2018 Dobbes Family Estate Pinot Noir Grand Assemblage
2018 Dobbes Family Estate Pinot Noir Grand Assemblage Red-fruit driven aromas of pie cherry, strawberry and pomegranate take the lead, followed by floral vanilla and hibiscus with a hint of spicy herbs and black pepper. The palate mirrors the aroma with an added layer of spice from 10 months aging in 23% new French oak barrels. Medium-full body envelops youthful, structured tannins, transitioning into a medium-long finish supported by juicy acid. Vibrant and extremely food-friendly, this multi-vineyard blend provides a transparent view of the high quality of the 2018 Willamette Valley vintage.
This wine pairs well with brined chicken with feta, grilled lamb chops, or pasta with Gorgonzola cream sauce.
Home of some of the planet’s most amazingly elegant and expressive Pinot noir, the Willamette Valley is a pastoral, mixed landscape of green, bucolic rolling hills, dramatic forestlands and small, independent, friendly wine growers. As a leader in environmental stewardship, the valley has some of the nation’s most protective land use policies, with two-thirds of its vineyards farmed sustainably and over half, organically. While the valley claims a cool, continental climate, and is heavily influenced by the cold, moist winds of the Pacific Ocean, its warm and dry summers allow for the steady, even ripening of Pinot noir.
The potential of Willamette Valley Pinot noir continues to attract the investment of serious growers and winemakers both locally and from abroad, as naturally the finished wines bring accolades from professionals and enthusiasts. With a range of styles from delicate dried cherry, raspberry and hibiscus to stronger notes of truffle, mocha, plum and spice, a fine Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a perfect expression of both character and grace.