2011 Elizabeth Chambers Pinot Noir Oregon

Wine Review: Elizabeth Chambers Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon

Elizabeth Chambers is a third generation Oregonian who certainly has the experience and knowledge to bring to market, the style of wines most consumers want when they buy Willamette Valley Pinot noir.

Winemaker Michael Stevenson has delivered in this 2011 Winemakers Cuvee Pinot noir just that, a consumer friendly wine that will appeal to those who enjoy an elegant, light-bodied red. Sourced from fruit grown at the Freedom Hill Vineyard and the Lazy River Vineyard the wine reflects the sites individual qualities of terroir and maturity. 

The wine has a classic Willamette Valley Pinot noir flavor profile with tart cherry, earth and fresh baked pastry as the core components. Light on its feet, the fine-grained tannins, work well with the oak aging regimen producing a style of wine that is easy to drink young. Tasting this wine over the course of a few hours, it evolved considerably. With that in mind, the aging potential should allow this wine to develop further over the next ten years. Culinary applications lean towards lighter fare like roasted fowl and grilled salmon.

Rating: Excellent (90) | $32 | 13.3% ABV

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About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Elise November 24, 2016 at 4:57 PM - Reply

    Hi Marc,
    I found your blog after our conversation at the Back Bay Hilton Pool Thanksgiving Day 2016!
    Looking forward to reading more of your food and wine news and hopefully I’ll be able to try some recommendations. Enjoy the Hoilday Season and thank you for great conversation.

    • MacDaddy Marc November 24, 2016 at 8:50 PM - Reply


      It was such a pleasure to meet you too. Hope your Holiday celebration was fantastic. Thanks for looking around the site and if I can ever answer any questions you may have about food or wine or make a restaurant suggestion please do not hesitate to email me direct. Have a safe trip back to the city, if you ever get out to Portland, let us know. Maybe get you into some Willamette Valley wineries to taste Oregon’s wines.


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