Pinot In the City - Day 7: Willamette Valley Vineyards 2014 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir

Today is Day 7 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 7: Willamette Valley Winery 2014 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, $22

Opulent and elegant, this wine is an instant crowd-pleaser. The fruit is rich and concentrated n both the nose and the palate with macerated blackberry, cassis, blueberry, cherry and strawberry leading the senses balanced with warm baking spices, smoky charcuterie and a subtle earthiness. This luscious expression of Pinot Noir gains its rich structure from whole cluster fermentation, a stylistic choice during the winemaking process that affords this wine a fresh and velvety body. 

Of Note: 

Producer: Willamette Valley Vineyards

Alcohol By Volume: 13.7%

New 2015 currently available