When we ask wine drinkers where the world’s best Pinot Noir is produced, some will confidently say California or Burgundy without a doubt, but many will vehemently insist that the world’s finest Pinot Noir is grown and bottled in Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley. We can’t help but agree.
That being said, it would be wrong of us to argue that California and Burgundy aren’t producing outstanding Pinot Noir, because they are. Some of the best in the world. There’s just no denying the unique, elegant and unmatched characteristics of Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.
The 100 mile, scenic valley is home to two-thirds of Oregon’s wineries. Protected from Pacific storms to the west and warmer, drier climates to the east by the Cascade and Coast Mountain Ranges, Pinot Noir grapes are perfectly suited for the cool, maritime climate of the Willamette Valley and winemakers here are producing wines worthy of the hype. More than 14,000 acres of Pinot Noir grapes are planted in the Willamette Valley, accounting for nearly 90% of Oregon’s Pinot Noir production.
Winemakers in Oregon have been making a name for themselves and the region with world-class Pinot Noir that stands tall among counterparts from abroad or more publicized domestic wine regions.
A Favorite Among Oregon Pinot Noir
When it comes to finding the perfect bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, look for Wildstock Pinot Noir from artisinal wine producer, Scott Paul. The winemakers at Scott Paul are dedicated to elegance and finesse while producing wines that reflect the creative, independent and wild spirit of Oregon.
Our mission is to hand-craft small lots of exquisite Pinot Noir. To us that means wines that are focused on elegance and finesse, the benchmarks of what we consider to be the very heart and soul of Pinot Noir.”
– Scott Paul Wines
2013 Wild Stock Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasting Notes: Hints of dark cherry combined with baking spice and earthiness on the nose. The robust palate elegantly balances a blend of boysenberries and blackberries on a blanket of long satiny tannins.