I set out looking for a Pinot Noir since I had just purchased fantastic Pinot Noir glasses and was excited to give them a whirl. I selected Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012 because I appreciated the tech filled details on the label, along with bits of the estate’s winemaking philosophy and sustainability practices. Native Oregonian Jim Bernau founded Willamette Valley Vineyards in 1983 with a mission to grow cool climate varietals using sustainable practices in order to produce classic wines that display the character of where they were grown. The estate has 50 acres of vineyards that are planted in well-drained, iron rich volcanic soils, similar to the red clay soils found in Grand Cru areas of Burgundy. Each vineyard lot is hand harvested, fermented and barreled separately to preserve and emphasize the nature of each varietal. They are the first winery in the world to use cork that has been certified through the Rainforest Alliance to Forest Stewardship Council, “the cork tree is never cut down, but continues to sequester carbon throughout its long life”.
Clear, deep ruby-red in colour with aromas of raspberry, cherry and green olive. Vibrant fruit flavours of cherry, strawberry and raspberry were underscored by pleasantly astringent green tea tannins and traces of earth in the medium body. Lightly spiced white peppercorn and hints of smooth leather comprised the silky smooth finish. This is an expressive glass bursting with vivid fruit along with a balancing fresh acidity and warm earth notes.
100% Pinot Noir
Produced & Bottled by Willamette Valley Vineyards
Enjoy now thru 2015