Experienced winemakers recognize that one of the grapes that is the most responsive to the conditions it’s grown in is the Pinot noir. Pinot noir is extremely sensitive to variations in the air and soil. It’s been found that some of the highest quality of Pinot noir can be found in Willamette Valley, Oregon. But what makes Willamette Valley Pinot Noir so unique and delicious?
Oregon wines are known throughout the country as being clean, refreshing, and surprisingly complex. One of the reasons is that Oregon enjoys four glorious seasons. The changes in temperature and sunlight allow the soil to help produce grapes that have a depth of flavor that you can’t find in other regions. The time of harvest is also key and is different in Oregon than in other vineyard states, including California.
The soil in the Willamette Valley varies from having marine sediments to decomposed lava. A good amount of it has sandstone and mudstone in it and most have almost no carbonates. This makes it so that the soil drains fairly quickly, which helps the grapes grow and ripen beautifully. Because of it’s short growing season and the fact that it requires a cooler atmosphere, the grapes are able to grow in their optimal condition which makes them ideal for the winemakers.
When you’re looking for Oregon wines, specifically an amazing Pinot Noir, check out the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The vineyards are often blended because the sizes are small due to the angled and sloped land. This blended mixture makes for a deep and rich, full Pinot Noir that you can’t find anywhere else.