Much of my wine exploration occurs at either one of two times; after a long arduous day of working on a project and so need a reprieve, or mused by a feeling evoked from, believe it or not, the weather. In the case of my Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2009 discovery, it was after one of those arduous days.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards is located in Oregon state and admittedly, in an area of the US with which I have not done much wine exploration. Yamhill themselves have been around for over 30 years do everything on site, from growing through to bottling.
On colour, the Yamhill Pinot Noir Estate holds a claret red hue. On the nose, scents of leather, cherry, and rosemary are present. On the palate, you’ll see that the Yamhill folks themselves were not kidding when they said, “If you are looking for a Pinot Noir that packs a little more punch than your typical strawberries and earth – you have come to the right place”. Though their Pinot Noir did give that earth feel, tastes of deep minerality, spice, oak and chocolate were also abundant.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $24.95
We gave this wine a score of 3 out of 5