2015 Broadley "Claudia's Choice" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $50)

SKU #1415649 93 points Vinous

 Deep lurid red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berry and cherry preserves, potpourri and exotic spices, and a smoky mineral topnote builds with air. Stains the palate with juicy, densely packed raspberry, cherry cola and rose pastille flavors that are sharpened and lifted by juicy minerality and a spicy snap of white pepper. Delivers a compelling blend of richness and vivacity and closes on a repeating floral note, with superb clarity, harmonious tannins and wonderful persistence. (JR)  (6/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A pretty wine with sappy fruit flavors, this included 40% whole clusters in the fermentation, and 30% new French oak barrels in the élévage. Concentrated raspberry preserves anchor the fruit, with interesting seams of buttermilk and a touch of toasted cracker. (PG)  (3/2019)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pretty, airy and cool nose features notes of both red and dark pinot fruit along with hints of spice and briar. There is a lovely texture to the caressing middle weight flavors that possess fine mid-palate volume before concluding in a lingering and solidly complex finale that exhibits just a trace of pit fruit bitterness.  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Broadley is a 100% family owned/operated vineyard and winery established in 1981 located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Their first vintage was 1986. The estate vineyard is farmed using sustainable farming practices and they use organic material to promote healthy growth in their vines. Sustainability is a part of how they run their winery. Named for Broadley Vineyards co-founder Claudia Broadley. This beautiful wine is made from a section of vineyard that consistently displays distinctive character. These vines tend to ripen a bit later and often set smaller clusters.

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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2019 | Send Email
Fresh, herbaceous, and packed with subtle with raspberry notes, this is an Oregon pinot that is simply one for the cellar. Not only is it's Claudia's choice, it's my choice as well. ;-)

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2019 | Send Email
More expressive and generous, the Claudia's Choice is the fleshiest and most overt of the trio of Broadley wines. Rounder riper cherry fruit with light notes of potpourri and baking spices. This is dynamite drinking now and would pair well with anything from duck confit to a meaty pork chop fresh off the grill.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2019 | Send Email
Of the three offerings from Broadley, the Claudia’s Choice bottling is the most brooding and dark. Ripe black cherry and plum fill the glass. On the palate the wine has the most richness and texture and would stand up to the most hearty fare; perhaps a duck breast cooked with morels. There’s a hint of wood spice and potpourri that really makes this one beguiling, mysterious wine.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7