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Super-smooth palate filled with ripe cherry and red plum, and layered with a really pleasant toastiness coupled with soft but substantial tannins and a lingering earthy finish

Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker: Portlandia Vintners
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Bright youthful garnet color of medium intensity. Sweet ripe cherry and red plum aromas with a hint of minerality and spicy pipe tobacco. Aromas are medium+ intensity. Aromas repeat as flavors, with a spicy lingering finish

John's Notes

I took a couple days off last week and went to Gervasi Vineyard in Canton Ohio. I have to admit that I was somewhat reluctant given world affairs, but badly needed the down time, so my wife and I went with her brother and his wife.  Impressive – I can’t say enough about the cleanliness, hygiene processes, customer service orientation, etc.  Great job Gervasi Vineyard!

While there, I had a Pinot Noir (Chile?) and paired it with mushroom/pepperoni pizza. Simple, but a delicious combo, that made me determined to feature a tasty Pinot Noir this week

Portlandia’s Pinot Noir 2018 did not disappoint. On the nose, aromas of fresh cherries, red plum, red raspberries, and herbal tea.  On the super-smooth palate, the same primary fruit notes are layered with a really pleasant toastiness coupled with soft but substantial tannins and a lingering earthy finish; an enjoyable bottle to be sure

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Portlandia Vinters

  • Damian Davis grew up in DC-Maryland and found that his first visit to the Willamette Valley was mesmerizing. “How could you not be inspired to cook or try your hand at fermenting?” And that’s just what he did! He left the tech world behind and dove headfirst into the world of Willamette Valley wine
  • More than a decade later and his passion and love for the region has only increased and inspires their team daily

Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon


  • The Willamette Valley is relatively mild throughout the year with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. While moisture is abundant, most of the rainfall occurs in the winter, not during growing season. This temperate climate, combined with coastal marine influences, makes the gentle growing conditions within the Valley ideal for cool climate grapes such as Pinot Noir
  • Late afternoon breezes blow through the Van Duzer Corridor from the Pacific Ocean to the east. These cool, nightly breezes affect ripening by allowing for a longer hang-time in the vineyard while maintaining balanced acidity and full maturity of the berries
  • The Willamette Valley is an old volcanic and sedimentary seabed that has been overlaid with gravel, silt, rock and boulders brought by the Missoula Floods from Montana and Washington between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago. The most common of the volcanic type is red Jory soil and is between four and six feet deep and provides excellent drainage for superior quality wine grapes


  • We sourced 100% of this Pinot Noir fruit from Willamette Valley vineyards (30% Hyland, 24% Loubejac, 22% Olsen, 21% Westmount, 3% Janice)
  • These hand-selected lots from cooler Willamette Valley sites were cold-fermented in open-top vats using hand punch downs
  • Aged for 10-12 months in a combination of French and American oak
  • Bottled 6/3/19
  • Hold for up to 3-5 years or drink now

Alcohol: 14.0%

Pairs Well With:  Wood-fired mushroom pizza, pork loin, grilled burgers


Wine Enthusiast (90): This Pinot Noir includes 30% Hyland Vineyard fruit. Brisk black-cherry scents and flavors come with a roasted, grilled quality. Those charred notes carry over into the finish, which is surprisingly substantial for a wine at this price


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