Lenné Estate 2016 Jill’s 115 Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $55

By on May 13, 2019

Steven and Karen Lutz began to establish five clones of Pinot Noir across 15 acres of vineyard due south of WillaKenzie Estate back in 2001, but Dijon clone 115 deserves the focus for this three-barrel selection. Among the special touches on the label include hand-numbered bottles (900 produced) and its namesake, Karen’s mother – Jill. And this was a thrill to evaluate. The nose of dark cherry, plum and raspberry come with secondary notes of cocoa, cola and cigar box. Inside, it’s creamy approach is rich, fleshy and fruit-driven as flavors of blueberry pie, more cherry and baking spices are capped a rewarding finish maple and vanilla. The winemaker’s forecast is that this will be at full bloom in 6-10 years, but like so many from the 2016 vintage, it’s quite delicious already.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 75 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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