2017 Broadley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1380541

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K&L Notes

Ever the maverick, Craig Broadley was one of the first visionaries to see the potential in Willamette Valley for fine winemaking, but he wasn't content to run with his contemporaries and plant in the cooler reaches of the northern half of the valley. He bucked that trend (which itself was considered a crazy man's gambit at the time) and planted his vineyard on a warm site in most southerly part of the valley. As gambles go, this one paid off in spades, and since the early 1980s, they've been producing reference point Pinot Noirs from their estate vineyards, as well as a Willamette Valley AVA blend from choice fruit contracts established long ago. The 2017 bottling is a riveting expression of the new pattern of Oregon growing seasons - warm and sunny summers followed by temperate, leisurely harvests. In short, the grapes thrive in these conditions. If you're wondering what the new face of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is going to be, it's best to turn to one of the old guard originals.

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    As one immersed in both books and wine, it was a delight to discover that Craig Broadley once worked in publishing at the venerable City Lights bookstore in San Francisco before following his other passion and relocating with his wife to rural Oregon in the late seventies to cultivate vines. Forty years later and his precision-harvested, organically-farmed wines have become highly regarded for their complex, whole cluster spectrum of flavors, nuanced red fruit and refined structure. Aromas of violets and earth and spice intermingle with flavors of ripe cherry and orange peel, bookended by subdued tannins, leading to a thoroughly satisfying ending. To steal a hack publishing phrase, this mouthwatering Pinot is all but ‘unputdownable’, especially at this bestseller price! Drink up!
    Top Value!
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    In a line up of other domestic Pinot Noirs, the Broadley stood out. It is no surprise since it is made from a single vineyard on the Broadley estate that is farmed organically and that generations of the Broadley family have passed down their passion to our current wine makers. It is filled to the brim with that passion- full of red and black berries, toasted baking spices, just hints of oak and a solid backbone of structure that keeps the palate long and full. It is perfect for cheese pairing or cocktail hour, but serious enough to pair with your Sunday dinner.


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