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

  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    11/8/2018
    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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