Lenné Estate

Owner(s) HLC Wines LLC
Web site www.lenneestate.com
 
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Lenné Estate

Steve and Karen Lutz, along with a group of investors (HLC Wines LLC) launched Lenné Estate in 2002 dedicated to producing ultrapremium Pinot Noir from a 20.9-acre vineyard near the town of Yamhill, Oregon. The site is on low vigor sedimentary and volcanic soils and has many famous neighboring estates such as WillaKenzie, Shea Wine Cellars & Vineyard, Solena, Soter and Beaux Freres. Steve and another partner, Scott Huffman, had worked together at Anne Amie and searched for the perfect site since 1999. Together they laid out the vineyard and planted the first 10 acres of Pinot Noir (Dijon 115, 777 and Pommard) in 2001.

Establishing the vineyard presented several challenges. The vines were dry-farmed from the start. The steepness of the site made farming difficult. 35% of the vines were lost in the first year and in 2003, an additional 2.5-acre block of Pommard succumbed to the record heat that year. In 2004 and 2005, the Pommard block was replanted along with an additional 2.5-acre block of Dijon 114 and 667. As we walked the vineyard together, I could sense in Steve the dedication and hard work that had driven him to create this magnificent site for Pinot Noir. The payoff for Steve and his partners has come with the Pinot Noirs from Lenné Estate, which are among the finest I have had from the Yamhill-Carlton district.

The name, Lenné, sounds French, but is derived from Steve’s father-in-law, Len, who raised his family, including Steve’s spouse Karen, on a chicken farm west of London, England. Len passed away in 1999, but he contributed part of the down payment on the vineyard so it seemed only natural to honor him. The first two vintages of Lenné Estate Pinot Noir were released under the LeNez label (also pronounced “Lenay”), and in 2006, the Lenné Estate label was added. The wines under the Lenné Estate label represent the best barrels from the vineyard in each vintage.

Steve struck up a relationship with noted Oregon vintner, David O’Reilly, and the Lenné Estate wines are produced with in collaboration with O’Reilly at Owen Roe. At some point, Steve hopes to have a winery on site at the location of the current tasting room (pictured above). Winemaking goes on with as little oxidation as possible. At most, 30% new French oak is used (20%-25% in 2007). Certain special barrels, chosen for their mid-palate and finish are used for the Lenné Estate Pinot Noirs. Some clones stand out in certain vintages and they are bottled also as clone-designated Pinot Noirs. A saignee rose was made in 2008 (55 cases).

Some grapes are sold to Owen Roe but more are being retained for the Lenné Estate wines. Production in 2008 was 1,300 cases and in 09 is projected to be 1,500 cases. Projected maximum production from the estate will be 2,000 cases annually.

Lenné Estate is an exemplary producer of fine Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir. You can taste the heart and sole of Steve and his crew in every bottle. The wines from this special vineyard seem to speak to me and I have quickly become a fan. Get on board through the mailing list, or buy the wines offered on the website and through the quaint tasting room at 18760 NE Laughlin Road in Yamhill. The tasting room is open from 12:00 to 5:00 on weekends or by appointment (503-956-2256).

Reviewed Wines

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 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 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 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 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 ARTICLE »

2011 Le Nez Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Blanc

13.0% alc., 30 cases. In 2011, less ripe fruit was used to produce this wine and a rosé. Soft release (sold to wine club members and through tasting room). Aged in neutral oak, no MLF. · Pleasant aromas of fresh apple, tropical fruits and nuts. Bright and crisp on the palate with a good cut of acidity on the apple-driven finish. Picks up fruit intensity over time in the glass. Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 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 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 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 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 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 ARTICLE »

2010 Le Nez Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. Infant wine of Lenné. 100% estate fruit with same yields as Estate Pinot Noir. All five Pinot Noir clones planted at Lenné. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Wood-kissed cherry and strawberry aromas with a hint of spice, rose petal and vanilla. Very showy aromatics. Middleweight flavors of black cherries with a subtle herb and spice accompaniment, backed by ripe tannins, complimentary oak and offering a velvety mouth feel. A highly approachable wine that is not an afterthought. Very good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Oregon Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. The best barrels from each harvest. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Enticing aromas of black cherries, darker berries, sassafras, sandalwood and coffee. Hits the palate with remarkable intensity, offering delicious, slightly sweet flavors of black cherries, black raspberries and ripe strawberries which persist on the long, dreamy, citrus-toned finish. Good structural bones and balancing acidity. 1 to 2 years from super stardom, although you can indulge yourself now. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

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

14.0% alc., 60 cases. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Brooding, darker cherries and berries on the nose offering more pleasure over time in the glass. Full-bodied and highly pleasurable flavors of black plum and black raspberry wrapped in firm tannins and underpinned with complimentary oak. Speaks more of the soil. I am not usually a fan of single Dijon clone Pinot Noir, but this wine is a head turner. Reviewed May 11, 2012 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 ARTICLE »

2010 Lenné Kill Hill Yamhill-Carlton District Oregon Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 36 cases. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Clean aromas of dark berry jam and wine cellar. Ripe, fuller bodied flavors of blackberries and black cherries with some fig leather. Intense and mouth coating with a richly fruited finish. Big boy tannins need time to soften. A distinctive expression of this vineyard that will benefit from decanting if drunk now. Very good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ARTICLE »

2008 Lenné Estate Jill’s 115 Yamhill-Carlton Oregon Pinot Noir

49 cases. · Moderately dark reddish purple color with a slight orange tone. Aromas of dried cherry, shoe leather and spice. The palate is alive with secondary characters of orange peel, herbs, and cigar box complimenting the luscious dark cherry core. The wine still has plenty of tannin for the long haul, but the tannin is not imposing at this stage. A delightful Pinot Noir with plenty of life ahead. Score: 92. Reviewed June 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2008 Lenné Estate Pommard Clone Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Still brooding with a prodigious tannic core surrounding layers of bright Pinot fruit. Not as appealing as the 2007 wines at this stage, but this will be a profound wine in a few years. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2008 Le Nez Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $30. All clones in the vineyard but primarily 777. The “infant” wine of Lenné Estate that is the most accessible wine in the 2008 lineup. · Expressive aromas of black cherries, berries and herbal tea. Tasty core of cherry and berry fruit of moderate intensity with a lovely touch of spice. Soft and elegant with pillowy tannins. Can drink now but will be even better in a year. Very good (-). Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Lenné Estate Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $45. A barrel selection of the finest barrels from the best parts of the vineyard. · Opens reluctantly, with shy aromas of red cherries and mint. Intense and dense cherry core with plenty of tannic backbone and eye popping length on the dry finish. Years away from prime time. Very good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 496 cases, $45. A selection of the best barrels of 115 and Pommard from the estate vineyard. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Spectacular nose offering fully ripe aromas of dark red strawberries, raspberries and cherries with a hint of warm brioche and forest floor. Lavishly appointed with rich and intense flavors of berries, red plums, sassafras, and cassis. Ripely sweet and round with a striking persistence on the finish. Everything is in tune and structurally sound for aging. Hard to resist now, but give this wine another 5 years, and open it with a special companion. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 496 cases, $45. The best barrels of clones 115 and Pommard. · A panoply of different red and black fruit aromas including cherries, strawberries, and red currants with an underpinning of smoky oak. Flat out delicious array of pristine fruit including black raspberries and cherries. Lovely accents of loamy earth and mocha. Highly persistent aromatic finish. A seamless wine that is pure class in the glass. Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Lenné Estate Jill’s 115 Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 49 cases, $55. This wine has been very popular with tasters. · Shy but pleasing scents of red berries, cherries, pine pitch, wildflowers and mocha. Soft and smooth on the palate with notes of raspberries, strawberries, edible flowers and mocha java. A feminine Pinot that seduces with elegance. Doesn’t make a big flavor impression now but will improve with more time in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Lenné Estate Karen’s Pommard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 49 cases, $55. · The nose really grabs your attention with aromas of pie cherries, wild berries, wooded forest, oak and cut flowers. Vivid black cherry fruit which is soft and luscious on the palate, persisting on the amazingly lengthy finish leaving a refreshing impression from lively acidity. Still has tannin to shed and the big gulp of fruit is reticent and linear at this stage, but this is a very polished wine that will be spectacular down the line. Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Lenné Estate Sad Jack 777 Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 49 cases, $55. Clone 777 does best in cool sites and 2008 was a very cool vintage so this clone really shined and some was bottled separately. Named after the two winery dogs, Sadie and Jack. · Restrained aromas of berry jam, rhubarb and rose petals. Similar in flavor profile to the Le Nez with more dazzling cherry, pomegranate and anise notes. Juicy and delicious, but not particularly expressive now, showing plenty of sinewy ripe tannins that need to integrate. Very good (+). Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 LeNez Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $30. The “infant wine of Lenné Estate.” Contains each of the five clones of Pinot Noir grown on the Estate Vineyard. · Very appealing cherry, spice and herbs which expand with time in the glass. Mid-bodied raspberry, cherry and currant fruit flavors that are fresh and vibrant with fine-grain tannins. A touch of heat surfaces at the end. Upfront and enjoyable. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 LeNez Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $30. Contains each of the five clones of Pinot Noir grown on the estate vineyard. · Charming and highly approachable red-fruited wine that is fresh and vibrant with supple tannins. Reviewed August 17, 2009 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 ARTICLE »

2007 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $45. · Nicely scented nose featuring well-spiced cherries and violets. Mid-palate fruit intensity and tenacious persistence on the finish stand out in this lovely wine. Outstanding. Reviewed August 17, 2009 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 ARTICLE »

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

14.0% alc., 73 cases, $55. · Darkly colored and flavored, sporting red plums, black cherries and an appealing earthiness. Ripe tannins indicate age ability. A dancing Pinot with a creamy, sexy quality. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Lenné Estate Jill’s 115 Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 49 cases, $68. The two best barrels in the cellar of 115 clone. · Dreamy aromatics that keep on coming over time in the glass. Berry, cherry, and currant scents echoed on the palate with added hints of cola, mocha and brown spice. The tannins are supple, the texture is silky and everything is working in harmony. Potent for a 2007 Oregon Pinot Noir. I am not usually a fan of single clone Pinot Noirs but this one is a complete wine. Reviewed August 17, 2009 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 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 ARTICLE »