93 points - James Suckling
Sourced from old vine plantings at our Elton Vineyard, founded in 1983 by Dick and Betty O’Brien, on the east-southeast slopes of the Eola-Amity Hills.
The wine expresses beautiful movement and dark fruit flavors of blackberry, currant and plum accented by minerality, cedar, anise and bergamot. The wine features a broad palate, velvety tannins, balancing acidity and lingering finish.
Celebrating Bill Fuller’s milestone 46th vintage in Oregon, our 2019 Vintage 46 Pinot Noir is crafted by Bill from his favorite blocks at Tualatin Estate Vineyard using his traditional techniques.
Special: Mix & Match 4 or 6 bottles the 2019 Vintage 46 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and enjoy special savings through September 30th.
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Garnet in the glass, the wine opens with complex notes of plum, currant, cassis, anise and cedar. The palate offers a smooth entry with flavors of rich dark fruits, leather and cigar box with a full-bodied velvety texture and elegant structure of integrated tannins and balancing acidity.
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.
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.
Our 2017 AVA Pinot Noir Series represents different areas within the Willamette Valley American Viticulture Area including Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton. Made with the same winemaking techniques, these wines express the terroir of their unique vineyard sites.
Offering a nose of fragrant rose, sandalwood and black cherry notes, the approach is bright as the wine moves into darker fruit notes on the palate with the addition of lavender, milk chocolate and minerality. Rich for the vintage, the wine is framed by lush tannins and balancing acidity.
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 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.
91 points - International Wine Report
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
92 points & Gold Medal - Savor Northwest
90 points - James Suckling
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.
Case special: Save 20% on a case of this new release, complimentary ground shipping and one of your bottles will be signed by Jim Bernau.
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.
92 points - Wine Advocate
90 points - Wine Enthusiast
Sourced exclusively from one of the oldest vineyards planted in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, Stone Valley Vineyard. Only 153 cases produced.
This single vineyard designate from Stone Valley exudes the character of the cobblestone rocks with an aromatically brooding nose of black cherry, brambled fruit, brine, smoked meat, ash and minerality all giving way to a full-bodied, richly concentrated palate with dense flavors, refined tannins and an overall sensation of balance, but holding on to an elegant and silky feel.
90 points - Wine Enthusiast
Named after the owner’s daughter, Hannah Vineyard is adjacent to our Tualatin Estate Vineyard in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain Range and is protected by a rain shadow, making it warmer than the rest of the Willamette Valley.
Garnet in color, the wine opens with red cherry, raspberry, floral and minerality notes that lead on the nose and into an elegant, round palate with deep concentration and flavors of cranberry, dried herbs, anise and bergamot.
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.