Enjoy 20% off Oregon Pinot Noir october 15-17.
With thin skins and packed clusters of fruit requiring low yields, Pinot Noir is a finicky and expensive wine to produce. But it does not come without reward – when done right, Pinot Noir makes some of the best wine in the world. Known best as the king grape in the Burgundy region of France, the history of Pinot Noir in Oregon is one of triumph. In 1965, Oregon wine pioneer David Lett (founder of Eyrie Vineyards) planted the first Pinot Noir vines in the Willamette Valley. In 1979, Lett took his wines to compete in Paris and placed third amongst the Pinot Noirs of Burgundy. After a rematch was requested, the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir took second, and instantly put Oregon on the map for producing world-class Pinot Noir. But what makes Oregon a great region for this fragile wine grape?
Best suited for long, cool growing seasons and intermediate climates, Pinot Noir is basically a wine grape made for Oregon. With thin skin and packed clusters of grapes, Pinot Noir is a delicate, light to medium body wine with more red fruit flavor than tannins. The region of Burgundy and the Willamette Valley share the same latitude, and thus, similar climates. This paired with the additional cooling breeze from the Pacific Ocean fertile soil from the Missoula floods create the ideal terroir for Pinot Noir.
about Willamette Valley pinot noirs
Due to the rich and diverse soil in the Willamette Valley, different AVAs (specified viticulture regions) can produce Pinot Noir with varying primary tasting notes. From light and fruity to full and earthy, there is truly a bottle for all wine lovers in the region! See below for tasting notes on Pinot Noirs from different Willamette Valley AVAs.
PRIMARY TASTING NOTES OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY AVA PINOT NOIRS
Chehalem Mountain: Cherry, Black Tea & Cinnamon
Ribbon Ridge: Cranberries & Dirt
Dundee Hills: Raspberry & Black Tea
Yamhill-Carlton: Black Cherries & Vanilla
McMinnville: Plum & Pine
Eola-Amity Hills: Plums, Currants & Five Spice
Sale valid October 15-17, 2021. Sale limited to stock on hand. No additional discount.