If there is one business more volatile than the restaurant business, it has gotta be making wine. In her 20s, Anne started her Trousse Chemise project at night and on weekends, making a basic cuvee of Willamette Valley Pinot and an incredible single vineyard, Hyland Vineyard. Four years later, the program has grown to include single AVAs like Dundee Hills and Chehalem Mountains and a wonderful new Rose of Pinot Noir as well. But her Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is still her calling card, consistently delivering exceptional value to her growing fanbase.
Every year since inception, Anne Sery’s Trousse Chemise wines have wowed folks from Coast to Coast (like Daniel Boulud). Her newly released 2021 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is still easily one of the best in Oregon dollar for dollar and in a fantastic vintage, it seems to even kick it up a few notches. Wildly aromatic and bursting with an intense, berried up fruitiness– when people compare Oregon as the closest thing to Burgundy in America, this is what they are talking about. Juicy and vibrant, with even more expressive aromatics as a result of the cool September that allowed for maximum hangtime.
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It’s so fine aromatically; a product of the cool, high elevation mountain sources. On the palate, it’s primary, fresh and fruity but the finish is long and stony, balancing that terrific fruit perfectly.
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Great with salmon, duck pork or a creamy mushroom dish.
Now some of the best Pinot Noir in the world comes from the Yamhill-Carlton District (this small neck of the woods has earned its own AVA) and specifically from Shea Vineyards. Big name wineries clamor for fruit: Antica Terra, Beaux Freres, Bergstrom, Penner-Ash, & Sine Qua Non, to name a few. This Pinot is lights out and even given the pedigree, drinks several echelons higher. Blueberry, Blackberry, Blue Cheese (?!?), chanterelle mushrooms, lavender, mint – I could go on. It’s literally got it all, but I won’t spoil it for you.
Once again dialing up fruit from 1000-1500ft in elevation in the Dundee Hills, Chad’s 2021 is juicy, laser focused and roaring out of the gates. Chad tells me that similar wines (very similar wines) off this vineyard are raising their prices up to $55/bottle from $45 this year due to 2020’s lost year. But where most people are raising prices to recoup last year’s losses, the CHAD Pinot Noir price is somehow lower. A true gift from our favorite winemaker.
92 Points, James Suckling
Since the late 1990’s Penner-Ash has been viewed as one of Oregon’s top wineries making gorgeous wines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. In the 2021 vintage considered to be one of Oregon’s all-time great years, the 2021 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir that Lynn crafted is gorgeous, a silky tightly woven number that mixes red and black fruits with some sage and baking spices and a savory finish. It’s got some nice weight to it and structure which suggests it’ll age well for the next 10-15 years though it’s already drinking beautifully in its youth.
92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 91 Points, Wine Spectator – 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
That ‘Top 100’ tally may very well be going up after the 2021 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir hit the market. It’s simply outstanding and every single critic who has gotten their hands on this wine has gone completely gaga for it. Wine Spectator included them in their ‘Top 8 Pinot Noirs From Oregon Under $35’ piece a few weeks ago. Wine Enthusiast gave it a 91 and called it “fresh and fragrant”. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate took it a point higher and called it, “light on its feet with generous, floral fruit”.