2014 Lemelson "Thea's Selection" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1284385 93 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blueberries, bark and berry character. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. A more structured and tannic 2014. Give it time to soften. Better in 2019.  (11/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 **#68 In Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2016** Polished, expressive and deftly balanced, this is generous with its baby powder-accented cherry, lingonberry and floral flavors. Remains open and inviting through the long finish. Drink now through 2022. 9,950 cases made.  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Keith Palace | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
With grapes sourced from their seven organic estate vineyards, this Pinot is a great expression of Willamette Valley's 2014 vintage. The nose leads with hints of strawberries, shoe leather and a bit of dusty earth while the palate offers up ripe but subtle cherry notes with bright red fruits and a long fresh finish. Medium plus acid with a focused tannin structure, this wine is still a little tight right now. A little time in the bottle will do this one justice.
Drink from 2018 to 2022

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
This Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is full of ripe red berry fruit, Bing cherry, rose water and baking spices. It's lush, round and full on the palate, while offering plenty of acid drive and structure on the finish. At $28, this bottle is quite versatile, you can drink it tonight with a nice pork chop, or lay it down for a few years to see how it develops. I say do a little of both...
Drink from 2016 to 2023

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
Wonderful freshness and vibrancy from this well-balanced Willamette Pinot Noir from Lemelson. On the nose there are bright, rich fruit aromas of raspberry and plum, with a floral violet lift. On the palate, there is just enough tannin and acid to give the fruit a fresh, crunchy feel. This is the type of bottle that disappears the quickest at a dinner gathering.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
Showcasing the beauty of the 2014 vintage in Willamette Valley the Lemelson marries tart red cherry with floral, darker berry, and spice notes. Medium bodied with good driving acid and structure, this wine should age nicely in addition to being able to enjoy now.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
Simply put 2014 is a superstar vintage in the Willamette Valley. Whether it’s Pinot Noir or the myriad of white wines made in the valley everything was of the highest quality and to make the vintage even better there were extremely high yields as well meaning that there is plenty of wine to go around.
A perfect example of the extremely high quality of 2014 is the Lemelson Thea’s Selection Pinot Noir. This pours a clear, vibrant ruby color and has a heady nose of typical Oregonian earth, bitter cherry, amaro, pine needles and freshly picked raspberries. Easy going, but without sacrificing complexity or depth, this wine has a lovely zest and red fruited energy with fun flavors of Bing cherry, cola, vanilla bean, whole clove and loganberry preserves. A warm, coating finish with enjoyable heft and building, richer notes of café con leche, chocolate covered cherries and touches of tar and sweetened cranberry juice round out this crowd pleasing Pinot Noir. But if you don’t want to take our word for it Wine Spectator placed this in their Top 100 wines of 2016 article at #68. Not bad for a wine under $30!

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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 (%): 13.5