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This will be my first exposure to Lenné.  My appreciation for Oregon Pinot Noir wines has grown steadily over the last few years.  I was pleased to see the winery’s vineyard shares a ridge with one of my favorite Oregon Pinot wineries, Penner-Ash.


The Winery

The Lenné history starts in 2000 when Steve and Karen Lutz bought the 21 acre site.  Beginning in 2001, Steve has planted about 15 acres of vines in their steep, south facing vineyard near the town of Yamhill.  The vineyard is dry famed in some of the poorest vineyard soil in the country.  This caused a high mortality rate for the young vines, but in the long run will cause the root systems to dig deep for water and nutrients, resulting in better wine.


The winery is named after Karen Lutz’s late father, Lenny.


Much more information about the winery, vineyards and people behind this wine is available on their website by clicking here.







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2010 Lenne Estate Pinot Noir Estate – SRP $45


The Wine

The grapes for this wine were cold soaked for five days before inoculation after being gently de-stemmed.  The must was fermented at moderate temperatures.  After fermentation, the wine was racked into small French oak barrels, 42% new, and aged for 11 months.  The best barrels were selected to be used for this wine.  There were 225 cases of wine produced and the final alcohol level is 13.6%.  The bottle is sealed with a natural cork with a small circle of hard wax covering the cork.


My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright red to ruby color.  The striking nose has cherries, blackberries, potpourri, mocha, stony minerals, violets, smoke, eucalyptus and underbrush.   This has medium body with silky tannins and good acidity.  On the palate the sweet fruit and spicy, toasty oak grab hold first with minerals, mocha and earthy elements coming in on the back end.  The finish has very good length with the savory elements and a blast of minerals taking center stage and the fruit providing nice background sweetness.  This is very young but already impressive.  (92 pts)

2010 Lenne Estate Pinot Noir Estate

2010 Lenne Estate Pinot Noir Estate



Closing comments

This wine needs an hour or two of air to fully open up and show at its best.  Personally, I’d recommend leaving the wine in a cool, dark corner of your cellar for two years.


This winery has joined my list of my top 5 Oregon Pinot Noir producers.  The others on that list are Penner-Ash, Soter, Helioterra and Belle Pente.




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Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.



All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.