Valcan Cellars 2016 Rainbow’s End Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

By on July 27, 2020
valcan cellars logo - Valcan Cellars 2016 Rainbow's End Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

As the winemaker for Silvan Ridge, JP Valot works with larger lots of Pinot Noir. While he focuses on Syrah, Malbec and Tempranillo for his own young label, he shows off his versatility with this hedonistic example of Pinot Noir from Rainbow’s End Vineyard, a site in the Coast Range foothills southwest of his Valcan Cellars tasting room in downtown Corvallis. He devoted nearly two years in a four-barrel program that included one new cask, which helps make for a nose of Moroccan spices behind blackcurrant, blueberry and sun-dried cherry tomato. There’s a rich and full mouthfeel surrounding those same ripe purple fruits, which are capped by fine-grained tannins and elderberry.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 104 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

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