors of wild cherry and raspberry, outstanding concentration, and well-concealed tannins that will allow 4-6 years of graceful evolution. This lengthy, finesse-filled effort will be at its best from 2014 to 2023, but that is a conservative estimate.

Under the direction of founder/winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry, Chehalem has taken full advantage of the great 2008 vintage and produced its finest set of Pinot Noirs to date."
92 Points

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Rating:
(6/23/2012)
Style: Smooth & Supple
It wasn't bad, but I think it needs a little more time (I lack the skill and experience in predicting how a wine will do over time, however). Has the subtle earthly flavors that I enjoy in good Oregon Pinots.
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Learn About Chehalem Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Other Oregon

Like many other states, Oregon itself is an AVA of note. An Oregon wine can simply state Oregon as its place of origin, which typically means the grapes came from multiple smaller AVAs within the state. Beyond the main AVAs of Oregon, like Willamette Valley, Rogue and Umpqua, smaller regions are gaining ground. Some you may see on the label include: Columbia or Walla...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) 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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