Region: Willamette Valley, OR
Ah, Oregon. Said by many winemakers to be the closest terroir to Burgundy. Pinot Noir is a finicky grape, fragile and susceptible to a range of dangers. It likes what it likes - cool climates and mild weather patterns. If given all of the above, one can expect Pinot Noir to deliver an exquisite, light in color, acidic wine that tends to pair extremely well with food.
The Cornerstone Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir is just such a wine. It is a strikingly translucent ruby red in color with a nose of bright berries and dusty earth. Savor the fruit flavors of cranberry and raspberry that transition to violets, wet leaves, cola and a touch of caramel. The tannins are minimal while the acidity is impressive, as you would expect with a premium quality Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley.
Grapes100% Pinot Noir (51% Yamhill–Carlton, 32% Eola Hills, 10% Chehalem Mountains, 7% Dundee Hills AVAs)
AgeabilityDrink now or over the next 3 years
- 2015 was an extraordinary growing season in the Willamette Valley
- Pinot Noir for this wine comes from select premium vineyards, including Hirschy, Saffron Fields, Schindler, Julon, Gran Moraine, Clay Court and Open Claim
- 15 months in barrel (50% New French oak barrels, 50% 2-Year French oak barrels)