2004 Penner Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1021459 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red with a bright rim. Powerful aromas of exotic oak spice and medicinal cherry are accented by bitter chocolate and dried rose. A big, lush, mouthfilling pinot with a round texture and dense, sweet cassis and smoky kirsch flavors that build and expand without losing their precision. Really stains the palate on the back, finishing on floral and dark berry notes. (JR)  (5/2006)

Connoisseurs Guide

 If notably ripe, this bottling heads off in very different directions than its fatter, more succulence California cousins in 2004, and its bias to tannin and structural firmness is clear. Its toughness noted, it is still a moderately deep and comparatively complex wine with dark cherries, cinnamon and touches of dry chocolate hiding in back, and it should round into shape if given a couple of years in which to soften.  (6/2006)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Pinot Noir has an earthy, undergrowth, rather introverted bouquet with hints of raspberry and mulberry fruit, desiccated orange peel and marmalade just underneath. The palate is well balanced with candied orange peel, pumpkin, sunflower seeds and tertiary, almost tarry notes. It feels quite masculine towards the finish, the structure coming through, though there is some dryness on the finish suggesting this should be drunk sooner rather than later. (NM)  (6/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Big, ripe and generous, with gritty tannins around a plump core of currant and blueberry flavors, lingering well. Texture is surprising for this winery. Needs time to soften. (HS)  (9/2006)

K&L Notes

It's here, Lynn and Ron's sought after Pinot Noir, the 2004 edition. The 2003 received 93 points from Wine Spectator. If you're familiar with Lynn's wines, you know that they're always everything you'd want in Pinot. Layers of rippling cherry fruit with a zingy note of cranberry and supple, very fine tannins. Enjoy with food!

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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.


- 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.