Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR, USA
Winemaker: Lynn Penner-Ash
Varieties: Pinot Noir
Terroir: Sourced from a variety of vineyards all around the Willamette Valley, this wine represents all terroirs and soils of the diverse valley.
Aging: 10 months in 29% new french oak
Featured in our Explorer Wine Club, November 2020:
"We’re always hunting for great deals for our wine club members, and we’re stoked when we can throw something a little more high-end than usual into the mix! This month, we were lucky to get our hands on some superbly made Pinot from Willamette Valley’s Penner-Ash Cellars. Lynn Penner-Ash is a longtime veteran of west coast winemaking, and in the realm of Cathy Corison and Heidi Barrett, Lynn is one of the women who helped to pave the road for female winemakers in Oregon. After having studied at UC Davis, Lynn spent her early career working for Napa’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Domaine Chandon and Chateau St. Jean in the early 80s. Seeing Oregon as the new frontier in American wine, Lynn relocated to take the reins as head winemaker at Rex Hill Winery in the Willamette Valley in 1988. At the time, she was the first woman in Oregon to be hired as a lead winemaker, and over a 20-year career at Rex Hill, made her mark, eventually landing the role of COO & President for the company.
In 1998, while still working for Rex Hill, Lynn started her own label to scratch her creative itch for Oregon Pinot. In 2005, she and her husband Ron opened their sustainable winery, a gravity-flow facility surrounded by the picturesque vineyards of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The 2017 Pinot Noir in this month’s club is a fun one because it’s had a little time to rest in bottle, and is expressing some well-integrated plum and cocoa notes, hallmarks of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
The wine is harvested from over 20 different vineyards in the valley, blended to capture the soft floral and red fruit notes that mingle so well with the earthy backbone of the complex Willamette soils. The super cool climate there allows for a long maturation season, which helps the Pinot to be densely expressive while still maintaining incredibly taut acidity."