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The 2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir expresses soft notes of roasted plum mixed with cocoa, tobacco, and sweet cherry. A balanced, approachable palate leaves you with hints of fresh spring earth, while notes of fig offer delicacy and freshness to this wine

Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker:  Penner-Ash
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.1%

Winemaker's Notes

A perfumed nose showcases strawberry, anise, and tea spice aromatics. Experience ripe, fresh raspberry, red plums, and strawberry compote with a hint of subtle cedar. The fine texture and silky tannins enhance the vanilla, brown sugar, and leather notes on the finish

John's Notes

Notes of fresh raspberry, blackberry, and cranberry lift easily from the glass in conjunction with gentle wafts of cinnamon and spice.  The elegant palate correspondingly reveals those same bright red/black fruits plus a gentle earthiness and light toast.  Paired beautifully with stuffed eggplant, cavatelli, and good friends.  Thanks Kris and Carl

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Penner-Ash, winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash

  • In 1998, Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash founded Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in the Northern Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Bringing to life their shared vision, through years of hard work and unyielding commitment, the pair built a reputation for lush, layered Pinot Noir, and community leadership throughout the valley

Variety:  Pinot Noir

Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon


  • The 2017 growing season started with normal bud break in mid-April, followed by a cooling trend that lengthened flowering. High temperatures in July/August followed by cool weather allowed for grapes to reach maturity with balanced acidity, a classic vintage meant for cellaring


  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellar’s Willamette Valley Pinot Noir showcases the distinguishing textures, flavor profiles and terroir of the region, with beautiful elegance and balance. Since its inaugural vintage in 1998, founding winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash has drawn upon longstanding relationships with grower neighbors and friends, to source fruit from the Willamette Valley’s most distinguished vineyards. This wine uniquely explores six sub-AVAs, culminating in a Pinot Noir emblematic of the Valley, and of the Penner-Ash winemaking style – a textural experience from start to finish
  • Vineyards: 25% Zena Crown Vineyard, 10% Aegrina Vineyard, 9% Hyland Vineyard, 8% Lillie’s Vineyard, 7% Sufi Vineyard, 7% Gran Moraine Vineyard, 6% Palmer Creek Vineyard, 5% Bramble Hill Vineyard, 5% Estate Vineyard, 5% Fennwood Vineyard; less than 5% from Shea Vineyard, Bella Vida Vineyard, Wapato Vineyard, Jory Hills Vineyard, White Walnut Vineyard, Dupee Vineyard, Maple Grove Vineyard, Maresh Vineyard, Élevée Vineyard and Kindred Vineyard
  • Harvest Date: September 13 – October 27, 2017
  • Aged for 10 months in 29% new French oak
  • Bottled September 2018

Alcohol:  14.1%

pH:  3.69

Pairs Well With: Stuffed pork chops, roasted turkey legs, grilled filet of salmon


Wilfred Wong (90): The 2017 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is on point. This wine is bright and lively with beautiful and abundant red fruit aromas and flavors. Pair it with a grilled fillet of salmon. March 4, 2020

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (90): The 2017 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley has a pale to medium ruby color and opens with crunchy cranberries, blackberries, pomegranate, dried herbs and dusty earth with touches of bitter peel and bark. The light-bodied, silky palate offers pure, earth-laced, crunchy fruits, finely grained and fresh on the earthy finish. “We picked some grapes early and some later and blended them, in an effort to retain natural acidity without having to acidify,” says winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash. April 2020

Vinous Media (90): Deep magenta. Spice-accented dark berries, cherry cola, mocha and rose oil on the fragrant nose. Sappy, palate-coating blackberry and bitter cherry flavors are joined by a smoky nuance that emerges with air. A hint of dark chocolate sneaks in on the persistent finish, which is framed by dusty, mounting tannins. 29% new oak.  August 2020

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