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Lange Estates Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2012 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard, which debuted in 1996, spent 12 months in 50% new French oak. The wood is nicely embroidered...
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Lange Estates Pinot Noir Three Hills Cuvee 2011 750ml

Rated 90 - While the Langes' regular 2011 Pinot Noir bottling seemed to reflect the challenges its vintage and the need to put respectable but...
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Lemelson Vineyards Pinot Noir Jerome Reserve 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Brilliant ruby-red. Intense raspberry, cherry and floral pastille scents are given depth by suggestions of cola and licorice pastille....

Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Regularly described as being the grape varietal responsible for producing the world's most romantic wines, Pinot Noir has long been associated with elegance and a broad range of flavors The name means 'black pine' in French, and this is due to the fact that the fruit of this particular varietal is especially dark in color, and hangs in a conical shape, like that of a pine cone. Despite being grown today in almost every wine producing country, Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because it is especially susceptible to various forms of mold and mildew, and thrives best in steady, cooler climates. However, the quality of the fruit has ensured that wineries and vintners have persevered with the varietal, and new technologies and methods have overcome many of the problems it presents. Alongside this, the wide popularity and enthusiasm for this grape has ensured it will remain a firm favorite amongst wine drinkers for many years to come.
The beautiful wine region of Willamette Valley is located in Oregon, one of the main wine producing states of the USA. As in much of Oregon, Willamette Valley benefits enormously from the long, hot summers the state enjoys, and the mineral rich soils which typify the wine regions found there. Willamette Valley has built up a powerful reputation over the past few decades as one of the New World's leading producers of high quality, flavorful and characterful Pinot Noir wines, as the grapes of the Pinot Noir vine thrive particularly well in the region's climatic conditions. Willamette Valley is a fascinating wine region, and is a fine representative for the state of Oregon. Innovative techniques and wine making methods are fairly commonplace there, and the overall produce of the region seems to get better each year.