Ayres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
What a vintage to be a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir cluster! Ayres' Ribbon Ridge estate fruit and the winery's leased vineyard within the Yamhill-Carlton AVA experienced a perfect growing season! Enjoy the plum, cherry, leather, and baking spice notes of this approachable Pinot Noir.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Pinot Noir has a pale to medium ruby color and perfume of crushed cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, cinnamon, clove and pipe tobacco with warm earth and tea leaf notions. The palate is medium-bodied with bright red berry fruit, a grainy frame and long, fresh finish.
Home of some of the planet’s most amazingly elegant and expressive Pinot noir, the Willamette Valley is a pastoral, mixed landscape of green, bucolic rolling hills, dramatic forestlands and small, independent, friendly wine growers. As a leader in environmental stewardship, the valley has some of the nation’s most protective land use policies, with two-thirds of its vineyards farmed sustainably and over half, organically. While the valley claims a cool, continental climate, and is heavily influenced by the cold, moist winds of the Pacific Ocean, its warm and dry summers allow for the steady, even ripening of Pinot noir.
The potential of Willamette Valley Pinot noir continues to attract the investment of serious growers and winemakers both locally and from abroad, as naturally the finished wines bring accolades from professionals and enthusiasts. With a range of styles from delicate dried cherry, raspberry and hibiscus to stronger notes of truffle, mocha, plum and spice, a fine Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a perfect expression of both character and grace.