Pinot In the City - Day 10: Lemelson Vineyards 2011 Jerome Reserve Pinot Noir

Today is Day 10 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 ( for more information.

Day 10: Lemelson Vineyards 2011 Jerome Reserve Pinot Noir, $50

A little gem I found a couple of years ago on a trip to Willamette Valley. I liked it so much in the tasting room, I brought a few of them back home to lay down for a while. As it turns out, time has made this wine even better. A single vineyard section from this impeccably pristine producer, this Pinot Noir is rich with fresh summer cherry and Chinese five spice but lead by velvety earthy tones and a dusting of ground thyme and dried mushroom. The finish is bewitching and long-lived and beckons another taste. I look forward to opening my next bottle in another couple of years.