Pinot Noir Auction on tap in August
In mid-June, the Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) announced its sixth annual Pinot Noir Auction, which will take place both online and in-person at WillaKenzie Estate in Yamhill on Aug. 5. The auction will feature 89 producers from throughout the valley, who've all raised money to support the WVWA during a challenging financial time.
"Open exclusively to licensed wine sellers, including retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers, the 2021 sale will feature 85 lots of pinot noir and seven lots of chardonnay from the 2019 vintage, available in quantities of just five, 10 and 20 cases made specifically for the Auction," a press release from the WVWA said. "Registered members of the trade will be invited to participate in the auction's virtual preview week July 26-30, where they will have the opportunity to explore the Auction lot wines through intimate winemaker panels. These events will culminate in the August 5 Auction conducted by esteemed Auctioneer Fritz Hatton."
A full breakdown of what will be available at the auction is available at www.willamettewines.auction/wineries. Featuring 17 first-time participants, this year's auction is unique in many ways.
"With the 2021 auction we are celebrating the resilience of Willamette Valley pinot noir," Jess Endsworth, a national sales manager of Northwest Wine Company and co-chairman of the auction, said in the release. "Ever since the first pinot noir vines were planted here in the 1960s, the Willamette Valley community has been united in collaboration for the common good of this region. With the 2021 Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction, we've done it once again. Against all odds, this is sure to go down as a truly historic auction."
"This year's (auction) offers a deep dive into Willamette Valley pinot noir's unrivaled ability to reflect climate and soils through the lens of the 2019 vintage, which is already considered a classic vintage," Rob Alstrin, president and CEO of Adelsheim and fellow co-chairman of the event, added in the release. "Throughout the Willamette Valley, the 2019 pinot noirs benefitted from a cool and prolonged harvest and are expected to have outstanding aging potential. Each winemaker presenting a lot in the auction has put forth their very best effort to offer wines that exemplify what makes 2019 pinot noir so special."
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