Woodman Wines & Spirits presents a Pinot Noir from Oregon to look for at Vintages…

Willamette Valley Vineyards
Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2019
LCBO #17687 | $29.95

The Draw:
“Whole Cluster” – a phrase that persistently gets sommeliers excited, like Drake at a Raptors game. Also known as carbonic maceration, using whole grape clusters rather than destemmed fruit generally induces a bright, fragrant result. But this isn’t Beaujolais Nouveau, and it isn’t run-of-the-mill Oregon Pinot either. It’s juicy, incandescent, lip-smacking, chill-me-and-have-fun wine. Bowls of berries, a hint of chocolate; zippy and pretty.

The Winery:
Founded in 1983 by Jim Bernau, Willamette Valley Vineyards has methodically grown and sourced from several prestigious sites. Farming across a variety of soils including volcanic Jory loams, deep clay, and Laurelwood, their program has recently begun introducing elements of biodynamism as well. Overall, they practice sustainable farming, and present at the founding of the Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) program.

Pairings and Tips:
Another candidate for light chilling, make sure this gets about 30 minutes in the fridge. Try to keep the meal upbeat: sweet and tangy BBQ, spicy Asian or Indian dishes, wood-fired flatbreads, gourmet burgers or planked salmon. Drink fresh and don’t forget to stay socially distant…


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