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The Wines


Lenné wines are primarily sold through the tasting room and here online. You can browse our store for more information on specific wines and current vintages by clicking on the underlined wine link. A very limited amount of our wine (only LeNez and Lenné Estate) is also available in Colorado distributed by CS Wines.

The ancient marine sedimentary soils of the Yamhill-Carlton District produce Pinot Noir with black fruit flavors and rich textures. Lenné’s predominate soil type is peavine, a nutrient poor soil which produces small clusters and berries. The resulting wines have a concentrated mid palate and long finish, with black cherry and mineral components in the nose. Underlying all is the mocha character which is  the aromatic signature of the terroir of Lenné. All Lenné pinot noir and chardonnay is sourced exclusively from from our 21 acre estate vineyard.

LeNez Pinot Noir                                                 
The LeNez Pinot Noir is blended from all five pinot noir clones on our vineyard: Dijon Clones 777, 115, 114, 667 and the Pommard clone. It is generally more fruit forward than our other offerings, very approachable when young, and will improve for 5 to 8 years after release.  LeNez (pronounced "lee-nay") means "the nose" in French -- the name is a pun and an homage to Lenny's distinctive profile.
The Lenné Estate is our flagship release, a blend of all five clones with always at least 50% Pommard. This wineblends fruit, acidity, and tannins for a beautifully balanced offering. 
This wine has black and Bing cherry aromatics and more structure (fine grained tannins and acidity) than our LeNez bottling. It will improve for a decade from the vintage date.

Jill's 115 Pinot Noir
Named after Karen's mother, the Jill's 115 comes from the block just down the slope from our tasting room and produces Pinot Noir characterized by fruit-forward notes of red cherry, black currants, and tropical aromatics and a soft, elegant mouthfeel. The 115 clone always produces our silkiest, softest wine because of the copius amount of fine grained tannins charactaristic of this clone. Like all of the pinot noirs grown at Lenné there is a signature mocha aromatic.

Eleanor's 114 Pinot Noi
Named after Steve's mother, our Dijon 114 clone is the most red fruited clone at Lenné producing wines redolent of raspberry. While many vineyard grow this clone, only a handful of other wineries in the Willamette Valley produce a 114 wine as a single clone. The clone is wonderful in blends, adding finesse, bright acidity, and red raspberry fruit notes to the wine.  At Lenné, our terribly rocky soil imbues the 114 with enough backbone and body to stand alone, and we have always loved the bright, red fruited aromatics of this clone and the fresh acidity. Like all of our Pinot Noirs, this wine is best consumed six to ten years after the vintage. 

Karen's Pommard Pinot Noir
Named after our co-founder Karen Lutz, our Karen's Pommard comes from the highest elevation northwest corner of the vineyard and reveals black cherry and dark Bing cherry fruit. Originally brought in to the United States from France in 1959, this clone was one of the first pinot noir clones planted in Oregon and remains one of the most popular and complex. Lenné Estate's Pommard always shows full-bodied flavors and an earthy note, with the mocha notes that are the terroir aromatic of Lenné.                  
The South Slope Pinot Noir is a premium blend of the Pommard and Dijon 115 clones. Two of Steve's favorite clones, these two blend beautifully, with the earthy body of Pommard balanced by the fruity complexity of 115. With aging this wine gains richness and a sandalwood aromatic that we love.  The wine has tremendous concentration and layers with black and bing cherry fruit, vanilla and mocha aromatics. 
The Kill Hill Pinot Noir comes from the most stressed part of the vineyard and combines the Dijon 114 and 667 clones in nearly-equal proportions. "Kill Hill" is the steepest and most-stressed portion of our vineyard, with very shallow topsoil and harsh growing conditions. 
The 114 is a red fruited clone with bright fruity acidity, while the 667 is structured and intense, with a strong note of spice. The resulting wine always reminds us of black raspberries with a "wet stone" minerality imparted by the rocky soil.  Kill Hill is always the biggest wines we produce, and an annual favorite of our wine club members.  The name is a tribute to the difficulty farming this most difficult block of Lenné and the hundreds of vines that died in the process. 
Cinq Élus means "five select," and this wine is crafted from a blending of the single best barrel of all five of our pinot noir clones. This is our finest wine and is only produced in exceptional vintages.  Cinq Elus is multi-layered, a whole formed from many parts. This wine is the best expression of the terroir of Lenné, and boasts aromatic and flavor elements from all five clones, including mixed berry aroma, acidity, a dense mid-palate, fine-grained tannins, and a long, rich, complex finish. We recommend a minimum of six years bottle aging on this wine to let these five personalites come together in one. 

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