Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the beautifully fruit-centric pinot noir wines from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Blessed with a diversity of soil composition, and a temperate climate with maritime influences, the Willamette Valley is about as ideal a place to grow the finicky pinot noir grape as anywhere. The warm days and cool nights contribute to even ripening, intense fruit characteristics, and bright acidity. In general, they are a touch bolder than their French cousins and a bit rounder than the pinot noir revolution going on Down Under. They display flavors of wild strawberry, dark cherry, graphite, tea and bramble. Stony minerality is another hallmark feature of these wines.