Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2015
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
As refreshing as liquid fruit salad in a glass, this wine is deep ruby in color and opens with vibrant aromas of bing cherry, blackberry and cocoa with a hint of earthiness. Flavors mirror aromas with a fruit-forward and sweet entry, juicy mid-palate that flows into a soft, well-rounded finish accented by bright acidity. Peak drinkability 2016 - 2019.
Because of its unique structure, this is the wineries most versatile food wine, pairing with everything from pizza and barbeque to Thai and sushi.
Wine Enthusiast - "This bright and fruity Beaujolais-style wine is as light and refreshing as a young wine can possibly be. It delivers a smile-inducing burst of strawberry and cherry fruit—round, ripe and juicy. You absolutely want to drink this sometime in 2016 while all that youthful energy remains. Editors’ Choice."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Brilliant red. Sexy, spice-accented red berry and floral pastille scents show very good clarity and lift. Juicy, seamless and light on its feet, offering appealingly sweet raspberry, cola and allspice flavors that deepen on the back half. Finishes on a lingering floral note, displaying strong persistence and very soft tannins that sneak in late."
Willamette Valley Vineyards
A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from an idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. In the beginning, he hand watered the vines with seventeen lengths of 75' garden hose.
Numerous classes at UC Davis, and seminars from here to France, sharpened Jim’s viticultural skills and in 1989 he was ready to build his dream--a world class winery in the Willamette Valley--and make cool-climate varietals, especially Pinot Noir.
Jim's vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to grow world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in over 9,000 owners. The winery's Common (WVVI) and Preferred (WVVIP) are traded on the NASDAQ.
Willamette Valley Vineyards has collaboratively grown its estate vineyards through partnerships like the merger with Oregon wine industry pioneer, Bill Fuller of Tualatin Vineyards (established in 1973), the O'Briens for Elton Vineyard (established in 1983) and Loeza Vineyard (planted in 2016). The winery now sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot Noir from its estate vineyards, practices environmentally sustainable farming and were part of the founding of the Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) certification. View all Willamette Valley Vineyards 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 is a 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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26 ratings, 2 with reviewsSputerbug - Abbott, TX53/10/2017JJ- - Tyler, TX510/21/2016Anonymous - Tampa, FL55/8/201754/22/201744/15/201743/29/201743/15/201753/6/2017
terrific wine, great flavor, one of my favorites53/2/201742/22/2017Rugrat5288 - Charlestown, NH52/9/2017Anonymous - Lincoln, NE52/4/2017Shindog - Santa Fe, NM52/2/2017
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Beautiful light and fruity Pinot. I am not usually a huge Pinot fan, but I could drink this every day. Not for someone wanting the big and bold, but beautiful taste, color and finish.kc2014 - Honolulu, HI51/20/2017Tartan Army - Laconia, NH41/17/2017Ocallahan - New Bern, NC51/14/2017brooklyndrinks - Brooklyn, NY51/3/2017
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