08 Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Fermented 2010

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As refreshing as liquid fruit salad in a glass, this wine opens with vibrant and explosive aromas of cherry and raspberry that leap from the glass. Flavors mirror aromas of red and dark fruits, hibiscus and melon highlighted by leathery cigar and tobacco overtones. The mouthfeel is soft, juicy and well-rounded with fresh acidity. The velvety tannins focus on a silky mouthwatering finish, inviting the second sip. Meant to drink young. Our Founder, Jim Bernau, calls this wine, “Pinot Noir Candy”. Enjoy now through 2014. Serving Suggestions: This versatile wine is wonderful by itself or with cedar plank salmon, a filet with cherry reduction sauce or salad with dried cranberries and hazelnuts. An excellent addition to your Summer BBQ. For something slightly sweeter, pair with strawberry Crème Brulee.

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Willamette Valley Vineyards:
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Willamette Valley Vineyards approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit to produce wines of di... Read more
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Willamette Valley Vineyards approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit to produce wines of distinction, that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. All the vineyards, the Estate Vineyard, Tualatin Estate, and Elton vineyard, have been certified sustainable through LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe programs since 1997. In 2007, Willamette Valley Vineyards became the first winery in the world to use sustainable cork stoppers certified by the Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. In 2010, Willamette Valley Vineyards released their first Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine (OCSW). Willamette Valley Vineyards commitment to sustainable practices in the vineyard and winery is based on the convictions that as stewards of the land they have an obligation to walk as softly as possible, and that winegrapes grown naturally in healthy soils produce superior quality wines. Willamette Valley Vineyards also produces wines under the Griffin Creek and Tualatin Estate labels. Read less

External Reviews for 08 Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Fermented

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Fresh and lively, reminiscent of Beaujolais for its overt fruitiness, nicely shaped and supple through the finish to feature the bright currant and berry flavors. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Vivid red. Spicy raspberry and candied cherry aromas are deepened by a suggestion of roasted herbs. Lush and supple, with ripe red and dark berry flavors in a straightforward, fresh, easy-drinking package. This is the best version of this bottling I've had in some time.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Light, refreshing and appealing for its plum and bright berry flavors, finishing smooth. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Light and Beaujolais-like, with pretty blackberry fruit finishing with some exuberance. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Light red. Wild strawberry and raspberry aromas are pleasantly straightforward, picking up gentle spiciness with air. Light-bodied red berry flavors are firmed by a bitter cherry skin quality and complemented by subtle smoke and anise qualities. With its finishing sweetness and surprising persistence, this is very easy to drink.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2009 Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Fermented is light ruby red with a fruity, Beaujolais-like nose that jumps from the glass. On the palate it sports loads of juicy, spicy red fruit with enough acidity for balance. Drink this easygoing, uncomplicated, but pleasure-bent effort over the next 2ndash;3 years. It is a very good value.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Bright, with a silky feel to the red berry and raspberry flavors, which linger against a touch of lime on the lively finish. Drink now through 2012.


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As refreshing as liquid fruit salad in a glass, this wine opens with vibrant and explosive aromas of cherry and raspberry that leap from the glass. Flavors mirror aromas of red and dark fruits, hibiscus and melon highlighted by leathery cigar and tobacco overtones. The mouthfeel is soft, juicy and well-rounded with fresh acidity. The velvety tannins focus on a silky mouthwatering finish, inviting the second sip. Meant to drink young. Our Founder, Jim Bernau, calls this wine, “Pinot Noir Candy”. Enjoy now through 2014. Serving Suggestions: This versatile wine is wonderful by itself or with cedar plank salmon, a filet with cherry reduction sauce or salad with dried cranberries and hazelnuts. An excellent addition to your Summer BBQ. For something slightly sweeter, pair with strawberry Crème Brulee.

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