2005 Willamette Valley Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 16,731 cases, $25. Fermented in 10 ton stainless steel fermenters (the winery has more than 100 of them!), aged in 20% new French oak. Multiple clones including Dijon 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777, Pommard and Wädenswil. Aged 11 months in 20% new oak. · A lighter style of Pinot Noir loyal to its varietal character. Scents of red cherries and toasted nuts with a hint of oak are followed by simple but satisfying cherry flavors which lead to a soft landing at the finish. Nicely balanced. Not extraordinary, but perfectly fine at the dinner table. Remarkable quality for a wine produced in such large quantity. Reviewed January 30, 2008

Winery: Willamette Valley Vineyards
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