2013 Chehalem "Three Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1271826 91 points Wine Spectator

 Light and sleek, open-textured and appealing, with delicate plum and guava flavors, riding on a glassy frame into a vivid finish. Drink now through 2023. (HS)  (2/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Three Vineyard is much more refined on the nose compared to the 2012, with well-behaved crushed strawberry and Morello scents neatly aligned. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, moderate acidity and a slightly chewy but appealing finish. A little rustic perhaps, but good value. (NM)  (3/2015)


 Bright red. Lively and sharply focused on the nose and palate, offering zesty red fruit and peppery spice qualities and a hint of orange zest. Shows good energy and cut on the finish, which is firmed by dusty, slightly rigid tannins. (JR)  (7/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 This blend of the three estate vineyards is the first Pinot to be released from each vintage. Here it spent time in 22% oak, roughly half new. Cranberry, pomengranate, dried herbs and some gently earthy tannins combine in a tart, gulpable style. (PG)  (12/2015)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2016 | Send Email
Elegant and delicate, with lift and light body that would be great chilled, the Three Vineyard Pinot shows rose petal on the nose with fresh cranberry fruit that gives way to deeper plum through to the dustier finish. (The plusher 2014 vintage been a big seller for us in half bottles, too – picnic perfect!)

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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 (%): 12.9