Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The stylistic vision 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 was gently destemmed, with approximately 60% of the berries remaining intact for intra-berry fermentation (which adds fruitiness). Prior to fermentation, the must underwent a 4 day pre-fermentation cold soak providing improved fruitiness and mouthfeel. On the fourth 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.

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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

Member Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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Snooth User: aronowm2
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3.00 5
08/24/2009

sour cherry kool-aid for days with a touch of smoke. Had this with cheese ravioli and tomato sauce and it paired perfectly. great warm weather red.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.00 5
04/19/2010

Takes on more of its sister grape, gamay's qualities. Super young nose. Flavor much like a Moulin-a-Vent. Interesting to try this style and very approachable to folks as it's younger and sweeter like a Beaujolais.


Snooth User: ErikaLauren
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4.50 5
12/12/2012

This is a wonderfully accomplished wine, very smooth on the finish. A true demonstration of Pinot Noir, this wine is stellar on its own - makes a great special occasion wine for your most festive meal.


Snooth User: elvinous
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4.00 5
01/22/2010

Nice wine, not as simple as the marketing may lead one to think. Has excellent balance of fruit, acidity, complexity and freshness, and Hallelujah, not too much oak. Nice medium long finish, clean all the way through. Fantastic with grilled salmon. One of the best in the sub 20USD range, maybe the best... Evn tho WVV sez drink young, this will hold up well for another 4 years.


0.00 5
09/14/2012

My favorite wine


Snooth User: wineybikerbitch
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5.00 5
03/30/2011

Five glasses


External Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Light and approachable. Fresh scents of raspberries and bramble lead into a wine with tart acidity, forward red fruits, and some leafy flavors also. It's a balanced, nicely made everyday Pinot Noir.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

An elegant, supple and stylish wine. Vibrant aromas of black cherries, brown sugar, spices, rose petals, vanilla and typical Pinot Noir dust. Initial spicy flavors of nutmeg and barrel toast with ri


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Simple, with modest cherry and orange peel flavors that linger nicely on the supple finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

One of Oregon's better Pinot Noir values year after year is this basic bottling from Willamette Valley Vineyards. The 2006 is quite spicy with peppery highlights, and the red fruits are sleek and tart, though not green or thin. The core brings warm, somewhat round fruit flavors of pie cherry, plum, and a hint of toast from 20% new Allier barrels.


External Review
01/27/2012

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. Drink now-2014. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley was aged predominantly in tank. It is a fruity, spicy, friendly effort with plenty of flavor buttressed by lively acidity. Drink it over the next 3ndash;4 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Dark fruited and focused, this densely packed red leads with aromas of spiced plum and black cherry. The deep plummy flavors finish with a hint of mint. For pasta with wild mushrooms.


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Tasting Notes:

The 2008 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is an elegant wine that truly expresses the terroir of the three unique vineyard sites within the Willamette Valley that contribute to this bottling. Aromas of cherry, pie spice, nuts and plum, are complimented by just a hint of brown sugar sweetness on the nose. A sweet entry with flavors of tart red cherry, raspberry, orange peel, black pepper and dark chocolate. A lively, spicy sip with mouthfilling body, lively acid and balanced, round tannins. The finish is long, juicy, and just a little spicy. Appealing now but will further reward those who cellar this wine. Drink now through 2016.

The stylistic vision 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 was gently destemmed, with approximately 60% of the berries remaining intact for intra-berry fermentation (which adds fruitiness). Prior to fermentation, the must underwent a 4 day pre-fermentation cold soak providing improved fruitiness and mouthfeel. On the fourth 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.

Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.69
Sugar: .3 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.2 grams per liter

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