I love when I am pleasantly surprised by a wine. That recently happened when I tried Rainstorm Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir. I must admit, I drink more California Pinots versus Oregon Pinots. So I was excited to explore this specific Pinot and the characteristics that make it unique.
What makes this wine special is the fact that it is sourced 50% from the Willamette Valley, where milder temperatures produce grapes of great complexity and high acidity, naturally creating an elegant wine and 50% from the Umpqua Valley where temps produce grapes rich, deep and fruity character. A perfect balance!
Having two different vineyards from two different valleys has its perks. The Willamette Valley vineyard sits atop a fog engulfed ridge, while the Umpqua Valley vineyard is located on a beautifully forested ridge. Rainstorm Vineyards likes producing Pinot Noir from ridges, the slopes provide great water drainage which controls the vines’ vigor and produces low yields. Low yields are perfect, as the vine is encouraged to focus its character in a smaller volume of grapes. That’s your lesson for the day! 😉
A beautiful translucent ruby color. This traditional Oregon Pinot has lovely notes of raspberry, allspice and hints of vanilla and violet on the nose. Earthy on the palate with the red fruits shining through and soft tannins on the finish. The complexity of this wine is impressive, especially at it’s price point, around $16 a bottle! Apparently I need to drink more Oregon wines from Willamette Valley. Check out Rainstorm Vineyards, they also produce a Pinot Gris and a Pinot Rosé. The Rosé will be next on my list, cheers!