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Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016

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WINEMAKING NOTES: The stylistic vision is pure Pinot Noir fruit with a juicy mouthfeel, balanced oak and soft, sweet, ripe tannins. The methodology includes attention to detail from vineyard to bottle. Picked at peak ripeness, the fruit was gently destemmed, with approximately 90% of the berries remaining intact for intra-berry fermentation, which adds lively fruit forward characteristics. Prior to fermentation, the must underwent a five day pre-fermentation using a non-saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain which provides improved complexity, color and mouthfeel. On the fifth day, the must was inoculated with indigenous yeast. After 8-12 days of fermentation in small fermenters, punched down by hand, the must was pressed out with about 1% residual sugar and allowed to settle in the tank overnight. The new wine was barreled with light, fluffy lees where it finished primary fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation. Alcohol: 13.9% Titratable acidity: 5.66 g/L pH: 3.54

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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 Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/02/2018

WINEMAKING NOTES: The stylistic vision is pure Pinot Noir fruit with a juicy mouthfeel, balanced oak and soft, sweet, ripe tannins. The methodology includes attention to detail from vineyard to bottle. Picked at peak ripeness, the fruit was gently destemmed, with approximately 90% of the berries remaining intact for intra-berry fermentation, which adds lively fruit forward characteristics. Prior to fermentation, the must underwent a five day pre-fermentation using a non-saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain which provides improved complexity, color and mouthfeel. On the fifth day, the must was inoculated with indigenous yeast. After 8-12 days of fermentation in small fermenters, punched down by hand, the must was pressed out with about 1% residual sugar and allowed to settle in the tank overnight. The new wine was barreled with light, fluffy lees where it finished primary fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation. Alcohol: 13.9% Titratable acidity: 5.66 g/L pH: 3.54


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 03/01/2018

TASTING NOTES: The 2015 Estate Pinot Noir expresses the terroir of our 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 “Oregon style” even with the vintage being the warmest on record. Complex aromas of black cherry, dried herbs, floral and spice create an alluring nose. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and flavors of blackberry, bergamot, anise and cedar. Exceptionally balanced with velvety tannins, lively acidity and a lingering finish. Barrel Regimen: 9 months in barrel, 23% New French Oak Alcohol: 14.3% Titratable acidity: 6.31 g/L pH: 3.61


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 09/27/2016

ABOUT THE WINE: The 2014 Estate Pinot Noir expresses the terroir of our 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. TASTING NOTES: This wine exemplifies the "Oregon style." Classic aromas of fresh red raspberry and cherry, candied walnut and orange spice create an elegant nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with flavors of red fruit, earth, game, almond and an accent of sweet barrel spice. Exceptionally balanced with silky tannins, lively acidity and a lingering finish. Appealing now but will further reward those who cellar this wine. Peak drinkability 2016-2021.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 02/15/2018

ABOUT THE WINE: The 2014 Estate Pinot Noir expresses the terroir of our 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. TASTING NOTES: This wine exemplifies the "Oregon style." Classic aromas of fresh red raspberry and cherry, candied walnut and orange spice create an elegant nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with flavors of red fruit, earth, game, almond and an accent of sweet barrel spice. Exceptionally balanced with silky tannins, lively acidity and a lingering finish. Appealing now but will further reward those who cellar this wine. Peak drinkability 2016-2021. ** Only 6 in Stock **



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