2016 Alexana "Terroir Series" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1415599 94 points Wine Spectator

 Precise and harmonious, offering layered raspberry and cherry flavors laced with smoky anise and spice notes, building richness toward polished tannins. *Highly Recommended* (TF)  (2/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This multi-vineyard blend is svelte, supple and sophisticated. Flavors of dark cherry, plum, fig and hints of chocolate-covered raisins are well matched. The finish is smooth and lightly tangy. While some of Alexana's 2016s want further bottle age, this wine is already drinking quite nicely. (PG)  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: "On the nose - Mocha, Cherry, Nutmeg spiced cream. On the palate - Black Cherry, Violets, Cocoa powder with smooth tannins and a lengthy finish. From vineyards across: Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mtns, McMinnville, Yamhill-Carlton and Eola Amity AVAs. All vineyards are mature and dry-farmed. All fruit is hand-picked and tripple hand-sorted for quality. All ferments are with native yeast in small lots and whole berry. The wine is matured for 10 months in 28% new French oak."

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2019 | Send Email
Confession - I tasted this after an exceptional flight of Burgundies and.... It held it's own! And that's saying something, as the retail value of the other wines were on average twice what this little guy was priced at. Now, I'm not going to call this Burgundian by any stretch. This is a sumptuous and forward drinking Pinot that offers incredible concentration, sweet fruit and super fine tannins. It is at once mouthfilling but offers delicious raspberry and cherry tones that are seamlessly balanced with the structure of the wine. This is a pretty damn good find!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2019 | Send Email
The nose is a swirling amalgam of earth, mushroom coupled with a wild fruit compote with hints of cinnamon and sage, pretty unique. On the palate the wine has a broad, rich and fleshy feel to it yet has a very central focus to the acidity that lifts the wine in the finish. Easy to drink but better suited for veal or roasted chicken meals.

By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2019 | Send Email
I think this is a great example of what Willamette Valley pinot noir could become due to warmer ripening seasons. While it still has spicy and earthy qualities that you might expect from your Oregon Pinot's, it is slightly fruitier and flashier. The nose brings a beautiful array of muddled cranberry, plum, and rich kirsch liqueur. The back end is full of chewy yet supple tannins that linger long after drinking. Overall this a killer wine that I know will move quickly.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2019 | Send Email
Upon opening the bottle the wine's brilliant aromatics were immediately apparent with ripe berry fruits, maraschino cherry, baking spices and bramble leaf. The wine's palate is soft and fruitful. A juicy, mid-weight texture with plenty of fruit and vibrant acidity. Dusty spices return on the finish that is elegant and lifted with perfectly judged acidity. A very complete wine that has a high "drinkability" factor due to its purity of fruit and moreish, mouthwatering finish! I really enjoyed a visit to Alexana's estate last year and it's great to see the wines getting the huge critical recognition they most certainly deserve!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1