Joleté Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $29

By on July 27, 2018

jolete pinot noir nv bottle - Joleté Wines 2016 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $29Even though Jim Sanders pulls from three sites in the North Willamette Valley, his latest work under the Joleté label may remind some of a bigger style from California rather than Burgundy. Dark notes of plum, black cherry and bayberry transition to delicious balanced flavors of cherry, dark raspberry, violets and nutmeg. It’s a complex, fruity and spicy Pinot Noir that’s nicely balanced, finishing with long and soft tannins. Indeed, this lives up to the brand’s name, which translates to “a happy gathering.”

Rating: Excellent

Production: 266 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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