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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2009
Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106655)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The stylistic vision of this wine is to capture pure Pinot Noir fruit carbonically fermented with beautiful depth and structure. The methodology includes attention to detail from vineyard to bottle. The vineyards for this wine are chosen for the ripe style of wine they tend to produce. The fruit is gently conveyed into the top manway of stainless steel fermenters which have been sparged with CO2 gas. The whole clusters of fruit are sprayed with yeast, then dropped gently into the tank. The tanks are heated to 85 degrees F and sealed tightly to contain the carbonic atmosphere. The fermentation is allowed to go 14-21 days and pressing takes place when the fruit character is ideal and tannin levels from the stems are not yet expressed. After pressing, fermentation is completed over a 7 - 10 day period in stainless steel tanks. PH is monitored closely as malolactic fermentation commences until the desired balance is achieved.

As refreshing as liquid fruit salad in a glass, this wine opens with explosive aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, and a hint of smoke and anise. Flavors mirror the aromas and are complemented by balanced, soft tannins and ripe acidity. Juicy flavors lead to a juicy pomegranite finish. This wine holds an elegant, refined weight on the palate throughout, inviting another sip. Meant to drink young. Enjoy this wine now through 2014.

Perfect with bold cheeses, Thai food and pizza. If lightly chilled, the perfect pairing for a summer picnic. Also an excellent match for grilled fish or chicken - a good choice for a summer BBQ.

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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:

United in the dream of building a world class winery in Oregon, thousands of wine enthusiasts joined winegrower Jim Bernau to create Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is regarded as one of Oregon's top wineries. Since 1983, the winery has grown to produce some of the highest-rated Pinot Noirs in the U.S. Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Willamette Valley Vineyards one of "America's Great Pinot Noir Producers." Their wines have been served at the White House and are recommended by wine critic and author Andrea Immer, Food Network's Rachael Ray and Public Broadcasting's chefs Caprial and John Pence.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' goal is to make the highest quality Burgundian varietals possible from the Willamette Valley. Their approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Bernau's stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth and richness of mouth feel and balance.

The people of Willamette Valley Vineyards are deeply committed to being good stewards of the land using natural means to promote soil nutrition and vine health. Both the Estate and Tualatin vineyards are LIVE certified and designated "Salmon Safe" by the Pacific Rivers Council.