Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Advocate 93 points! Wine Spectator 92 points!
Founded in 1998, by husband and wife team Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars embodies the spirit and passion of a boutique producer specializing in Pinot Noir, Syrah and Riesling from the northern Willamette Valley. With a portfolio spanning the 7 major AVAs of the Willamette Valley, Penner-Ash sources from some of the region’s most distinguished vineyards, including the Shea Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton, the Bramble Hill Vineyard in Ribbon Ridge, and the Zena Crown Vineyard in Eola-Amity. The first woman winemaker of note in Oregon, Lynn began her career in the Willamette Valley with Rex Hill Vineyards. Lynn has been described as a master blender, skillfully working with each lot to bring forth the truest expression of a given vineyard site. In the winery, Lynn and her team focus on small-lot indigenous yeast fermentation with extended cold soaks to extract a rich, fruit-focused, textured mouth feel. In 2005, Lynn and Ron designed and built their sustainable, gravity-flow estate winery in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Surrounded by estate vineyards, the building appears to spring from the land itself and enjoys 360 degree views of the Willamette Valley, making Penner-Ash a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
Wine Advocate 93 points - ”In 2016 we had access to vineyard sites that came with the purchase by Jackson Family Wines,” Lynn Penner-Ash explains. ”Those sites brought some freshness to the wines. They are fresher and livelier than what we saw from the other warm vintages.” She also notes that the oak usage dropped quite a bit in 2016, down to about 19% -23% from 20%-40%. Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir opens with just the slightest touch of gunflint-like reduction on the nose, giving way to red cherries, cranberries and warm raspberry with underlying suggestions of pink peppercorn and flowers. Light to medium-bodied, it gives up great layers of warm red and blue fruits with earthy accents of forest floor, wet earth and bark. It’s structured by fine-grained tannins and great juicy acidity carrying the long fruit-forward finish. This is youthfully coiled but should blossom beautifully. 10,000 cases produced. November 2018
Wine Spectator 92 points - Plush and graceful, with an elegant core of complexity wrapped in velvety raspberry, spice and orange peel flavors. Drink now through 2025. 11,200 cases made. September 2019