Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2018

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2018 Estate Pinot Noir expresses the terroir of the winery's three vineyards — the original planting by Founder Jim Bernau at the winery in the Salem Hills, Tualatin Estate planted by Oregon wine pioneer Bill Fuller in the foothills of the Coastal Range and Elton planted by Dick and Betty O'Brien on the east face of the Eola-Amity Hills.

This wine exemplifies the classic "Willamette Valley style" with complex aromas of red and bramble fruits including cherry, raspberry and blackberry accented by notes of florals and anise spice to create an alluring nose. On the palate, the wine is round and full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and flavors of dark fruit, cedar, baking spice and signature earth. Exceptionally balanced with seamlessly integrated tannins, balancing acidity and a lingering finish.

This wine will pair beautifully with traditional Pinot Noir dishes including cinnamon-rubbed Oregon lamb lollipops, duck breast with fruit compote, herb-crusted pork tenderloin, cedar plank grilled salmon, mushroom risottos and aged cheeses.

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V 91
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Deep, bright-hued red. Fresh red berry and rose oil scents pick up suggestions of cola and allspice as the wine opens up. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors enlivened by a gentle spicy element. The floral note comes back steadily on the gently tannic finish, which lingers with very good tenacity. 17% new oak.
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2018 Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir has it all together in a neat and beautiful package. TASTING NOTES: This wine shines with aromas and flavors of ripe red fruit, savory spices, and earth. Pair it with wood-smoked salmon fillets. (Tasted: December 5, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Crisp and lively avors of raspberry and pomegranate pair with orangeblossom and spiced cinnamon notes that nish with rened tannins. Best from 2022through 2028.
JS 90
James Suckling

Very vibrant cherries with some herbal accents and spicy nuances, too. The palate has a sleek delivery of tannin that is fine-grained and beds in with fresh acidity to drive a vibrant, fresh red-cherry finish.

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A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from a bold idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

The “budwood” of Willamette Valley Vineyards began long before its founding in 1983 by vintner Jim Bernau. His Dad was hired by a California winemaker to secure the first winery license in Oregon since Prohibition. Jim’s Dad allowed him small tastes of Richard Sommer’s wine, lighting a path that led Jim from home winemaking to studies at UC Davis and eventually Beaune, France.

In 1983, Jim cleared away an old pioneer plum orchard in the Salem Hills and hand-watered his first plantings using 17 lengths of 75’ garden hose.

Jim's vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to build a winery that would produce world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in more than 16,000 owners. The winery's Common (WVVI) and Preferred (WVVIP) are traded on the NASDAQ. 

The winery sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot Noir from its estate vineyards and practices environmentally sustainable farming. All of the vineyards have been certified sustainable through LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon-Safe programs since 1997.


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