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 Karen’s Pommard Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley
Named for wine maker Steve Lutz’s wife, Karen Lutz deserves recognition in her own right. Lenné Estate draws its name from Karen’s father, Lenny, and every label features his profile. Upon his passing, Lenny’s estate helped fund the winery’s start, as did Karen’s ‘day job’ as a pharmaceuticals sales rep.
Today, due to the fruits of their success at Lenné Estate, Karen now enjoys working with Steve full time at the winery. This wine pays graceful homage to the woman for whom it’s named.
Wine: Lenné Estate Karen’s Pommard Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
Alcohol: 14.9 %
Suggested Retail: $55.00
Note: #1106 of 1500 bottles made.
Robe: Tranquil ruby robe.
Nose: Alluring ‘rosebud’, spice, mocha nose.
Palate: Silky, subtle dark cherry, cassis, cocoa bouche. Hard to believe it’s 14.9% alcohol. Very feminine approach on the palate, with a lilting finish.
This wine reminds me of those from Domaine Parent in the Burgundian village of Pommard, from where the Pommard clone draws its name.
But while Mdm. Anne Parent’s wines exude a marled, muscular elegance, Steve Lutz presents a glorious Peavine-fist-in-a-velvet Willakenzie-glove rendition from his estate in Yamhill-Carlton.
Skip dinner and head straight to dessert. This wine pairs best with Barry White on Pandora and a babysitter.
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