May is Oregon Wine Month and I would like to share some information and thoughts about some of the delicious Pinot Noirs from Jackson Family Wines that I have been fortunate to work with over the past few weeks.


2015 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Lynn Penner-Ash is a superstar Oregon winemaker who just completed her 30th vintage in Oregon, and 36th overall. Her wines have been served five times at the White House, including the screw-capped Viognier served at a State Dinner for the president of China. Lynn describes this 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir as spiced plum and dark chocolate with cherry notes and a hint of oak, and a balanced, round structure finishing with a rich lushness. It is sourced from several Willamette Valley vineyards, including Aegrina, Gran Moraine, Zena Crown and the Estate Vineyard at Penner-Ash in Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Wine Spectator awarded this wine with 92 Points in its October 2017 issue. Visit Penner-Ash at https://www.pennerash.com

2016 Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Please see my post below on Siduri’s 2016 Lemoravo Pinot Noir and background on Winemaker Adam Lee and Siduri Winery. The 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards in three AVAs: Yamhill-Carlton, Chehalem Mountains, and Eola-Amity. Adam characterizes this gem as medium-bodied, with fresh red and blue fruit, with faint hints of earth and leather. Because of the good acidity on the finish, he believes it will be carried forward with the promise of a long life ahead. James Suckling gave this Pinot a 91-Point score at JamesSuckling.com. Please visit Siduri at https://www.siduri.com

2015 La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir


La Crema is the famous winery well-known for its incredible Sonoma Coast and Monterey Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, as well as small production single vineyard and AVA wines. This amazing winery, founded in 1979 also produces distinct Oregon wines including this Willamette Valley version and several sub-AVAs, including Eola-Amity Hills and Yamhill-Carlton. The 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was sourced from eight distinct vineyards in the Willamette Valley, including Gran Moraine vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton and Zena Crown vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills. Winemaker Craig McAllister describes this Pinot Noir on the nose as violets, star anise, marionberry and bay leaf. On the plate there is raspberry, boysenberry, coffee bean, dark spice and orange zest. It is an elegant wine with supple tannins and a touch of cedar that adds complexity and length. This bottling received a 91-point score from Wine Spectator. You can learn more about La Crema at https://www.lacrema.com.

2015 WillaKenzie Pinot Noir Gisèle

WillaKenzie is named after the sedimentary soil where the estate is planted. This soil, in turn, is named after Oregon’s two major rivers, the Willamette and the McKenzie, which eventually meet in Eugene. The estate was founded in 1992 by Bernard Lacroute in Yamhill-Carlton and it was the first LIVE certified winery in the Northwest. This wonderful wine, named after the founder’s sister, displays tremendous fruit intensity, reflective of the long, warm, dry 2015 growing season in the WillaMette Valley. This PInot Noir offers ample freshness, juicy red fruit and spice on the nose, carrying through to an approachable palate with wonderful fruit concentration and length. Visit WillaKenzie at http://www.willakenzie.com/home

For more information about Oregon wines, in addition to the above-mentioned websites, visit these resources: https://www.oregonwine.org/, http://willamettewines.com, https://yamhillcarlton.org, https://livecertified.org

~ by Thomas on May 29, 2018.

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