2007 Andrew Rich Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $30)

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90 points from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Vivid red. A powerfully scented bouquet evokes wild strawberry, raspberry, incense and fresh flowers. Light in body but deep in sweet red and dark berry flavor, with a refreshingly bitter cherry skin quality adding grip. Finishes with a strong echo of cherry and very good clinging persistence. (May/Jun ’09) From Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: Andrew Rich’s 2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is medium crimson-colored with an attractive perfume of earth notes, spice box, and cherry. Medium-bodied, savory, and well-balanced on the palate, it will provide pleasure through 2015. (Oct. 2009) From Wine Spectator: Charming and distinctive for a hint of guava to the red berry flavors, lingering easily on the slightly tart finish. Drink now through 2012. 825 cases made. (Dec. 31, 2009)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2010  | Send Email
I’m so sick and tired of all the negative press and talk about the 2007 Vintage for Pinot Noir in Oregon. There is so much misinformation going around that has really clouded people minds about this particular vintage. Allow me to try and help get everyone on the straight and narrow. Yes 2007 was cool, yes it was rainy but that is Oregon. The 2003 and 2006 vintages were not. The heat in those years produced giant arbitrary numbers attached to the wines by critics; it did not create great wine, and surely not typical Oregon Pinot Noir. My argument is that 2007 is much more of a typical year in Oregon where the wines have heightened aromatics, great acidity, and wonderful earthen flavors. A perfect example of that is the 2007 Andrew Rich Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The nose is wonderful here with wild strawberry and freesia wrapped into fresh pastry dough and spiciness likened to that of whole clove. The thing that really caught my attention here is the energy this wine has in the mouth with a continuation of the red fruits found on the nose and a ton of earthy sous bois and foraged mushrooms. This is a perfect wine for the upcoming Holiday Season’s traditional meals and parties.

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/27/2010  | Send Email
Wow! What a steal this wine is. I just got back from a week-long trip to the Willamette Valley and I tasted a lot of 2007s. They were elegant, balanced and built to drink now and over the next ten years, at least. The only upside to the wine press being less than enthusiastic about the vintage are incredible deals like this. Andrew Rich is an enterprising winemaker making distinctly Pacific Northwest wines out of the Carlton Winemakers' Studio. His wines have incredible depth and character, bright fruit, but with vibrant acidity and great texture. Don't miss out on this fabulous wine.

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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.
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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.
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Oregon

- 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.