Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

By on April 9, 2017

Rather than fruit and barrel influences that jump from the glass, in this case, there’s delicate and gentle nature to the flagship wine from Jim Bernau. Its delightfully fresh and shy nose is nonetheless beautiful because it gently reveals cranberry, a whiff of garden beds after first sprinkle of rain and a hint of bramble. The palate encourages continued sips to peel back the lovely layers of tingly acid, bright fruit and lingering finish of cinnamon and clove. This melange from Elton, Bill Fuller’s Tualatin Estate and the Salem Hills planting surrounding the winery earned a gold medal at the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 15,485 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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