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.
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.
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.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points
Costco item number: 993807
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