2015 Kalinda Willamette Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1271543


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Tasting Notes

A good example of what we can do when a producer doesn't mind us using their name under the Kalinda moniker is the 2015 Kalinda Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. On our recent trip to the Willamette Valley, we spread the word that we were looking for a 2015 Pinot Noir to bottle under our private label. We asked numerous wineries that we know and trust, and a lot of them sent us a lot of really great wine. We already knew 2015 was shaping up to be an outstanding vintage, but we felt that that the bottling we tasted from Chehalem was the best on the table. As we were putting the details of this wine together, I asked if we could use their name in marketing the wine, and they agreed, which quite honestly makes our jobs a whole lot easier. Now all of us here at K&L can drop the allusions and hints and just tell you who the wine is from. Chehalem has long been one of our favorite wineries in the Willamette Valley. They make balanced, energetic and thoughtful wines from their numerous non-contiguous estate vineyards. These vineyards are becoming extremely well known, if not almost household names, in the world of Willamette Valley vineyards. To be specific this is a blend of four of their estate vineyards in the following proportions: 44% Ridgecrest, 21.5% Stoller, 17.5% Wind Ridge and 17% Corral Creek that were aged in 20% new and 20% once used French Oak. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic wines buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    For me this is one of the best Kalinda Pinots we have ever offered. Aromatic, with dark and bright fruits and berries, soft floral notes, earth and a touch of oak spice. The palte is balanced and fresh with more red fruit and berries jumping to the forefront. Easy tannins and fresh acidity make this wine dance on the palate.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    I have been working here at K&L for over 12 years now. The first bottle I ever purchased as an employee, on my very first day, was a 2001 Kalinda Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley. Many of the top wineries in California have generously agreed to work with us over the years, and I have enjoyed many similar bottles since then. Most recently, however, I tasted the just-released 2015 Kalinda Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this excited about one of our private label bottlings. For this wine, we teamed up with Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem Vineyards in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. 2015 marked their second warm, ripe vintage in a row, a virtual twin to the very successful 2014 vintage. The 2015 harvest yielded a large crop of high quality fruit – perfect conditions for producing a private bottling such as our Kalinda. Our blend combines fruit from four of Chehalem’s estate vineyards, the oldest of which were planted in the early 1980’s. The results are nothing short of extraordinary. This is Oregon Pinot Noir at its best, with loads of red and black berry fruit, reminiscent of the ripe, sweet blackberries and raspberries for which the Willamette Valley is equally famous. I urge you to try the wonderful range of Chehalem wines we carry. Their Ridgecrest bottling is a benchmark for great Oregon Pinot Noir, and helped to make the case for the establishment of the Ribbon Ridge AVA. For sheer value, however, you can’t beat this 2015 Kalinda offering. An incredible price, and a great introduction to the excellent work being done at this historic Oregon winery.
    Top Value!
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    Possibly the best Pinot I've tasted from our own Kalinda label, this bottling was crafted for us by Chehalem, one of our favorite Willamette Valley producers, to reflect the beautiful fruit of the 2015 growing season. Bright, vivid strawberry and cherry burst forth on the nose along with a pretty floral note and slightly spicy accents. The fruit wraps the palate with help from the creamy texture, and baking spices develop toward the end, lingering with the zesty acidity that rounds out the finish. Ridiculously good for the price.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Pretty floral nose with richness through the palate, subtle cola and spice, and lifted acid on the finish. This Kalinda Pinot Noir is a steal, especially considering that it’s not-so-secretly Chehalem’s juice. This is a layered, berry-fruited crowd-pleaser from a classic Willamette Valley producer, with enough sophistication to impress anyone at the table.
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    There is a difficult decision facing us currently, but until this gorgeous Gem was released, recently, our everyday house red was the Kalinda Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (we're on our fourth case). Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose is opulent with dried rose petals to jasmine-like floral qualities combined nicely with a strawberry to red fruit-driven set of aromatics, and a nice touch of granite-like mineral notes. Lush, balanced, wonderfully integrated, and silky, all the elements in the nose carry over to a complex, deeply flavored Pinot with excellent structure and backbone in the mouth. This is "classic" Willamette Valley Pinot and Rusty has ordered me to also bring home cases of this Gem for our daily consumption. It seems that we are going to have two Pinot Gems in our house for our everyday consumption. By the way, this wonderful Pinot was put together (it's a very limited barrel selection) by our Domestic Wine Buyer, Bryan Brick, at one of the small, but well-known producers in the Willamette Valley. YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THIS GEM! ***** 13.9% ABV *****
    Drink from 2016 to 2025
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    All estate fruit from our friends at Chehalem, our Kalinda Willamette Pinot is lifted and a great representation of the great 2015 Oregon vintage. Bright cherry and blueberry notes combined with vanilla and well integrated oak brings balance and elegance to this wine. I cannot wait to revisit this wine in a few months to see it become even more expressive and delicious.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Finally! We were able to put together a smokin' deal to get some juice from the Willamette Valley bottled under the name of our in-house label. Made by our friends over at Chehalem, this particular bottling is less linear and acid-driven than their generally Burgundian, racy house-style. Notes of ripe raspberry, bright cranberry and lush red fruit kick around on the palate and taper down into baking spices and subtle earth notes on the finish. Barely edging out the North Coast Pinot Noir we released earlier this year, this is Kalinda's best red wine made to date.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Black cherry, bergamot, spiced plum and a touch of cola combine in the compact yet slowly unraveling nose. Medium weight and yet with a sprightly feel this is a young Pinot that is already quite delicious but will grow in leaps in bounds over the next 2-6 months and then slowly develop over the next 3-7 years. With warm red clay notes, cranberry tang, velvety boysenberry preserves and a candied licorice note the palate comes off as inviting and bordering on plush. Finishing with a nice lifting red fruited crunch surrounded by earthy/foresty richness this is one special Pinot Noir and we couldn’t thank the crew at Chehalem for making us such a great wine.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    K&L Staff Member
    All estate fruit from our friends at Chehalem. Bright and fresh cherry fruit, elegant grip and finessed textures and that classic "pinot dusted" nose, that I could just smell all day. This is an easy to enjoy wine, at an even easier to enjoy price point!


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