Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Willamette Valley AVA Series Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $50

By on October 6, 2014

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Chehalem Mountains AVA Series Pinot NoirDon Crank, protege of the late Forrest Klaffke, features Pommard clone grapes from Alloro Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains in this segment  of the Turner, Ore., winery’s new AVA Series. One of the most acclaimed vintages in the history of Oregon Pinot Noir — taken Oct. 12 — makes for a rich and fascinating wine which opens with fresh cherry, Craisins, Jolly Rancher cherry candy and toasted marshmallow. There’s a beautiful presentation of fruit on the palate with ripe strawberry, ripe red raspberry, Rainier cherry and a fresh slice of watermelon. Its structure is one of finesse and balance as everything is lifted by brilliant acidity. Call the winery to learn when it will be released.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 154 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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