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2020 Willamette Valley Vineyards White Pinot Noir

2020 Willamette Valley Vineyards White Pinot Noir

This is perhaps the most interesting wine I’ve tasted in a long time, and it is the first time I’ve tasted a “white” Pinot Noir.

I felt pretty confident in the hands of Willamette Valley Vineyards because they are experts with Pinot Noir.  We’ve highlighted quite a few of their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs over the years, and have always enjoyed them and felt they overdelivered for the price.

You can’t tell from the bottle, but when they say “white” they mean this wine is clear.  Like almost as clear as water.  Here’s a pic of my glass.

Willamette Valley Vineyards White Pinot Noir

So how do they do that with Pinot Noir? From what I learned, they pick the fruit at peak ripeness and immediately press it gently to release juice without color or tannins from the skins. And they use a combination of stainless and neutral barrels. There’s a great short video here about the process.

And the color is super deceptive because the wine has richness, body and structure once you get it into it.  The flavors are a nice combo of what you expect from red and white wines, just in a rather unique combo package.

Willamette Valley Vineyards White Pinot Noir

The wine is floral on the nose with flavors of peach, strawberry, lemon and pear, a touch of vanilla and cream.  Medium in body with nice acidity, the wine is super clean; great finish.

Costco’s price is $24.99, which is pretty good.  Wine.com and other online outlets sell it for around $30. 

I always say that the best way to learn about wine is to constantly explore and try new things.  Here’s a good one to experiment with.

Or pour it randomly for some guests and watch the reaction when they see the clear color and then taste it.  You’re guaranteed to catch them off guard.

Willamette Valley Vineyards White Pinot Noir

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 993807

Alc. 13.2%

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Charlene Schlegel

Thursday 16th of September 2021

I’m sad that I haven’t been able to get this at my local costco in Jacksonville FL!

Andrew

Thursday 9th of September 2021

I have just completed an exhausted search of the Midwest, the number quoted is for 32 piece glassware drink set, not a white pinot. In all the searches, using various descriptors, this bottle is not showing up at any Midwest locations, nor is it ordered by any.

Debbie Ambrose Niemeier

Thursday 15th of July 2021

According to the comments above, it is still not available in the Midwest and the West.

Josie

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Is anyone finding this wine in the Atlanta area? I went to a couple of stores and no one had it.

Debbie Ambrose Niemeier

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Thank you