2010 Lange Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1109924 92 points Wine & Spirits

 A "Best Buy" designation from Wine & Spirits Magazine. The nose initially hints at boysenberryjam with a touch of sweet pea flower,then opens into sweet cherry and savory notes of black pepper and game. The palate is bright yet complex, with red cherry, cranberry, and herb, cascading into subtle oak spice, caramel, coffee and fine grained tannins.  (9/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Smooth and eloquent, delivering a lovely cascade of polished plum, currant and cranberry, shaded with cream and herb as the finish lingers easily. Offers depth and transparency. Drink now through 2017. 4,000 cases made. (Web-2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light red. Musky red fruits on the nose, with complicating notes of orange zest and fresh bay. Spicy and taut, offering lively redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that pick up a bitter quality with air. Finishes tight and dry, with good cut and lingering spiciness.  (7/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 This well-made Pinot sports tart strawberry and raspberry fruit, focused and lightly spicy. In the heart of the wine are accents of sandalwood and toasty oak, which run through the penetrating finish.  (10/2012)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2012 | Send Email
Right now there is a steady pipeline of affordable and delicious Pinot Noir headed our way. The 2010 Lange Willamette Valley bottling is a perfect example of this if you missed out on some of the recent wines; or if you loved them and would like more. From a small family run winery that produced its first vintage all the way back in 1987 this entry level bottling over delivers for $20. My one piece of advice here is to dump this wine in a decanter or open it about an hour and a half before you drink it. This helps the aromatics out tremendously and brings out the savory cherry, sandalwood, wet clay and bay leaf notes that make this wine so pleasing. Along with the fresh, high toned, red fruited flavors and enjoyably persistent earthen streak with steaks of Portabella mushroom and fern fronds this is undoubtedly Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The 10 months in 25% new French oak has given this a sort of caressing toastiness that is never obtuse and adds dimension to the wine. Maybe it is time to start stocking up for the Holidays?

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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.