The Trousse-Chemise Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is assembled from parcels in several Willamette Valley vineyards, including Gran Moraine in Yamhill Carlton, Laurent Montalieu’s Hyland Vineyard in McMinnville, and Zena Crown, a west-facing hillside directly exposed to the Pacific breezes that blow through the Van Duzer Corridor, the only significant gap in the Oregon coastal range. In the glass, the wine has a limpid, saturated, dark ruby color. Wild cherries, lingonberries, rhubarb, and fennel, all seasoned with fleeting suggestions of pine needles, lime zest, sweet herbs and cinnamon move in and out of the foreground as the nose develops in the glass. On the palate, the wine is generous and concentrated, at the same time finely honed, silky and elegant, with a supple core of cola-perfumed red and black-fruit flavors seasoned with palpable saline minerality, and a long vibrant finish. Drink now – 2025, at cellar temperature out of a good large Burgundy glass. And give it time. This classic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a perfect example of a wine that puts on weight as it evolves in the glass.
About this wine producer: As the daughter of a French diplomat, Anne Sery-Martindale grew up around fabulous Burgundies from producers like Ghislaine Barthod, Christophe Roumier, and Louis Boillot, which sparked her own passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and led her to pursue winemaking as a profession. After university studies with famed enologist Denis Dubourdieu, Anne moved to Oregon, and continued her training with Laurent Montalieu at Soléna Estate in Yamhill. Currently, Anne is the winemaker at Montalieu’s Hyland Estates and NW Wine Company in McMinnville, which gives her access to some of the best grapes in Oregon, as well as a state-of-the-art facility for her own custom winemaking.