Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Nice clear cherry fruit accented by a bit of licorice and a base of baking spice, earth and a little hint of salmui cellar and a big floral top note. There’s really nice richness up front here, not sweet or heavy, just rich with excellent depth of black cherry flavor that quickly turns rather aromatic in the mouth. The tannins are a touch youthful in the mouth, adding some texture and the acid well integrated lending this further density that drives a succulent, sour berry fruit finish, which pushes a nice edge of wood spice ahead of it. 92pts

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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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Editorial Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,706
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/12/2011

Nice clear cherry fruit accented by a bit of licorice and a base of baking spice, earth and a little hint of salmui cellar and a big floral top note. There’s really nice richness up front here, not sweet or heavy, just rich with excellent depth of black cherry flavor that quickly turns rather aromatic in the mouth. The tannins are a touch youthful in the mouth, adding some texture and the acid well integrated lending this further density that drives a succulent, sour berry fruit finish, which pushes a nice edge of wood spice ahead of it. 92pts


Member Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/18/2012

Great amber color. Sweet with a bit of spice. Tannins aren't too strong.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/15/2012

Light color to this Pinot. Leathery, a little older feeling in taste and texture, as if it's been aged for a while. Enjoyable, definitely.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 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
Vintage: 2008 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
Vintage: 2008 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
22920922
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 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
Vintage: 2008 09/14/2012

My favorite wine


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External Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 03/14/2014

The nose opens with bright aromas of cherry and raspberry backed by a hint of leather. Floral notes are complimented by tones of dried orange peel. The entry opens with rich flavors of brown sugar and sweet fruit cake with a touch of spice and clove. The medium bodied mouthfeel features chewy tannins and nicely balanced acidity, leading to elements of juicy red fruits on the finish. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 01/27/2012

Tasting NotesThe nose opens with bright aromas of cherry and raspberry backed by a hint of leather. Floral notes are complimented by tones of dried orange peel. The entry opens with rich flavors of brown sugar and sweet fruit cake with a touch of spice and clove. The medium bodied mouthfeel features chewy tannins and nicely balanced acidity, leading to elements of juicy red fruits on the finish. - WineryTechnical DataGrape Type: Pinot NoirPinot Noir Clones: Dijon 113, 115, 667, 777, Pommard, WadenswilSoil Type: A variety of Willamette Valley Soils including Jory (iron rich volcanic), & Laurelwood (Missoula Flood sediment and windblown, glacial loess)Appellation: Willamette ValleyHarvest Date: Sept 27 - Oct 16, 2009 Harvest StatisticsBrix: 21.5° - 26.2°Titratable acidity: 5.1 - 7.6 g/LpH: 3.35 - 3.73 Finished Wine StatisticsAlcohol: 14.5%Residual sugar: 0.2%Resveratrol: 3.5 MicromolarTitratable acidity: 5.7 g/LpH: 3.65Fermentation: Small BinBarrel Regimen: 11 Months,100...


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 03/03/2010

Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Willamette Valley 2008 750ML


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 07/26/2014

In the nose, it is savory and spicy, yet in a light and delicate way; silky smooth and soft on the palate, with tasty and defined red cherry, ripe cranberry, blueberry, plum and mild earth undertones; it shows some richness in the aftertaste, but maintains outstanding balance and weight throughout.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/06/2010

The 2007 Pinot Noir has sweet, delicatearomas of raspberries and red cherrieswith hints of cocoa and toast. The sweetand tart flavors of ripe, red cherriesand raspberries are accented by hintsof vanilla and white pepper spice. Anelegant Pinot Noir with delicate roundtannins and nicely-balanced aciditythat lingers into the silky finish. Drinknow-2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

The vintage delivers the goods-a pretty nose scented with red fruits, earth and spice, and an elegant structure that lays gently on the palate. It's ripe but laid back, with the alcohol a sensible, food-friendly 13.5%, and the wine true to varietal, with persistent flavors of cola and berry dusted with cinnamon.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 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.


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