2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Oregon Pinot Noir
Lone Star Vineyard, Stoller Vineyards, Knudsen Vineyard
Willamette Valley AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
From a very cool growing season in the Willamette Valley comes a wonderful example of cool-climate grown Pinot Noir. The wine is alive on the nose with pie cherries, blackcaps, bergamot, and pipe tobacco. The mouth shows a lightness and grace with notes of pink peppercorn and polished leather that will keep you looking for another glass.
Wine Scores and Reviews
- 2010: Wine Spectator 90 "Light in color and texture, this Pinot displays pretty watermelon and cherry flavors that ride smoothly over velvety tannins, hinting at mint as this lingers enticingly. Drink now through 2016." - Harvey Steiman
- 2009: Wine Spectator 89 "This silky red shows pretty strawberry fruit, with a hint of licorice lurking in the background, persisting nicely. Finishes with finesse. Drink now through 2015." - Harvey Steiman
- 2008: Wine Advocate 90 "The 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, medium ruby red, it gives up an enticing nose of cedar, spice box, rose petals, cherry, and raspberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied, ripe, vibrant offering with ample spicy fruit flavors, good volume and intensity, and a medium-long finish. Drink it over the next 4-6 years."
- 2008: Wine Spectator 90 "Light and easygoing, with a real transparency to its pretty cherry, currant and guava flavors, mingling effectively with cream and delicate spice notes. This just doesn't quit on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 13,573 cases made. -HS"