Résonance, Willamette Valley (Oregon) Pinot Noir 2017

($37):  Résonace is just another example of how the Burgundians believe in the potential of the Willamette Valley, especially for Pinot Noir.  Drouhin started what is now a trend with establishment of Domaine Drouhin Oregon three decades ago.  Maison Louis Jadot, another stellar Burgundy producer, purchased the 20-acre Resonance Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in 2013 and expanded by buying the Découverte Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA.  Though they are making Pinot Noirs from those two vineyards, this one is a blend of fruit from their vineyards and from others from throughout the Willamette Valley.  Initially reticent, its charms appear after 30 minutes in the glass.  A restrained red-cherry-like fruitiness blossoms with air.  A welcome savory character — a cherry pit-like bitterness — balances the fruitiness.  The overall impression is one of restraint and delicacy, reflecting their Burgundian roots.
92 Michael Apstein Sep 14, 2021