The 94-Point Pinot We Almost Missed: Now $31.99 for 24 Hours Only!

Posted April 16, 2015

WineLibrary Staff


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The story of the 2011 Lenné Estate Pinot Noir. A 94-Point wine, available for $31.99 today only. Get free shipping on a case with code LENNEPN.

Earlier this year, Brandon, our VP of Operations, went on a buying trip to Oregon. Of course, being Oregon, Pinot was at the top of the menu, and Brandon went about scheduling a mix of old favorites, heavy-hitters, and a smattering of new estates that we’ve never tried before. Universally, there was only one thing on everybody’s mind: The 2012 vintage. A cool spring followed by a hot, dry summer yielded basically the perfect conditions. The fruit was immaculate and the wines were even better.

We were thrilled to try a host of 2012 wines, but Brandon, always one for details, began to notice something throughout the course of this trip:

Pinots from 2011 were showing better than anybody was giving them credit for.

When you’re in wine retail, this is the kind of thing that can’t be overlooked. For every expensive, blockbuster, marketing-friendly mega-vintage, there is usually an adjacent sleeper. 2006 Bordeaux, 2009 Southern Rhone, 2004 Rioja. When a good year is overshadowed by a totally bonkers one, wine lovers have an opportunity to cash in big time.

Anyway, Back to our story. One new estate that Brandon had his eye on was Lenné. A 21-acre estate in the Yamhill-Carlton District, Lenné has some serious neighbors: Shea is just to the south, and Beaux Freres is a stone’s throw to the east, so you know you’re dealing with some very serious dirt in this neighborhood (which happens to be known as peavine soil). In addition to producing their own wines, Lenné also supplies some of their fruit to Owen Roe who uses it in several high-end Pinots, including a single-vineyard designate. Clearly we needed to get some of this wine into our lives.

Too bad Brandon never actually managed to schedule a tasting with them.

Boy, how awkward would it be if that was just the end of the article? Nah. Steve Lutz, the owner and winemaker, was kind enough to send us some samples, and what we tasted absolutely blew us away. Lenné is basically everything you could possibly want in an Oregon Pinot. Medium-full bodied, elegant, and replete with finesse and complexity, the 2011 Lenné Estate Pinot was the single best 2011 we tasted from the whole trip. 

So we bought a ton of it.

This is a wine that conjures the thought of $60 or $70 red Burgundies, and we’re selling for $31.99 for the next 24 hours! Get free shipping when you order a case and use code LENNEPN.


Item: 87406

750 mL

Retail: $45.00

$34.99 per btl