Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
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Lenné Estate | 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley
Blind taste the wines of Lenné Estate, and you find any preconceived notions about ‘Oregon Pinot Noirs’ dropping away. Tasting Steve Lutz’s wines from Lenné Estate brings me back to Burgundy – to purity of fruit, expression of site, and a complexity that invariably makes me smile. Yet these wines have their own stories to tell. This is one of them.
Wine: Lenné Estate Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
Suggested Retail: $38.00
Robe: Translucent ruby robe.
Nose: Red raspberry, cherry, white mocha.
Palate: The estate’s ‘entry’ level cuvée comprises one half Pommard clones, and the other half of clones 115, 114, 777, and 667. Do not confuse this consumer-friendly wine with their secondary label, Le Nez.
Nothing ‘entry level’ about this wine. Light body, silky tannins, balanced acids, elegant medium-length finish.
Suggested Pairings: This wine sings its own song, and for the price, you’ll be singing, too. Reminiscent of a well-made Santenay, with a lightness and warmth that lends itself well to an Indian Summer repast of salmon and salad, but also a subtlety that shifts right into more complex fall and winter fare. Truly a wine for all seasons.
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