2004 Carlton Winemakers' Studio Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1040840

K&L's Bryan Brick and Mike Jordan discovered the Carlton Winemakers Studio on a recent buying trip to Oregon, where they fell in love with the wines of the Studio. Started by winemaker Eric Hamacher and his wife Luisa Ponzi, the Winemakers' Studio was designed to provide artisanal Oregon winemakers with a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable space to create their wines. All of the participating wineries, which includes Hamacher Wines, Andrew Rich, Resonance Vineyard and Ribbon Ridge, among others contribute fruit, time and supplies to make this Studio wine. Some extra time in bottle has allowed this gorgeous pinot noir to fully develop into a great wine. Tangy cherry fruit, rhubarb and light oak, this is pure pinot goodness. While it's made in a lighter style, it's still packed full of rich flavor. Nuanced with hints of earth on the finish and good acidity, this is a wine to enjoy with rosemary pork chops, braised or grilled veggies and a faro salad. All this for less than $20? Yep!

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2008 | Send Email
From the outstanding 2004 vintage this wine has had plenty of time in the bottle to blossom into the great wine that it is today. Full of sweet, lip-smacking cherry fruit with touches of oak toast and rhubarb, this is pure pinot noir. Lightweight, but not lightly flavored with a long, sneaky, earth-driven finish, this is inviting and shows what Oregon can do in the realm of inexpensive pinot noir. This is one that people will be buying by the case; don’t miss out.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9