Shiba Wichern Willamette Cuvee Pinot Noir 2021

Shiba Wichern Willamette Cuvee Pinot Noir 2021

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Is this the most under-the-radar, truly excellent, artisan-made sub-$30 Willamette Valley Pinot noir available? Pretty darn likely. From our perspective as Willamette Valley Pinot experts, it's an imperative buy.

Harmonious, thoughtful, and delicious. A classically-styled Pinot noir full of silky red fruits, delicate spice and savory accents, carried through on a lithe frame with surprising staying power. Like previous vintages, it is more soulful than we can reasonably expect for the price which makes it exactly our kind of wine. -Marcus

2019 vintage notes

We make boutique wines and sell them at fair prices.

For us the Willamette Cuvée is always a study in blending for balance. Our guidelines and goals with blending are always the same - balance the acidity, fruit and tannins. Every year it's the same and every year the Willamette Cuvée turns into something unique.

For 2019 we blended the same 4 vineyards that we did in 2018: Havlin, Nuestro Sueño, Bellevue Cross and Momtazi. The result really highlights my favorite thing about Oregon Pinot noir. In 2018 these four vineyards combined to make a high alcohol (for us!) high acidity wine. In 2018 this blend was a big powerful (again, for us) wine. The 2019 growing season was a lot cooler and a little slower. The resulting wines are more delicate and refined.

Winemaker and co-owner Akiko Shiba received her engineering degree in Enology and Viticulture from the University of Geisenheim in 2009. Akiko's practical experience is split between the vineyard and cellar as well as between Germany and Oregon. Amongst the wineries where Akiko has gained her practical experience are in Oregon: Evesham Wood, St. Innocent, Ayres and Domaine Serene. In Germany: Franz Keller, Schamari-Muehle, Heyl zu Herrnsheim, Chat Sauvage and Rudolph Fuerst.

Before her career change to the wine industry Akiko graduated from the prestigious Keio University and worked in Tokyo as an editor and journalist in the food and drink sector.

2017 vintage notes 

For 2017 the gang is all back together again for one last tour - Havlin Vineyard, Nuestro Sueño Vineyard and Lewman Vineyard. Havlin is back in the mix for 2017 and brings the bright uplifted red-fruit tones. Lewman brings the brooding dark tones. Nuestro Sueño adds its own blue-fruit tones and herbal complexity. This vintage is, sadly, the final year of our contract with Lewman.

As is always the case with the Willamette Cuvée, we aim for balance when making this blend of barrels. After a couple of very intense -almost heavy- vintages in 2015 and 2016, the 2017 vintage comes across as delicate and refined already at this very young age. Right now it is a ready-to-go easy-drinker and it should develop into a thought-provoker over the next decade.

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Make sure you always get a discount by using Build a Case® How it works:

If you haven't found a full case (12 bottles) to buy today, start your Build a Case®  now by purchasing a few bottles online, by phone or email. If you order online, select the Build a Case®  option. If by phone or email, just ask us to add the bottles to a Build a Case®  for you. You'll receive order confirmation and we'll cellar the wines for you until you reach a full case.

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We taste as much or more Oregon wine in a given year than anyone on the planet. We look for the needles in the haystacks, the wines you won't find in your local wine store. Wineries have long sought our help to sell their most limited, unique bottlings.

We are picky. We like to sell wines that we like to drink. We refer to taste the wines sell over several days; we want to know how a wine will evolve, how it pairs with food. We want to know if it truly belongs in your cellar, in your glass, and we want to provide you with guidance on how and when it'll be its best.

Our goal is to describe wines in ways that you can actually relate to. We battle against overly flowery tasting notes. You know the kind. The ones that mention things that no one has ever smelled or tasted. They're mostly B.S. and they perpetuate snobbery that we don't like.

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Marcus and Andy's knowledge of the wines, wineries and winemakers of the area is encyclopedic and, in my experience, second to none. They have a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of the industry and a knack for recommending wines that are 'in my wheelhouse,' but also the insight to direct me toward new discoveries. I wholeheartedly recommend them to both those in the know and those who would
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Andy and Marcus only sell wines they would drink themselves, they sell them at reasonable prices, and they take exceptionally good care of their customers. Ethics, value, service…the reasons we buy all our wine from Avalon.

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