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Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

A beautiful wine that truly expresses the terroir of the red, volcanic earth where it was grown. Aromas of red fruits, violets, clove, and tea leaf. Flavors mirror aromas with juicy bing cherry, lavender, earth and mineral followed by an elegant finish that lingers with spicy cinnamon and clove notes. The mouthfeel is round and generous with a concentrated mid-palate and good acidity. Appealing now, but will further reward those who cellar this wine. Peak drinkability is between 2007-2011.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/18/2013

Stemmy and almost a bit minty on the nose with sage and balsam layered over vanilla framed raspberry fruit. Fres, precise and zesty on entry, this shows off super polished and supple tannins and sport plenty of well integrated acidity in a rather sleek and elegant package. The texture is just gorgeous, a hint of fleshiness, cherry and raspberry toned, wrapped around the taut, linear structure. Though the flavors are low key and restrained this does gain some nice soil tones on the back end that lead to a clean, refreshing that is brief if finish studded with fresh raspberry flavors. 86pts


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Snooth User: skullmagnonman
98456936
3.00 5
12/04/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,582
2.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/10/2012

Very light in color, somewhat thin and watery without much else. Red cherry, Rancher's watermelon and some light floral notes.


Snooth User: bobcatpunk
959686568
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/04/2012

light, red fruit, easy to drink


Snooth User: Steve Peter
760553111
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 09/22/2011

The nose has aspberry, stawberry, and a light hint of wonderful stink. On the palate, this is bright and amazingly fruity, with very soft tannins and a great acidic bite on the back end.


Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 02/26/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: tomkarlo
2927149
4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 07/29/2007

Four glasses


External Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon

External Review
Vintage: 2010 09/27/2011

A jazzy red, displaying pretty cherry and raspberry fruit on a deftly balanced frame, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/19/2011

The fruit jumps out and says, "drink me now." This is a no-frills, unpretentious party-style of Pinot, but unlike most of the cheap California stuff it has some weight behind its fruit. Pleasing black cherry and blackberry flavors are right up front, with sturdy tannins providing a solid foundation.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/19/2011

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
Vintage: 2010 05/19/2011

Medium cherry-red. Floral, candied aromas of raspberry, strawberry and banana, with a hint of bubblegum; Beaujolais-like. Juicy and spicy, with restrained sweetness and a repeating banana note. This reminded me of bug juice at summer camp. Nicely fresh, lean wine with a dry-edged, peppery finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/19/2011

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


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/19/2011

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


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/19/2011

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.


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A beautiful wine that truly expresses the terroir of the red, volcanic earth where it was grown. Aromas of red fruits, violets, clove, and tea leaf. Flavors mirror aromas with juicy bing cherry, lavender, earth and mineral followed by an elegant finish that lingers with spicy cinnamon and clove notes. The mouthfeel is round and generous with a concentrated mid-palate and good acidity. Appealing now, but will further reward those who cellar this wine. Peak drinkability is between 2007-2011.

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