Pinot In the City - Day 6: Chehalem 2013 Three Vineyard Pinot Noir

It's Day 6 of a 12-day look at Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley leading up to a special Dallas and Austin event hosted by Willamette Valley Wines called Pinot In the City. Each day, I’ll offer a few notes on a Pinot Noir from a different producer—all of whom will be in attendance to share their wines at Pinot In the City. 

The event, Pinot in the City in Dallas (Jan 24) and Austin (Jan. 26), will offer a special preview tasting of Willamette Valley wines that is open to the public with a VIP tasting at 5pm and a General Admission tasting at 6pm in each city on the respective dates. Check out WillametteWines.com (http://willamettewines.com/event/pinot-in-the-city/) for more information.

Day 6: Chehalem Winery 2013 Three Vineyard Pinot Noir, $32

A happy blend from three unique vineyards, this wine adds elegance and finesse to the everyday Pinot Noir. Cranberry, cinnamon, rosemary, and smoke. I imagine this may be a little bit how heaven smells at the first breathe of autumn. The palate is like the warm hug of an old friend, with a touch of tart red fruit, savory herbs and sautéed mushrooms that finishes with soft tannin and a thirst for more. For $32, I’d welcome a glass of this everyday, indeed. 

Of Note: 

Producer: 

Aged 11 months in barrel, 10% new and 12% 1-year-old French oak barrels

Alcohol by volume: 12.9% 

Total Production: 7,588 cases