Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017, Oregon. Bursting with dark currant flavours, with a touch of spice and wood aroma adding further depth and complexity. Beautiful soft tannins and minerality make for an elegant and well-rounded wine. Deep and brilliant dark ruby color. On the nose, aromas of red fruits pair elegantly with a touch of spice and wood. Flavors such as cherries and currants standout in the mouth and finish with soft tannins and a pleasant minerality.
Inspired by the beauty of Oregon’s rolling vineyards, this sophisticated blend has been developed by its gifted Burgundian winemaking team. Guillaume Large takes the lead on the winemaking front, with support from Jacques Lardière and Thibault Gagey – a truly talented trio who previously earned their stripes working for the renowned Louis Jadot, owners of Résonance Vineyards. Together, they have begun an exciting journey developing this innovative project in Oregon.
The result is a vibrant yet refined blend, created from two estate and one sourced vineyards. Résonance Vineyard, purchased in 2013, is located in the Yamhill-Carlton District AVA, a modest 13ha property nestled within the gently rolling foothills of the Oregon Coast Range. With 8ha of the vineyard dedicated to Pinot Noir, the vineyard sits on an arched area of a low, west-east facing ridge and lies at an altitude of 80-150 meters above sea level. Soils are primarily Willakenzie (old sedimentary deposits) and Yamhill (ancient submarine basaltic soil). The non-grafted rootstocks were planted in 1981, meaning the dry-farmed vineyard is now one of the oldest in the Willamette Valley.
The Jadot team subsequently acquired the Découverte Vineyard in 2014, located in the Dundee Hills AVA, allowing this particular blend to be enhanced by the diversity of both estates’ vineyards. Notably, both are organically managed and certified. This Pinot is further enriched by the inclusion of fruit sourced from one of the top vineyards in the Willamette Valley, resulting in a balanced and refined wine bursting with dark currant flavours, with a touch of spice and wood aroma adding further depth and complexity. Beautifully soft tannins and minerality make for an elegant and well-rounded wine. Whilst refined in style, this Pinot is both approachable and versatile, ready to be enjoyed in the 2020s.
A perfect pairing for grilled salmon to enjoy in the summer evenings, or if fish isn’t your thing, accompany with some roast pork for a Sunday treat, utterly delightful!