2014 Route Stock Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1250668 91 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buy* Fresh and inviting, open-textured and refined, with plum, currant and floral flavors that dance through the supple finish. Shows generosity and finesse, finishing on a roasted note. (Web-2016) (HS)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Nicely ripened and yet balanced to firmness with a solid streak of youthful, cherry-like fruit running its length, this well-made, mid-sized Pinot wine goes right to the varietal point. It is slightly juicy and comes with a careful trim of sweet oak, and, if not an especially potent wine, it has the fruity confidence and balance to hold up and improve for several years.  (2/2016)

Wine & Spirits

 Ripe and rich, with an aroma of fig compote, this wine’s cherry flavors and tarry notes are suited to braised lamb.  (4/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 Sporting a big burst of juicy cranberry fruit, this young wine, one of the first Pinots to be released from the 2014 vintage, is easy to like. There's nothing too fussy here, just tangy red fruit set against balanced acids and light tannins. (PG)  (4/2016)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2016 | Send Email
Routestock Pinot is a great example of just how fun, drinkable and plentiful the 2014 vintage is in Oregon for Pinot Noir. The vintage was easy and uneventful, just like the winemakers hope for; in fact many winemakers from the Willamette Valley told me something along the lines of “2014 was the easiest vintage I could ever remember.” What does that mean in practice? The wines of 2014 are ripe, lush, easy-going, fruit centered and drinkable on release and while the vintage was certainly on the hot side I’ve seen very little in the way of desiccated fruit, issues with sugar or physiological ripeness. Oh and did I mention there is a ton of wine to go around in 2014 with yields being higher than anyone can remember without giving up quality.
Routestock is a great early return for the vintage. Made by one of the early family wineries in the valley, hint: look up the longitude and latitude on the label if you want to know where this comes from, this combines 40+ years of family wine making knowledge with the relationships that are needed to source top quality fruit from the Valley. Pretty and complex the nose of black cherry, loganberry, amaro and fried sage is fully formed and alluring from the pop of the screw cap. Flavors of cherry skin, pomegranate, orange pith, medicinal spices and tangy wild berry dovetail nicely to the surprisingly long and savory finish that wraps in some mushroom fritters and beef jus. This is one of the first in a long line of tremendous 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir offers we are sure to send you this year.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2016 | Send Email
Route Stock is a wine crafted for the team at Wilson Daniels that highlights the storied roads leading through the most renowned domestic regions. Looking for the ideal expression of a plot on that specific path (they do Napa Cab and Carneros Chardonnay too), what we have here is a secret label of a famed Willamette Pinot from the great 2014 vintage at a terrific price. This one deftly balances a bright and juicy profile with the elegance that is Willamette's signature. Seamless textures lead to a slightly spicy and lingering finish that shows it will pair well with a meal but can stand on its own as well. Developing more nuance on day two, it shows aging potential but drinks well off the bat with a bit of air.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2016 | Send Email
Rock solid Pinot from the Willamette Valley for under $20. Supple texture, not overtly ripe or acidic. It shows notes of red raspberry, Bing cherry and rose-hip on the attack that tapers into some darker flavors of baking spices and dried violets on the finish. This is a great glass of wine by one of the Valley's most prominent producers. Come grab a few.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.6