Flaneur Wines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
Historically one of our favorite wines to drink on Easter Sunday is Pinot Noir. Whether you are serving classic ham, lamb or turkey dishes, Pinot is a perfect pairing. This Pinot Noir is one of our under-the-radar discoveries from Oregon. A flâneur is defined as a leisurely wanderer, a worldly explorer, and a connoisseur of life. The word, hailing from 19th-century France, captures the idea that the mind functions best at a slow pace, and that curiosity can uncover a life of significance. It is, as Charles Baudelaire wrote so eloquently, a life of juxtaposition: alone yet surrounded by bustle, slow yet continuously moving forward. The owners of Flâneur Wines are flâneurs at their core, passionate artisans joined together by the desire to slow down, observe the world, and create delicious wines.
Sourced from their two estate vineyards in Ribbon Ridge and Chehalem Mts., this Willamette Pinot Noir was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and one large oak vessel. After a native yeast fermentation the wines were aged in barrel for 11 months - 11% new oak. A combination of 228 lt, 600 lt, and 2300 lt oak barrels were used. Light and fresh, and boasting a balance of tart red fruit and earthy characteristics, this Pinot Noir is an ideal match for many meals....or simply enjoyed by itself.
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
VinousGlistening red. Displays vibrant, spice- and mineral-accented red fruit and floral aromas and an exotic suggestion of blood orange. Shows very good energy and sharp delineation on the palate, offering gently sweet redcurrant, raspberry and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Shows a lot of character for an entry-level wine and finishes very long and subtly tannic, leaving repeating red fruit and floral notes behind. (68% sourced from La Belle Promenade and 32% from the Flanerie vineyard; 36% whole clusters and 11% new French oak)
Wine Spectator“Polished and sleek, yet elegantly structured, with appealing cherry, bramble and savory spice flavors that build toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025.”
Wine EnthusiastSourced from the winery's La Belle Promenade and Flanerie vineyards, this wine delivers sharply etched berry and cherry fruit flavors, with a dollop of brown sugar. Light citrus acidity underlies an astringent finish, which builds interest with hints of cherry tobacco and cola.