Wild Hills Pinot Noir 2018, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Wild Hills Wine Company Pinot Noir is owned and operated by Laurent Montalieu, a pioneer in the Oregon wine industry since 1988, who was winemaker and partner at Willakenzie Estate. The grapes come from Laurent’s Wild Hills Vineyard in Willamette Valley’s Monmouth County, bordering the Dundee Hills appellation. The ideal climate, unique terroir and well adapted clonal selections make it a perfect source for wines of substance, individual character and outstanding price/quality ratio. The sedimentary Willakenzie soils are well suited to Burgundian varietals and the vineyard benefits from a slightly warmer climate than its neighbors. It matured for eight months in French oak. This wine is defined by cherry, strawberry and rhubarb notes. There are hints of cinnamon and oregano. The bright fruits are balanced by slightly earthy notes. Pinot lovers will find this is an outstanding wine from a winemaker and region known for great quality.