2017 Broadley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1380541 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 One of the first of the 2017s to be released, this elegant, sophisticated wine dramatically outperforms its price point. The luminous color, pretty floral aromatics and subtle integration of fruit all suggest a wine that could easily bear a reserve label. Raspberry and cherry fruit, sweet spices, polished tannins and supple acidity pull it together nicely, even at such a young age. *Editors’ Choice* (PG)  (3/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Plump and expressive, with lively raspberry and spice flavors that show a hint of fresh earth. Offers a long, supple finish. Drink now through 2025.  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Ever the maverick, Craig Broadley was one of the first visionaries to see the potential in Willamette Valley for fine winemaking, but he wasn't content to run with his contemporaries and plant in the cooler reaches of the northern half of the valley. He bucked that trend (which itself was considered a crazy man's gambit at the time) and planted his vineyard on a warm site in most southerly part of the valley. As gambles go, this one paid off in spades, and since the early 1980s, they've been producing reference point Pinot Noirs from their estate vineyards, as well as a Willamette Valley AVA blend from choice fruit contracts established long ago. The 2017 bottling is a riveting expression of the new pattern of Oregon growing seasons - warm and sunny summers followed by temperate, leisurely harvests. In short, the grapes thrive in these conditions. If you're wondering what the new face of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is going to be, it's best to turn to one of the old guard originals.


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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2019 | Send Email
As one immersed in both books and wine, it was a delight to discover that Craig Broadley once worked in publishing at the venerable City Lights bookstore in San Francisco before following his other passion and relocating with his wife to rural Oregon in the late seventies to cultivate vines. Forty years later and his precision-harvested, organically-farmed wines have become highly regarded for their complex, whole cluster spectrum of flavors, nuanced red fruit and refined structure. Aromas of violets and earth and spice intermingle with flavors of ripe cherry and orange peel, bookended by subdued tannins, leading to a thoroughly satisfying ending. To steal a hack publishing phrase, this mouthwatering Pinot is all but ‘unputdownable’, especially at this bestseller price! Drink up!
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By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
In a line up of other domestic Pinot Noirs, the Broadley stood out. It is no surprise since it is made from a single vineyard on the Broadley estate that is farmed organically and that generations of the Broadley family have passed down their passion to our current wine makers. It is filled to the brim with that passion- full of red and black berries, toasted baking spices, just hints of oak and a solid backbone of structure that keeps the palate long and full. It is perfect for cheese pairing or cocktail hour, but serious enough to pair with your Sunday dinner.

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Varietal:

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.
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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.