Fall Releases: 2016 Willamette Valley pinot & 2015 Reserve pinots
2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, $26
Finally! A return to a more "Oregonian" pinot. The 2016 Willamette Valley pinot noir has lovely bright, supple fruit with a lighter weight than the previous couple of vintages. Great value. 624 cases produced.
2015 Winemaker Cuvee Pinot Noir, $45
Bold and lush but well balanced and elegant. This is a fuller bodied but elegant pinot noir that you could drink now or cellar for several years. Seven barrels of mostly Pommard-clone pinot from Eola-Amity and Dundee Hills fermented with native yeasts. 160 cases produced.
2015 Lia's Vineyard Pinot Noir, $55
828-clone pinot noir from this dry-farmed vineyard was fermented as 100% whole cluster with native yeasts. The wine is sinewy and muscular but simultaneously pretty and very feminine. 47 cases produced.
The Columbian - Interview with Pam Walden
"At Portland’s SE Wine Collective, she crafts her Willful label employing naked fermentation (not adding yeast) to bring out the truest sense of the vineyard and vintage. Her efforts to make her own way are being noticed. Prince of Pinot gave her 2014 Willful Winemaker Cuvée Pinot Noir 92 points and Wine Enthusiast came through at 90. This 100 percent Pommard clone wine captures what Walden strives for in pinot noir...."