Willamette Valley Vineyards Ocsw Pinot Noir 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The stylistic vision of this wine is pure Pinot Noir fruit with a soft 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 is gently destemmed with approximately 70% of the grape berries remaining intact for intra-berry fermentation (which adds fruitiness). Prior to fermentation, the must undergoes a four day cold soak extraction to improve fruitiness and mouthfeel. After 3-5 days the must is inoculated with yeast and allowed to warm up to peak fermentation temperature of 88 degrees F. Fermentation takes place for approximately 10 days in small lot ¾ ton, 11/2 ton and 10 ton vessels. Three times daily, we gently mix the cap back into the juice for greater flavor and color extraction. This is done by hand punch down in the smaller fermenters. In the 10 ton fermenters, the cap is mixed back into the fermenting juice through a process call pneumatage where blasts of air are introduced at the bottom of the fermenter causing the skins to be drawn back down the inside wall of the fermenter. A light pressing takes place at under 1% sweetness before the juice is allowed to settle in stainless over night. The following day the new wine is barreled with light fluffy lees where it finishes primary fermentation and undergoes malolactic fermentation.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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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

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Snooth User: ffrindak
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3.00 5
03/29/2011

Three glasses



Tasting Notes:

Bright aromas of raspberry and cherry are complimented by sweet tones of brown sugar and nutmeg, as well as muskier notes of sandalwood, clove and tobacco. Opens with rich red fruit flavors of black cherry backed by a hint of sandalwood. The round mouthfeel features refined and velvety tannins and nicely balanced acidity, leading to light black pepper spice and tart strawberry on the finish.

The stylistic vision of this wine is pure Pinot Noir fruit with a soft 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 is gently destemmed with approximately 70% of the grape berries remaining intact for intra-berry fermentation (which adds fruitiness). Prior to fermentation, the must undergoes a four day cold soak extraction to improve fruitiness and mouthfeel. After 3-5 days the must is inoculated with yeast and allowed to warm up to peak fermentation temperature of 88 degrees F. Fermentation takes place for approximately 10 days in small lot ¾ ton, 11/2 ton and 10 ton vessels. Three times daily, we gently mix the cap back into the juice for greater flavor and color extraction. This is done by hand punch down in the smaller fermenters. In the 10 ton fermenters, the cap is mixed back into the fermenting juice through a process call pneumatage where blasts of air are introduced at the bottom of the fermenter causing the skins to be drawn back down the inside wall of the fermenter. A light pressing takes place at under 1% sweetness before the juice is allowed to settle in stainless over night. The following day the new wine is barreled with light fluffy lees where it finishes primary fermentation and undergoes malolactic fermentation.

Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12.8% pH: 3.65
Sugar: .2 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.2 grams per liter

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