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.
On the Nose: The bright ruby hues illustrate a classically styled Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Fresh aromas of strawberry, dried orange peel and potpourri delight the senses as the wine unfolds.
On the Palate: The palate provides further depth of flavor with bright cherry, red currant and black tea notes. The wine greets the palate with a warm, balanced mouthfeel of light tannins and natural acidity.
Food Pairings: This wine pairs well with savory food dishes and subtle sweet or savory sauces including seared scallops with strawberry balsamic glaze, cedar-plank salmon, chicken marsala and wood-fired flatbreads.
Peak Drinkability: 2023 - 2028
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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native Jim Bernau with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Our approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management and create wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Stewardship of the land is fundamental to our winemaking and all of the vineyards have been certified sustainable through LIVE and Salmon-Safe programs since 1997.
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