Vineyard: Lenné Estate

OwnersKaren Lutz, Steve Lutz
AppellationYamhill-Carlton District
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Le Nez Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $30. All five clones from the estate vineyard. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, herbs and balsam. Bright cherry and strawberry flavors with a hint of spice and mocha. Elegant, fresh and easy to drink, with some finishing fruit vibe. Score: 89. Reviewed June 6, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Owen Roe Lenné Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $44. Label depicts Muckross Abbey in County Kern, Ireland that was swept up in Owen Roe O’Neill’s battle for Irish freedom in the 1640s. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Extroverted nose with a flourish of black raspberry, plum and spice aromas. Delicious essence of fresh black raspberry and blackberry with a touch of tea and cola. The velvety texture is captivating and fruit-filled finish pulls you back for more. Firm, but wellbalanced tannins suggest long term age ability. Well-crafted juice from one of Willamette Valley’s premier vineyards. Score: 93. Reviewed July 6, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Lenné Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $45. A barrel selection of the finest barrels from the best parts of the vineyard. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Pleasing aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry with a hint of hard red candy and spice. Mid weight flavors of black cherries with an accent of clove, dark chocolate and savory herbs. Nicely composed, with balanced tannin and acidity. Highly approachable now. Score: 93. Reviewed June 6, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Lenné Estate Jill’s 115 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 150 cases, $55. The best barrels from the 115 block. Named after Steve Lutz’s mother-in-law Jill. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. The nose picks up intensity over time in the glass, revealing deep aromas of strawberries, cherries and spice with an earthy undertone. Similarly earthy on the palate with fresh, middleweight flavors of red fruits, herbs and subtle oak. The tannins are reigned in and the wine is easy to like. Score: 90. Reviewed June 6, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Lenné Estate Karen’s Pommard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 150 cases, $55.The best barrels from the Pommard block. Named after Steve Lutz’s spouse, Karen. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Very complex nose offering an array of pleasurable aromas including black cherry, cola, mocha, spice, rose petal, and sweet oak. The discreetly concentrated core of perfectly ripened black cherries is complimented by a riff of cola and spice. The peacock finish is the most intense and lengthy of the 2012 Lenné wines. Score: 94. Reviewed June 6, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Lenné Estate Kill Hill 667 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 100 cases $55. Best barrels from steepest and most stressed part of the vineyard. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy initially, opening up slowly over time in the glass to reveal aromas and flavors of dark red cherries and plum. Impressively sappy on the mid palate with remarkable intensity on the finish. Nicely balanced with fine-grain tannins and juicy acidity. Score: 92. Reviewed June 6, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Lenné Estate Le Nez Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.73, 642 cases, $30. Released May 31, 2013. Harvested November 1, 2011. Aged in 21% new French oak barrels. Infant wine of Lenné Estate. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Very aromatic with hi-tone scents of black cherry, spice, and sandalwood. Middleweight flavors of cherry and red berry with a complimentary touch of oak. Forward and easy to drink with very supple tannins and a light finish. Score: 89. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir 13.5% alc., pH 3.70, 642 cases, $45. Released November 14, 2013. Harvested November 1, 2011. 30-acre vineyard on a steep south facing slope east of the town of Yamhill. Shallow soils, dense spacing and diverse clonal mix (Pommard, 115, 114, 777 and 667). Best barrels of each harvest. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely, fresh and vibrant aromas of cherry, red raspberry, cherry tart and Christmas spice opening nicely over time in the glass. Round and polished, elegant and restrained, featuring flavors of red berries and cherries and a hint of Moroccan spice and sous bois. Soft, but evident tannins, and nicely integrated acidity. The finish is highly satisfying offering a flourish of spicy cherry fruit. Extraordinary the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A dancing Pinot that is a fabulous food magnet. Score: 94. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Lenné Estate Jill’s 115 Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.50, 50 cases, $55. Released November 14, 2013. Harvested November 1, 2011. Aged in 25% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of wild berries and forest floor lead to mid weight flavors of black cherry and dark red berries wrapped in modest tannins. The finish offers an appealing carry-over of juicy cherry fruit. Solid, but not very giving, even the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Give this wine at least another year in bottle. Score: 89. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Lenné Estate Karen’s Pommard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.76, 75 cases, $55. Released November 14, 2013. Harvested November 1, 2011. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Explosive aromas of Bing cherries, cherry syrup, cassis and espresso-laced oak. Grand mid palate intensity with a huge, bombastic finish. Dark cherries are featured with accents of dark chocolate, and oak-driven caramel and spice. Firm but not astringent tannins allow for drinking now, but this wine is clearly a few years away from prime time. Appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, but still moody. Score: 93. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Lenné Estate Kill Hill Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.67, 76 cases, $55. Released November 14, 2013. Primarily clone 667. Harvested October 26, 2011. Aged in 66% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, spiced plum, currant, raisin and nutty oak appear over time in the glass. Delicious core of black cherry and dark wild berry flavors with some underlying spice and a touch of oak. Ripest, fullest, and darkest fruited wine in the lineup with plenty of juicy sap. The tannins are nicely integrated and the finish is long and robust. Score: 92. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Karen’s Pommard Yamhill-Carlton District Oregon Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 60 cases. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of black cherries and black raspberries with a hint of oak-driven toast and java. A luscious core of dark red and black fruits is powerful and ripe, wrapped in balanced tannins and brought to life with bright acidity. A riff of exotic Middle Eastern spices really perks up the palate. A very ageworthy wine that needs to shed some oak, but offers a mesmerizing drinking experience even now. Reviewed May 11, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Estate Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $45. Primarily Pommard and Dijon 115. · Enticing scent of fresh strawberries and chocolate-covered cherries. Elegant and soft on the palate, with medium weight flavors of well-spiced cherries and a hint of dark chocolate in the background. Picks up interest and intensity over time in the glass. Very good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Estate Eleanor’s 114 Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 49 cases, $55. Named after Steve Lutz’s mother and represents the best barrels from Dijon 114 block. · Very expressive aromatics, drawing the drinker into the glass. Aromas of fresh cherries, spice, leather and toast. Good depth on the palate, with a charming elegance, offering flavors of brandied cherries, spice and sandalwood, supported by soft tannins, ending with a pleasing lift of acidity. Very good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Estate Jill’s 115 Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 125 cases, $55. Named after Steve Lutz’s mother-in-law. The best barrels from 115 block. · Shy aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, and dark chocolate. A cherry bombast on the palate, with a subtle backing of oak. Admirable finesse, yet enough structure to last. Gorgeous. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Estate Karen’s Pommard Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 125 cases, $55. The best barrels from the vineyard’s two Pommard blocks and is named after owner Steve Lutz’s wife, Karen. · The aromatics are stunning, with high brow aromas of cherries, mocha and sandalwood. Softly textured with supple tannins, yet offering a luscious fruit ensemble of cherries, black raspberries and currants accented by oak spice. Great. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Lenné Estate Le Nez Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $30. Entirely estate fruit with same yields as Lenné Estate Pinot Noir. All five clones planted at Lenné. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of spiced dark red berries and cherries with a slight roasted character and a hint of old book. Discreetly concentrated core of dark red berries with underpinnings of anise and Asian 5-spice. Welcoming elegance, ending with a trace of heat. Good. Reviewed August 13, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $45. A selection of best barrels and primarily clones 115 and Pommard. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic with notes of dark red cherries and raspberries, baking spices and sandalwood. Crisp and juicy flavors which mimic the aromas. Not the intensity of the 2008 vintage, but more approachable and currently very satisfying. Nicely crafted. Very Good (+). Reviewed August 13, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Lenné Estate Eleanor’s Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

15.4% alc., 49 cases, $55. First bottling of 114 clone. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Enjoyable perfume of delicate red fruits. Red-fruited with hints of savory oak, spice and dark chocolate, with an appealing velvety mouth feel. Elegantly styled and easily approachable. Leaves a little heat in its wake on the finish. Good (+). Reviewed August 13, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Lenné Estate Jill’s 115 Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 49 cases, $55. · Lightly colored in the glass. Subdued aromas of crushed red berries and baking spices. Elegantly crafted with charming flavors of dark red cherries and berries, sassafras and a slight candied, even cotton candy tone. Soft, supple tannins make for easy drinking. Very Good (-). Reviewed August 13, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Lenné Estate Kill Hill Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

15.4% alc., 49 cases, $55. From the most stressed portion of the vineyard with shallow, nutrient poor soil. Clone 667. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Subdued nose with reticent aromas of dark red fruits, mushrooms and wet earth. Well-endowed and noticeably rich with flavors of dark strawberries, dark raspberries, and a kick of citrus on the finish. Smoothly textured with firm but supple tannins. A ripe, big gulp of Pinot in a Caliesque style. Will have fans. Good (+). Reviewed August 13, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $45. · Noticeably lighter in color than the 2006 version of this wine. A selection of the best barrels in the cellar. Lovely scents of cherries, spice, violets and spicy oak. Succulent dark stone fruits fan out nicely on the palate enhanced by notes of cola, Asian spice, savory herbs and forest floor. Silky textured and perfectly balanced. This wine shows more terroir than the LeNez bottling from the same vineyard. One of the best 2007 Pinot Noirs from Oregon I have tasted this year. Reviewed March 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Lenné Karen’s Pommard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 73 cases, $55. · The aromas recall an exotic perfume exhibiting wild dark red fruits and spring bouquet. The wine is powerfully flavored yet retains the delicacy and velvety texture that is so sensual in Pinot Noir. Multilayered flavors of red plums, ripe berries, currants, spice and a little earthiness. Perfect integration of t n‘ a. There is something magical about this vineyard. Reviewed May 7, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $45 (sold out). · Very dark reddish-purple in color. Complex aromas of black raspberries, roasted plums, cedar and a feral note. Very ripe fruit flavors of dark berries and raisins which do not cross the line to prune. Hints of root beer and cola add appeal. Well-crafted and harmonious with a silky presence and vibrant acidity on the persistent finish. Reviewed March 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Lenné Estate Karen’s Pommard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 49 cases, $68. Two barrels from the best block in the vineyard. · Brooding deep dark fruit jam with a hint of porto and oak on the heavy nose. Big-boned and rich with ultra ripe dark fruit flavors accented by root beer and cream soda. The tannins are toothsome predicting age ability. Similar to the Estate bottling but with all do respect to Karen, more cajones. Reviewed March 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »