2016 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
The Willamette Valley is nestled between the Cascades and the Coast Range. While the region is increasing in acclaim, farming Pinot Noir in such a cool reach of the world is a challenge. Frosts can occur at anytime and daylight is limited throughout much of the year. These elegant wines are impressive and distinguished.
The Willamette Valley is a 150-mile long valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The valley contains numerous waterways including the Willamette River which flows the entire length of the area and continuously deposits highly fertile alluvial soils across its broad, flat plain. As a result, the Willamette Valley is best known for its agricultural accomplishments, which include a flourishing wine industry and surprisingly, Christmas trees. In fact, Oregon farmers harvests 4.7 million Christmas trees, by far the most of any state, making it the Christmas tree capital of the United States.
The 2016 Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley boasts flavors of robust cherry and hints of currants laced with mocha tannins. The wine is medium-bodied with a spiced mouthfeel and gentle acidity making it an elegant, distinguished wine.
This wine is both elegant and distinguished, and is perfectly suited to pair with a wide range of foods. Because of its gentle acidity and robust spiciness, it is one of the few varietals that pairs well with either a delicate, poached salmon or a rich, braised duck breast. Pinot Noir can also be enjoyed with roasted chicken or pasta dishes and stews like beef bourguignon.