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Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • W&S 90
  • WS 90
  • ST 90
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Winemaker Notes

A lovely, precocious wine with a brilliant, deep garnet color and seductive, lush aromatics, in this wine spice and fruits dominate. Rich pie cherry and dried cherry impressions, with plummy blue and black fruit for depth and richness anchor the palate and lead to a sweet fruit entry. Tea leaves and spices are assertive, whether showing gingerbread, molasses, nutmeg, cardamon or delicate black pepper. The balance is almost perfect, with great acid,... View More

Critical Acclaim

W&S 90
Wine & Spirits

Warm and fresh with a scent of ripe strawberries, this wine's flavors are loose-limbed and juicy, but a fruit skin tannin element holds all the ripeness in check. It's an ideal red for chilling and drinking as an aperitif.
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WS 90
Wine Spectator

Light and silky, dancing delicately over refined tannins and lively acidity to show red berry, cinnamon and clove flavors as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2017.

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ST 90
International Wine Cellar

Bright red. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are complicated by Asian spices and orange peel. Silky in texture and gently sweet, with vibrant strawberry and black raspberry flavors and a touch of bitter cherry. The supple, intensely fruit finish is spicy, focused and nicely persistent. This drinks well now but has the spine to age.

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Chehalem, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Chehalem
With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control.