2008 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Founders' Reserve

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • Oregon
  • Willamette Valley
Drink between 2012 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 23

  • Alpha L Likes this wine: 88 points

    December 17, 2016 - This 08 has started down the back side. It is still failrly full bodied, good nose of dark fruits, but a small bacterial taint is just starting to show. It is so faint that decanting would probably help, but I am afraid it will just fall apart if I decant it. After the second glass, I don't taste it, so all is well.

  • Alpha L Likes this wine: 89 points

    April 21, 2016 - After having so much wine the other night, I could not taste this, so I decided to open another bottle and give it a fair chance. This was a pale garnet in color. The nose was cranberry, cherry and raspberry. It had good legs, but was starting to separate indicating it is has probably reached its peak in age. The palate consisted of more cherry and cranberry along with a little clove, tobacco, light smoke and a little oak. The tannins were relatively low with fairly high acidity. It was simple, but fairly well balanced. As with a lot of Pinots, it left a feeling in the mouth of fabric, not quite satin, but also not as course as cotton. I thought the finish was medium, but as I write this, I can still feel it in my mouth, so I have to change the finish to a slight lingering long finish. I have to say, even though I like a more full-bodied wine, this was very good and I am glad I have several more bottles, but I also realize we need to drink them soon.

  • Alpha L Likes this wine:

    April 21, 2016 - To be honest, we drank this after several wines and could not give it a fair rating. The best I remember is I liked it, but I will open another bottle and try it first. I hope it is better than some of the reviews I have been reading, but I will know shortly.

  • Chrism422 Likes this wine: 87 points

    November 26, 2015 - A little past prime.

  • Duderino Does not like this wine:

    November 10, 2014 - Tart...ffruit gone.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation Founders' Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Oregon
  • SubRegion Willamette Valley
  • Appellation Willamette Valley
  • UPC Code 717071911752

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
  • In Cellars 104 (36%)
  • Consumed 186 (64%)

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