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Monday, February 22, 2010

2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir

I must admit I have a soft spot when it comes to the 2007 Oregon vintage. Many consider it to be somewhat of a wash because of the austerity of some of the wines. I however, love it's cool weather style and streamlined elegance that reminds me of Burgundy. Although Burgundy comes to mind because of the absence of lush fruit, there is a minerality and terroir that is reflected in these wines that is uniquely Oregon. I love a wine that speaks to it's home and the 07' vintage did just that.

I also visited Oregon Pinot Camp when they were pouring this vintage, so I was able to get a real spectrum of how the wines were showing. Check out my pictures of camp here!

This wine is a relatively large production (only in terms of Willamette though) at around 37,000 cases. It was made with a variety of Pinot Clones such as Dijon 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, Pommard, and Wadenswil.

I would first like to note the color of the wine which is quite light but also very typical of the vintage. When comparing it to the 2006 Pinot's from Willamette it's quite easy to differentiate the vintage simply from the color.

On the nose I get classic Pinot Noir aromas of wild raspberries, red cherry, cola, cocoa, and rhubarb. There is a very pronounced mineral/soil component that reminds me of crushed rocks and chalk. This wine becomes twice as aromatic if it is exposed to the proper amount of oxygen, so get out you Vinturi aerator or a decanter if you have one.

On the palate I get sweet and very tart cherry notes that combine with lots of crushed rock, mineral, rhubarb, white pepper, spice, and hints of toast. The wine is dry and tart and the fruit very delicate. There's just the slightest touch of alcohol on the finish which is not anything too intrusive.

This is a food friendly wine because of it's sharp acidity and delicate fruit flavors. I can see roasted salmon or a very tender and slightly undercooked piece of beef being the perfect pairing for this wine. Or perhaps a cranberry glazed pork tenderloin! 89 Points

Michael Hughes said...

I couldn't agree more. I absolutely adore the '07s for the very reason you describe here. The elegance & austerity is so alluring. The 07s are drinking fantastically right now. Have you had andy Cooper Mountain pinots?

thomas said...

Yes I have had the Cooper Mountain stuff. Great Pinot indeed! Cheers and thanks for the comment!

Claudia said...

Writing it all down - getting out of my Italian wine rut!

Stella said...

I agree that many wines from Oregon have a certain minerality to them that is distinct. I don't really drink Pinot Noir on a regular basis, because I like a heavier red. Maybe I will have try this one though...

Joanne Olivieri said...

This sounds good, I'll have to check it out. I love Pinot's

thomas said...

Thanks for the comment guys!

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