Saturday, November 7, 2020

Willamette Valley Vineyards Tualatin Estate Pinot Noir, 2017

This is a good match for the Willamette Valley Chardonnay below. It's a wine that made me sniff and sip very slowly to appreciate all the nuances.

Pinot light but bright color. Heavenly smells of red cherry, violets, earth and Pinot Noir pepper. Dances lightly on the tongue. Hard to find the tannins, but they are there, and I am sure the wine will age very well for a decade or more. Pomegranates, cranberries and, as the winemaker suggests, pumpkin spice. I have never thought about pumpkin spice as a wine descriptor, but, yes, now that you mention it, I taste it. A delicate, ethereal finish that refuses to quit. Again, not a budget wine but worth the splurge.

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