Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015
Knowing how I track vintages of wines, it came as no surprise to me the other day when I happened to open a bottle of the Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015. Now I've known Siduri for a long time and the quality of their wines. I was also aware that 2015 was considered to be a very good vintage.
When I said I happened to open a bottle, that's just what I meant. I didn't buy this wine, it was a wine left over from a tasting I had done, but I was in the mood for a lighter wine with my meal and thought this would do nicely. Boy was I surprised. When I poured this wine I didn't fully appreciate the wine in its entirety. I knew it was good, but just not how much so in the short time I was pouring it versus the extra time I took to really enjoy and savoir the wine at dinner.
I noticed how deep of a color the wine was when I first poured. While the aroma was lighter than expected, when I finally took a sip and then another, I was hooked. The dark berry flavor with hints of cherry are combined with a slight earthiness to offer up a complex and lasting flavor that just lingers in your mouth. The winery calls this wine and vintage "the finest Willamette Valley Pinot Noir to date!" Since I haven't had them all, I can't confirm or deny that, but from just tasting THIS wine, I can tell you, it is outstanding. While not many ratings on this one yet, Vinous Media has given it a solid 90 Points.
This wine and vintage should be out there and available. Prices seem to range around the $30 area, which is a little high, but I think worth it for the quality of the wine you receive. This would be a great wine for lighter fare and one to impress your guests at your next get together.