Wine Review: 2010 Cornerstone Willamette Pinot Noir

This vintage of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was produced from a very cold season that resulted in some of the lowest producing yields this region has seen in a while. The migratory birds also did a lot of damage subtracting quite a bit more from the final yields. I personally picked fruit at a couple of Willamette Valley vineyards during this vintage’s harvest and despite some pretty low brix, the berries had good concentration and flavor. Those wines are now coming to market and I have been pleasantly surprised with the few we have tasted including this one.

The aromas of the Cornerstone Willamette Pinot Noir are broad red fruit like a raspberry, strawberry, cherry blend with a hint of vanilla and baking spice. In the mouth, the wine is a bit showy, balancing muscle-flexing power with finesse as the wine dances across the palate. Flavors of darker almost blackish-red fruit accompany an orchestration of smoky grilled meat with a touch of almost pure cacao. The long texturally pleasing finish is smooth exhibiting the characteristics of a wine with elegant concentration.

2010 Cornerstone Willamette Pinot Noir

Rating: Excellent | $50 | 13.5% ABV

2010 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir