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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards Tualatin Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Tualatin Estate Vineyard is a 145 acre vineyard located in the foothills of Oregon's coastal mountain range. It was established in 1973 and is among the oldest and most widely respected vineyard sites in Willamette Valley. The soils are mostly Laurelwood which is unique to Oregon and was formed over thousands of years ago by glacial silt called "loess".

This vintage was aged for 14 months in French oak and is a total production of only 340 cases.

The first thing I want to mention is the color of this wine which is darker then the standard Pinot Noir bottling from this winery that I previously reviewed. It's still relatively transparent which is indicative of the vintage, but it is a tad darker in shade.

On the nose I immediately noticed an intense bouquet of chalk and mineral. However, as the wine continues to open up I'm noticing a pronounced black licorice and graham cracker type aroma, along with delineated fruit notes of ripe cherry and mixed berry preserves.

If you're into the chameleon effect when it comes to your wines like I am, then let this wine breathe for awhile and it will change every time you smell it!

On the palate this wine is an absolute stunner! Although at first it appeared that it could be a terroir driven, mineral-type play, this Pinot absolutely sings fruit purity. I get beautiful cherry fruit, but also red plum, cranberry, and tart red raspberry.

The finish is extremely long, penetrating, mouthwatering, and is laced with some really nice toasted oak and spice notes.

This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir with perfect balance and purity. It's packed with powerful fruit flavors but is in no way over-extracted or intruded by oak. It's really Oregon at it's finest, especially in a slightly unpredictable and difficult vintage such as 07'. 94 points

Claudia said...

Do like a good Pinot Noir with some meals. Adding to increasingly long list.

Gwendolyn said...

Thanks for posting this review. I am a huge fan of WVV wines, though I have yet to taste the Tualatin Estate (though I have been to Tualatin!). Sounds amazingly delicious. Going to a wine tasting this weekend where WVV will be pouring. Perhaps they will be hiding a bottle or two under the table for special requests. Any idea how much they produce?

Thomas said...

340 cases, says it right there in the post! Cheers

 
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