2009 Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2009 Cornerstone Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Craig Camp may no longer reside in the Willamette Valley but his presence undoubtedly still exists in the wines he is making with Tony Rynders, formerly of Domaine Serene for the California winery Cornerstone. This 2009 Pinot Noir is another great example of how the vintage has been way underrated. With just a little over two short years from harvest, this wine has settled into a smooth well-produced package that exemplifies the vintage. 2009 may have not received the accolades the 2008’s did but in time these wines just may surpass the opulence the much ballyhooed previous vintage has already obtained. This Willamette Valley wine expresses aromas of raspberry and blueberry with a hint of fresh ground cinnamon stick. On the palate, flavors of dark berry and hazelnut are offered up with a vibrant acidity that is balanced by well-integrated tannins. The finish is plush, pleasant and long enough to make this a memorable wine to savor alongside a braised lamb shank elegantly prepared for an intimate Valentines dinner. If your retailer or favorite restaurant does not offer this wine, get it online. I would get it soon because this one will not be around for long.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $50 | 13.9% ABV

Find this wine to buy: Direct from the winery

Photo credit: Cornerstone


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  1. […] The finish is plush, pleasant and long enough to make this a memorable wine to savor alongside a braised lamb shank elegantly prepared for an intimate […]

  2. Ken W. February 9, 2012 at 10:26 PM - Reply

    I really like cornerstone wines! Have you tried their Howell Mountain Cabernet? It is one of my favorites.

    • enobytes February 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM - Reply

      I have but its been a while!

  3. First 4 Wine February 26, 2012 at 6:07 AM - Reply

    I never left a comment before, I have been reading your blog and tips of wine. What I must say what makes your articles most interesting is the Photography, you have the most wonderful pictures. It makes a pleasure reading the blog. Thank you.

    • enobytes February 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM - Reply

      Cheers first 4 wine, thanks for the kudos…:)

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