Panther Creek Winemaker's Cuvee Pinot Noir 2017
The nose of this refined Pinot Noir features strawberries, black cherry and chocolate, with a hint of raspberry. The palate has notes of black currant, coffee, and a hint of tobacco that’s rounded out by soft tannins and a balanced finish. Enjoy on its own or with roasted lamb with a mint sauce, or spaghetti and red tomato sauce.
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There’s a rich array of very fresh, red-cherry and spiced red-plum aromas on offer here, leading to a palate that’s well composed, concentrated and complete. Fresh red fruit abounds. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Again this is a fine value at an entry-level price for Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Sourced from virtually all of the winery’s vineyard-designate barrels, this is a pretty wine with lovely raspberry and cherry fruit. The palate is smooth, almost silky, and the nuanced acidity puts a splash of citrus in the finish.
Fresh and lithe, with vibrant raspberry, orange zest and tea flavors that persist toward taut yet refined tannins. Drink now through 2023.
Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Panther Creek Cellars has been producing signature Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay wines since 1986. The winery has been recognized for its signature blends as well as single vineyard designate wines.
“Panther Creek has a storied history and I’m eager to build on that legacy,” says Tony Rynders, winemaker. “I have been making wine in Oregon for almost 20 years, and I look forward to beginning this chapter with one of Oregon’s most established Pinot Noir producers, founded by one of the wine industry’s great heroes, Ken Wright.”
Our goal, in making Panther Creek wine, is simple: We hope that each wine will express the personality of its vintage and character of its vineyard. This expressiveness is the essence of great Oregon Pinot Noir. Our wines are crafted to complement a variety of foods, as well as be enjoyed on their own. We believe that great Pinot Noir can be enjoyed as a young, fresh wine that showcases ripe, sweet fruit, as well as an older, mature wine that features unparalleled complexity and beauty.
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.