2019 Flâneur Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
This is our gaux-to weeknight Pinot. It has a deep concentration of fruit and velvety texture that makes you just de-stress the second you take a sip.
Organic farming practices, dry-farmed, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, unfined/unfiltered.
- Tasting Notes cranberry, cherry, red apple, vanilla, baking spice, wet leaves, rose petal
- Variety Pinot Noir
- Region United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 14%
- Table Talk The term flâneur originated in Paris in the 19th century to define a curious stroller, a connoisseur of life. People said flâneurs walked at a pace slow enough to be led by a turtle.
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The term flâneur originated in Paris in the 19th century and defines a curious wanderer, a connoisseur of life. Baudelaire explains, “For the perfect flaneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinitive.” As observers, flaneurs influenced art, literature, and photography. The team at Flâneur Wines considers themselves to be flâneurs at their core. “Passionate artisans joined together by the desire to slow down, observe the world, and create delicious wine.”
The winery began with the idea that winemaking doesn’t need frills. Driven by Oregon’s culture, land, and people, Flâneur strives to share their deep appreciation of nature and the beauty it can bring to wine. Oregon has a variable climate; some years can be wet and cold, others can be dry and warm. Winemaker Grant Coulter wants their grapes to speak for themselves and reflect Oregon’s extraordinary terroir. Grant was head winemaker at Beaux Freres for 8 years and came to Flaneur to express his artistic vision and take risks making wine without the utilization of chemicals or manipulation. Flâneur practices organic and biodynamic farming methods and dry-farms there vines, meaning no irrigation. This makes the grapes work extra hard for water “building character and strength” in the vines for a more intense flavor and aroma profile. The vineyard management team spends every day in the vines making sure they are being properly tended too. During harvest they pick each grape cluster by hand and ensure each grape bunch is carefully assessed during sorting and fermentation. The final product is a collection of wines that tell a story and give consumers a unique experience with each sip.
This elusive and delicate light-bodied grape is a winegrowers dream, but can be difficult to achieve. Stubborn, yet flirtatious, Pinot Noir is tantalizing creating a beautiful dance between the grape and the winemaker. The resulting light red wine can be nothing short of spectacular. Loved for its red fruit and spicy characteristics, its also a great food partner. Look for notable regions including Burgundy, France, Central Coast or Sonoma in CA, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Pfalz or Baden in Germany as well as many other regions around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON
The Willamette Valley AVA lies to the west of the Cascade Mountains south of the city, Portland in Oregon. Stretching into Southern Oregon, this region has the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards. With cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean, dry, long sunny days, and cool nights, Willamette Valley is prime territory for growing Burgundian grapes: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With the first planting’s back in the 1960’s, this region has grown slowly, but significantly, producing top quality and world-renown wines from mostly small wineries.