Willamette Valley Vineyard’s estate Pinot noir is mix of clones, de-stemmed but with many berries remaining intact to encourage intracellular fermentation. The must had a weeklong cold soak, then was inoculated for primary fermentation. Malolactic took place in French oak barriques, 19 percent new.
It’s clear with a rosy-raspberry cast. The aromas offer lighthearted notes of fruity spice, compote, dried rose, and red cherry. The palate is light-textured, more cleansing than substantial, and the acidity is direct. Flavors of raspberry and cranberry carry the day, and the finish is pleasantly astringent. Notes of green tea and dried pine needles add dimension.
It’s a forthright red, good for lighter fare — even fish and especially salmon.
2019 Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
13.6% ABV | $32 (sample)