Johan Vineyards Reserve Willamette Pinot Noir Mini-Vertical 2-Pack

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Boom Boom Low

Zero-Eight versus Aught-Nine: let's get mini-vertical, y'all!

So similar, yet so different. 2008 and 2009 were sharply opposed in the way only close siblings could be. One had the Olympics, the other had the World Baseball Classic. One had 366 days, the other 365. They were even presided over by different presidents (but we're not touching that one). 2008's top song was the computerized club banger "Low" by Flo Rida, while 2009's was... the computerized club banger "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black-Eyed Peas. OK, the two years weren't entirely different.

In the Willamette Valley Pinor Noir fields of Johan Vineyards, '08 was a pretty typical year while '09 was a fry-your-eggs-on-the-sidewalk scorcher. And you can taste the difference in years in these two bottles. The Aught-Eight is dark and brooding; the Zero-Nine is full and ripe and slightly lower in alcohol. Both are fine examples of the classic Pinot Style, and both are available here at a price you haven't paid for wine this good since well before the Black-Eyed Peas hit it big.

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2009 Pinot Noir, Nils Reserve Willamette Valley 750ml
The 2009 growing season was a hotter than the average year with several heat spikes above 100° F. Due to the proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor every afternoon the winds picked up and dropped the temperature down 3°-4° keeping the vineyard cooler than their neighbors. This allowed the grapes to mature at a relatively slower pace which gave Johan Vineyards the opportunity to have adequate hang time without elevated sugars. Resulting in a wine with low alcohol and full ripe flavors.
  • 91 Points, Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

2008 Pinot Noir, Nils Reserve Willamette Valley 750ml

The Johan Nils Reserve Pinot Noir is a barrel selection from the Johan estate. The nose displays dark cherry, black tea and mineral with a dark, brooding quality on the palate accompanied by spice and some mineral notes. Like the Estate Pinot Noir the wine is very savory. This is full of layers that will reveal themselves with some patience.
  • 90 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
  • 92 Points, International Wine Cellar , July/August 2011


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Winery Retail Price: $90.00
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2009 Pinot Noir, Nils Reserve Willamette Valley 750ml

Johan Vineyards’ goal is to produce wines that showcase their unique estate vineyard and each individual growing season. They do this by minimal winemaker intervention in producing the wine. This Pinot Noir was made from a barrel selection by the winemaker. The clones in this blend are all Dijon; 115 (67%), 667 (25%) and 114 (8%). The grapes were fermented (both primary and malolactic) using exclusively native yeast, with approximately 50% whole-cluster. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels; 33% were new. In line with the goals of Johan Vineyards, this Pinot Noir is made in a classic style, with a focus on balance, complexity and elegance. It clearly represents the characters and nuances of Johan Vineyards as well as the 2009 growing-season.
  • Brix° at harvest: 22.6°
  • pH: 3.85
  • TA: 5.8
  • Alcohol: 12.74%

2008 Pinot Noir, Nils Reserve Willamette Valley 750ml

  • Appellation: Willamette Valley
  • Varietals: Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard: Johan Vineyard
  • Orientation: 200-360 ft
  • Soil: Helvetia, santiarn and steiwer alluvial silt loam
  • Vinification: Made in a classic style with small lot fermentations, native yeasts, native malolactic. The wine is fermented with 50% whole cluster and no additives
  • Aging: 18 months in 100% French oak, 40% new
  • Alcohol: 12.8%
  • pH 3.72
  • TA 6.2
  • Brix at harvest 23
  • Production: 330 cases

Winery Details

Johan Vineyards

Dag Johan Sundby, Nils Dag Sundby
Willamette Valley, OR

Johan Vineyards resides on 85 acres of gently sloping estate vineyards in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Adjacent to the Van Duzer corridor, our vineyards are blessed with afternoon ocean breezes and cool evening temperatures that are ideal for ripening Burgundian varietals. Elevations range from approximately 180 to 380 feet.  Soils are Helvetia, Steiwer, and Santiam silts which were formed primarily from ancient marine sedimentary rock.

Our Wines:
We are passionate about making premium wines that showcase our estate vineyards. We know that if one starts with excellent grapes, handles the fruit carefully, and intervenes in the wine making process only when necessary, the wine should be great. Our wines offer elegance, balance, complexity, and ageability. All wines are made in small, hand-crafted batches to insure quality and enjoyment. We produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Vin Gris.

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