RouteStock Route 99W Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Our Pinot Noir is a fresh, pleasing wine that captures the character of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The color is a light, translucent ruby hue characteristic of Pinot Noir. The bouquet reveals notes of raspberry, baked cherries, violets and orange zest with a hint of herbs. On the palate, look for notes of raspberry, cranberry and spice enveloped in a light, food-friendly acidity. This wine will continue to improve in bottle for the next two to three years.
Wine & Spirits - "Made for the Wilson Daniels group by the Ponzi family, this affordable red has a high-toned kirschwasser scent with a touch of raspberry, reminiscent of Beaujolais. Hints of smoke and root spice tug at the generous fruit. A simple pinot for a picnic. - Best Buy"
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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 CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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14 ratings, 6 with reviewsKerosene - Hopkins, MN34/28/2012
A drinkable but not notable example of Oregon Pinot. There just wasn't much depth to stand out. For the price (~$20) I much preferred the Maysara Three Degrees Pinot.43/2/201241/9/2012312/14/2011A nice Pinot. Good value.310/28/2011310/19/2011Very Good wine for the price, but a little light for my taste which leans toward a bolder Cabernet wine. Great price!19/28/2011Bjs - Traverse City, MI49/17/2011
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Yummy..better day 235/10/2011Pretty weak tasting with no outstanding flavor. Got better with air, and perhaps will moreso with time. Not terrible, but was disappointed. Screw-top lid. Actually better the second day. Weird.nala123 - Palos Heights, IL45/15/2011
- Light & Fruity
Good, drinkable Pinot Noir. Would definitely buy it again.
- Light & Fruity
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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