2011 Willamette Valley Pinot – 91 Points & Best Buy in Wine & Spirits

Best Buy

“Relatively lush for the coolness of the vintage, this velvety red leads with dark cherry scents gathered by a tarry earthiness. Its flavors stay dark and savory, the gripping tannins a touch furry, suggesting that it’s packed with potential energy. A year in the cellar will give it further definition.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

Reviews of the 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

 

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2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

97 Points. Best Buy. “This beautiful, inexpensive pinot delivers what fans around the world think of as a classic Oregon version, with bold aromatics of black cherry and truffle that seem to jump right out of the glass. From one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries—boasting a legacy of nearly four decades of great wine.” – Oregon’s 50 Best Wines Portland Monthly (October 1, 2012)

 92 Points, Best Buy & one of the “Year’s Best Pinot Noirs”. “Oak-driven with a chocolate cherry scent, this wine mellows and integrates with air, revealing a spicy black cherry core that feels warm, supple and giving. The tannins are round, the finish fresh and lively. For roast salmon.” – Wine & Spirits (April 1, 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam comments on the 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

“The 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot is a perfect example of a wine that has tons of fruit, but still has great characters other than fruit.  That’s when you know you’ve had low yields and hillside farming on great vineyard sites” – Winemaker Adam Campbell

Wine Spectator

1998 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

88 Points. “Dense, tight and chewy, packed with peppery, anise-scented black cherry and currant flavors. Best from 2002 through 2008.” (April 30, 2000)

Wine Spectator

2001 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

88 Points. “Lithe, supple style, if on the light side, with pretty raspberry and floral aromas and flavors, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2006.” (December 15, 2003)

Wine Spectator

2002 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points. “Supple and appealing for its lovely balance, rich enough in texture to let the dark cherry and vaguely licoricelike flavors sing as they linger on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2010.” (May 31, 2004)

Wine Spectator

2003 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points. “A bit firmer than most, but the cherry, currant and spice flavors keep pouring out as the finish lingers beautifully.” (June 15, 2005)

Wine Spectator

2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points. “Ripe and focused, with black currant and blackberry flavors on a firm frame, shaded with savory notes that persist nicely on the well-formed finish. Drink now through 2012.” – Harvey Steiman (September 30, 2008)

Wine Spectator

2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

91 Points. Smart Buy! “This fresh red is inviting and invigorating for its juicy black currant, plum and white pepper flavors, playing with zest against polished tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2019.” – Harvey Steiman (January 1, 2012)

Wine Press Northwest

2000 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Outstanding! “A Burgundian-style wine with aromas of black fruit, toasted oak and coffee beans. The huge, ripe fruit lasts through a lengthy finish.” (June 30, 2002)

Wine Press Northwest

2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Outstanding! “Built to be approachable in its youth, and that’s certainly the case. This opens with aromas of black cherries, vanilla, black tea and a hint of tobacco, followed by flavors of ripe cherries and bright raspberries. It’s smooth and elegant from the entry to the finish and possesses great structure throughout.” (April 1, 2008)

Wine Press Northwest

2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Excellent! (December 15, 2009)

Wine Enthusiast

2000 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points. “You don’t find much $20 Oregon Pinots this good. Forward and bright, it still has a fresh, grapey quality to the fruit, which hits the palate crisp and spicy. Hints of juniper, earth and brown sugar add interest, and the wine retains its focus though a long, satisfying finish.” – Paul Gregutt (March 31, 2003)

Wine Enthusiast

2001 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points. “Pure and inviting, with entirely typical and welcome aromas of cherry and smoky wood. The palate is mostly cherry fruit, with simple but appropriate pepper and oak shadings. The finish is just right in terms of flavor and feel, and while the wine is round enough, it retains an acid-based, streamlined character that makes it fine and dandy.” – Michael Schachner (August 31, 2003)

Wine Enthusiast

2002 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

86 Points. Buying Guide (October 31, 2004)

Wine Enthusiast

2003 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

88 Points. Buying Guide (July 31, 2005)

Wine Enthusiast

2004 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

89 Points. “Fragrant, aromatic, open, and wonderfully accessible, this smells like fresh-cut roses and violets, and tastes of cherries and chocolate. It’s a broad, smooth effort that is open and drinking well right now.” (August 31, 2006)

Wine Enthusiast

2005 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

90 Points “Good winemaking is evident here. This is clean and fresh, with light, appealing flavors of berry, cola and chocolate-covered espresso bean. The wine has a smooth, silky texture, and feels substantial without being fat or hot. It is certainly ageworthy and it wouldn’t surprise me if it lasted a decade or more. But tough to keep your hands off it right now.” – Paul Gregutt (March 31, 2007)

Wine Enthusiast

2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

90 Points. “This opens right up into a lovely, expressive nose laden with cherry blossom, plum, vanilla, and butterscotch. The core of sweet raspberry and cherry holds steady into a moderately tannic finish, etched with some green tannins and dried herbs. Smooth, silky, and substantial…” (July 1, 2008)

Wine & Spirits

2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

91 Points “Richly ripe when first poured, this gathers focus with air. Its stalwart plum flavors develop a limpid clarity in the center, a pure fruit moment that gives way to a fleshy, savory finish. It has the savory layered notes to pair with coq au vin.” – Patrick Comiskey (April 30, 2008)