Lemelson Vineyards Thea's Selection Pinot Noir 2016 Red Wine
Lemelson Vineyards Thea's Selection Pinot Noir 2016
Willamette Valley, OR
What an exceptional value for a top-notch Willamette Valley Pinot! To us, this wine exemplifies classic Pinot Noir from this region. Lively acidity, which is common in Oregon Pinots, makes it a great food-pairing wine. It goes really well with Italian food with tomato-based sauces, like lasagne or pizza. It also stands up really well to spicy foods. And the nice long finish is an added plus, for sure!
93 pts. Wine Enthusiast:
"This entry-level blend bangs a home run in this vintage. From its lush, lightly musky nose to its rich pie-worthy mix of blueberries, blackberries and cherries, this is simply irresistible. Well-woven Asian spices and light seams of chocolate, coffee and black tea all combine in a thoroughly satisfying, beautifully integrated wine with another half decade of life ahead." - Paul Gregutt, April 2020
93 pts. James Suckling:
"Dark cherries and toasted spices make for a captivating nose with plenty of immediate interest. The deeply rich dark-cherries on the palate are cast along fluid, long and sturdy tannin lines. Strong finish. Drink or hold."
As our house cuvee, Thea’s Selection is a blend of fruit sourced from all seven of our organic, estate vineyards that span three different Willamette Valley AVAs. As such, it is a wonderful representation of the vintage across all of our sites. The nose is inviting with black cherry, red currant and blackberry fruit that is nuanced by subtle spice notes of black licorice, black tea, cinnamon and graham cracker. The rich, silky tannins give in to a long and robust finish that leaves the taste of strawberries and dark chocolate lingering on the palate.
Harvest dates: September 7-27, 2016
Fermentation Notes: Mostly destemmed fruit with a high proportion of whole berries. 30+ days on skins.
Aging: 15 months in 30% new and 70% previously-filled French oak barrels
Alcohol: 13.8% alc./vol.
Vineyard: Certified organic by Oregon Tilth: Briscoe, Johnson, Rocky Noel, and Stermer Vineyards with Willakenzie sedimentary soil in the Yamhill Carlton AVA; Wascher Vineyard with Willakenzie soil and Meyer Vineyard with Jory and Nekia volcanic soils in the Dundee Hills AVA; Chestnut Hill Vineyard with Jory soil in the Chehalem Mountain AVA