Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Tasting Notes: In this midprice range some really good options for Willamette Valley Pinot can be found, this among them. Supple and rich with mixed berries, plum jam, and a hint of pepper, it's backed with citrus-inflected acidity. Still young and tart, it's a wine to enjoy over the rest of the decade.
The Domain: Alexana Terroir Series Pinot Noir is strategically complex and thoughtfully constructed to showcase Willamette Valley’s varied soils & micro-climates. The winery’s motto is that diverse soils create complex wines, and their Terroir Series Pinot Noir exemplifies this. It’s made from five of Willamette Valley’s top AVAs and showcases a broad range of soils, clones, exposures, and climates. The wine is perennially high-scoring, and at less than $40, it’s also a terrific value.
Alexana winemaker Bryan Weil gained invaluable experience while working at one of Oregon’s highest quality producers, Domaine Serene. His Pinot Noirs are deeply expressive, sensual, and rich in complexity.
The Estate farms their Vineyards Biodynamically, resulting in a pure and natural fruit expression, complemented with just ten months in barrel. The final blend encompasses eleven different clones of Pinot Noir, which shows in the vast complexity and delicately layered nuances.