92 points - Owen Bargreen
WVV was established in 1983 by a dedicated group of wine enthusiasts committed to producing among the highest quality Pinot Noirs while being good stewards of the land. As a tribute to these individuals, we have created this special blend of Pinot Noir sourced exclusively from the Willamette Valley.
94 points - Vinous
Few bottles remain of our inaugural vintage! Sourced from old vine Pommard plantings with only 656 cases produced. Each bottle is individually numbered by hand.
Deep garnet in color with aromatics of red fruits, spice and earth. On the palate more red fruits emerge accented by forest floor, striking minerality, red clay earth and sweet baking spices. The palate is plush and full-bodied with integrated tannins, balanced acidity and a lingering finish.
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92 points - Owen Bargreen
An illustration of the art of blending, Signature Cuvée is our Winemaker's selection from the finest barrels sourced from our Estate, Elton and Tualatin Estate Vineyards. With site driven diversity, we are able to craft this wine to our precise and quality standards.
91 points - Wilfred Wong, wine.com
Expressing the terroir of our three estate vineyards — the original planting by Founder Jim Bernau in the Salem Hills, Tualatin Estate planted by Oregon wine pioneer Bill Fuller in the foothills of the Coastal Range and Elton Vineyard planted by Dick and Betty O'Brien in the Eola-Amity Hills.
92 points - Wine & Spirits
91 points - Burghound
The 2008 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is an elegantly aged wine that truly expresses the terroir of the three unique vineyard sites within the Willamette Valley that contribute to this bottling. Aromas of cherry, pie spice, nuts and plum, are complemented by just a hint of brown sugar sweetness on the nose.
The 2008 vintage was marked by a cooler than average growing season producing exceptional Oregon Pinot Noir with very well developed tannic structure balanced with lively acids and bright, black and red fruit flavors.
Founder Jim Bernau traveled with the Oregon Governor's Delegation to Burgundy in the 1980s to seek out French clones to improve our state's Chardonnay quality. These vines were brought back and quarantined at Oregon State University before being propagated for use in Oregon vineyards. Naturally derived Dijon Clones from France being planted in the Willamette Valley was one of the greatest tipping points in Oregon wine quality.
Sourced from our sustainably-farmed Elton and Tualatin Estate Vineyards, the grapes were gently whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel to deliver expressive aromas and flavors with a crisp, dry finish.
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
Tualatin Estate Vineyard rests in the foothills of the Oregon Coast range and is one of the oldest plantings in Oregon, planted in 1973 by Oregon wine pioneer Bill Fuller, and now in the newly approved Tualatin Hills AVA. The unique Laurelwood soil profile at the Tualatin Estate Vineyard contributes to the complex nature of the wines.
92 points - Wine & Spirits
This library selection was sourced exclusively from 15 acres of Pinot Noir from the first plantings at the Estate Vineyard, Founder Jim Bernau planted these vines using a Christmas tree planter pulled behind his 33 horsepower tractor. He grafted the French clones 667 and 777 on a portion of the vines when they became available.
The 2009 vintage was marked by a warm growing season producing exceptional wines with very well developed and concentrated fruit flavors with lively, bright acidity balance.
For nearly two decades we have been working with growers, Don and Traute Moore, crafting the highest-quality wines from their Rogue Valley vineyards. With temperatures similar to France's Bordeaux or Rhone regions, this area is an emerging Oregon region.
The 2010 vintage was marked by a long, cool and late growing season producing exceptional wines with bright, concentrated flavors, balanced fruit and bold aromas. The wines coming out of this vintage had balanced acidity and lower alcohol levels delivering fantastic ageability.
Founder Jim Bernau's father, Fred Bernau, helped reestablish Oregon's wine industry in the early 1960s when he assisted Richard Sommer of HillCrest Vineyard in getting one of the first winery licenses post-prohibition. Jim was 10 years old at the time, so he and his brother John were allowed small tastes of Richard Sommer's wines at the dinner table.
From those small tastes, Jim's passion for Oregon wine grew. It has always been a dream of his to make a wine dedicated to his father, the help he provided to early Oregon wine pioneers and the passion he ignited in Jim. Père Ami, translated to "Father Friend," is just that.
91 points - Wine Spectator
Sourced from Quail Run Vineyards in Southern Oregon, owned by dedicated growers Don and Traute Moore who are known for being Southern Oregon’s most celebrated producer of premium wine grapes.
The 2011 vintage was dominated by a cool and late growing season, but the wines it produced have been superb. Concentrated fruit flavors are balanced with bold aromas while the acidity and lower alcohol levels insured ageability in the wine cellar.