Lange Winery Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
The 2011 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is an assemblage of Northern Willamette Valley vineyard sites and is a fine example of expert blending by Lange Winery winemakers. In their true "classique" style, this wine is imminently approachable and fruit-forward upon release. Notes of bramble and earth interplay with dark cherry, raspberry, and barrel spice. The bright yet soft palate is driven by cherry candy, apricot, cola, and hints of black licorice.
Wine & Spirits - "This leads with mocha and leather scents before plummy sweetness emerges with air. Its dark core of fruit tastes as if it were dusted with unsweetened chocolate. Give this a year in the cellar to come together."
In 1987, Don and Wendy Lange left California and followed their hearts to Oregon's North Willamette Valley. Fueled by a passion for Pinot Noir and a love of the land, they founded their winery on 30 acres in the Red Hills above Dundee. Yamhill County, where Lange Winery is located, is home to most of Oregon's vineyards and wineries. It's no coincidence that some of the best examples of Pinot Noir in the world come from this area. The Lange's first vintage consisted of the three varietals they embrace today: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Lange Winery is the first among a handful of producers to offer two styles of Pinot Gris, having pioneered a barrel fermented version of the popular varietal with their premier vintage back in 1987. View all Lange Winery 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.