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2016 Luminous Hills Estate Pinot Noir

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Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton AVA

By: Luminous Hills

In: Carlton, OR

750mL / 14.2% ABV

Winestyr Review

Where 2015 brought heat to the Willamette Valley, 2016 saw a warm but even vintage that produced some of the most compelling, fruit forward Pinot Noir yet. Luminous Hills' estate vineyard thrived here and the wine once again saw elevage in 20% new French oak for about 16 months.

What We Love

  • Estate fruit
  • Excellent sub-AVA of Willamette
  • Incredible value

An excellent introduction to the magical Pinot Noirs of Willamette Valley.


Byron Dooley’s passion for wine began in college, was fostered around the world, enriched in Napa Valley, and continues through today, as he continues to make wines that we love.


Luminous Hills Vineyard, located in the southwest corner of the Yamhill-Carlton District is a unique high elevation site bearing the typical sedimentary soils of the AVA, as well as a significant area of Jory volcanic soil. These two diverse soil types, along with a variety of carefully selected clones of Pinot Noir, provide diverse components and complex elements to the wines of Luminous Hills.

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Customer Reviews

  • Verified Purchase

    Nice floral quality. Light body. Slightly pepper finish

  • Verified Purchase

    Great wine!

  • Verified Purchase

    Unbalanced. Way to much oak. Much higher ABV as well then the majority of Willamette Pinots. Pinots are by far my favorite varietal and this is one of the most disappointing pinots I have had in recent memory, especially from Willamette Valley. So far 0/1 on the Monthly Shipment. Really disappointed that it seems like all three from the shipment are complete Oak Bombs. Ya'll have so many incredible wines, would like to see your wine shipments be more dynamic and allow for the fruit and winemaker to show through instead of new oak.

  • Verified Purchase

    Loved this one

  • Verified Purchase

    Excellent pairings with steak