2012 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Bernau Block

Estate: Willamette Valley Vineyards
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States of America
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard


Tasting Note:May 28, 2016

One of the higher end Pinot Noirs from Willamette Valley Vineyards. Crimson red with garnet hued edges. Lots of aromatics with red cherries and perfume. Some greenery started to appear and slightly stinky undertones. Palate was slightly metallic and vegetal with moderate acidity (6.5/10). Moderate body and moderate finish with notes of metal and asparagus. Hopefully with time the notes in the finish wear off.

Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV) was established in 1983 by Jim Bernau who has had a profound influence on sculpting the wine region in Oregon. Starting in 1981 Jim represented the Oregon Winegrowers in the passage of the Oregon Wine Advisory Board promoting the industry. Later on WVV was grandfathered into federal law when the American Viticultural Area was federally authorized. Aside from promoting the wine industry in Oregon, Jim also was recognized for creating the first system of environmental stewardship in American agriculture, the Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) certification, along with receiving the first "Hero of Salmon" award by Salmon Safe. Additionally in the wine industry he was recognized and honored with the Los Heroes de Salud! award for contribution in providing healthcare to Oregon's vineyard workers. There are over 9,000 wine enthusiast shareholders vested in WVV, this was possible because Jim conducted the first "crowd funding" for a winery to build WVV by obtaining permission from the SEC in 1988, expanding the laws for community based funding for small businesses.

This bottling is made exclusively from 15 acres of original plantings off the Estate Vineyard. Joe Ibrahim is the winemaker for WVV, his career in the wine industry started when he interned for a small family-owned winery in Northern Vermont, next step was Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estate in Washington State, then was offered a position at Gallo Family where he learned to make sparkling wine and spirits, last stop before WVV was Edna Valley Vineyards where he truly learned about making cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Drink Dates:

2016 till 2020.


85 points.

Price Point:

$$ - Provided as a sample from the estate. Can be purchased for $55.00 from the estate.