Wallace Brook Cellars Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- 13.5% abv
- screw cap wine
Wallace Brook Cellar's Willamette Valley Pinot noir has been produced from time to timesince our first release, a non-vintage blend of the 1987 and 1988 growing seasons. Today, Wallace Brook Pinotnoir continues our mission of bringing diverse flavors and textures into focus, thereby creating a complex, vintage datedPinot noir at a moderate price.
Wallace Brook Cellars Winery
Wallace Brook Cellar’s Willamette Valley Pinot noir has been produced from time to time
since our first release, a non-vintage blend of the 1987 and 1988 growing seasons. Today, Wallace Brook Pinot
noir continues our mission of bringing diverse flavors and textures into focus, thereby creating a complex, vintagedated
Pinot noir at a moderate price.
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About Willamette Valley
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 is a number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
The 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.
Oregon 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
. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
5 ratings, 3 with reviews
- Light & Fruity
- Pair With
- Pasta & Grains
Not that impressed. It was inexpensive so that's why I bought it...thought it would make an ok wine for no special occasion. Seemed to lack flavor and body.
- Light & Fruity
Tasting Notes: The Wallace Brook Pinot Noir was a surprising treat at a Second Label Wine dinner party earlier this year. It’s a very light bodied Pinot that is bursting with fresh cherries and figs as well as light plums, raspberries, clove and rose petal. The mild tannins make it an extremely versatile wine and for under $20, I find it to be an exceptional value. For a grape that can be fickle and a wine style that is prone to inconsistency in other parts of the world, I never cease to be impressed with the quality and reliability of the Pinot Noir coming out of Oregon. Food Pairing Suggestions: There are a lot of different dishes that would go with this Pinot Noir, including the usual suspects of duck, chicken or salmon. At our dinner party, however, I chose a dish of fresh Atlantic Cod on a Bacalao brandade with garlic chips, pickled eggs mimosa and fried parsley. Normally the dish would call for a rose wine, but this Wallace Brook Pinot was so light bodied that we thought it was worth a try. The results were magical – a truly perfect combination and another reason why sometimes it’s a good idea to take chances with your pairings. Yes, it could blow up in your face, but when all the stars align, you’ll see fireworks.
Very easy to drink.... smooth, soft red
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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.