2009 Yamhill Valley Vineyards Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1116256 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate offers up a fragrant perfume of smoke, cinnamon, clove, rose petal, and red cherry. This leads to a medium-bodied, intensely flavored yet elegant offering that delivers excellent depth and concentration for the vintage. It is a great value in high quality Pinot Noir. Yamhill Valley Vineyards has a relatively lengthy history for Willamette Valley, having started in 1983 in McMinnville, the oldest winery in that AVA. The wines are produced entirely from estate-grown fruit and bottled in Stelvin screw caps. The winery uses little new oak even for the top cuvees, a position which has paid off in the 2009 vintage with its relatively delicate fruit.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

Sourced entirely from Yamhill Valley Vineyards' estate vineyard in McMinnville AVA, the 2009 Pinot Noir is a great success in a fine Willamette Valley vintage. The estate is the oldest winery and the second-oldest vineyard in McMinnville, which is characterized by its ancient, eroded marine sedimentary soils. Grapes were gently extracted during a fermentation averaging about two weeks in duration, and the wine was aged in a combination of French and Oregon oak (none new) for 20 months.

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Staff Image By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2012 | Send Email
Reasonably priced/High Quality Pinot Noir is hard to find these days. The Yamhill Valley Vineyards price to quality ratio is second to none. Yamhill Valley Vineyards is not found in California all that often but is very well known in the Pacific Northwest.The Estate Pinot Noir is aged 20 months in used French and Oregon barrels. Medium bodied with bright red fruit with amazing layers of cinnamon,forest floor and clove. The wine has a great balance of bright fruit and acidity. With the holidays here, this is a great wine for meals and parties.

Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2012 | Send Email
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This is a great pinot for under $20 (definitely a tough price point for great pinots nowadays). Centered around red fruit with a little earthy spice, the wine's real quality is found in its elegance and bright acidity. This is a soft, bright, and tasty pinot with a long, lingering finish.
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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 (%): 14.5