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Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir
Fullerton Wines
United States - Oregon - Willamette Valley

Three otters have rested prominently on the Fullerton family crest since the 13th century. Today, the family craft these wines to honor their Northern European heritage. The Three Otters wines are energetic, playful, and make friends easily at gatherings. They are otterly delicious!

Baker’s spice and red fruits, including strawberries, raspberries and cherries, are backed by hints of leather, mushrooms, sassafras, sage, and rosemary. Lithe on the palate, with flavors of strawberry, lingonberry, cinnamon, green peppercorns, pistachio, and earth; finishing with fine, dusty tannins.

Specifications
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Pinot Noir
Age of vines
7-40 years old
Soil type
sedimentary and volcanic-based soils
Vinification
Crafted in 6 ton fermentors, the cap management was primarily pump and pour overs combined with a few rack and returns. Spontaneously fermented by indigenous yeast, each fermentor reached temperatures between 87-90 degrees F. About 25% whole cluster and 20% extended maceration, the wine yields approachable and classic Willamee characteristics with structured, smooth tannins.
Production
4,500 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Serve this wine slightly chilled, and pair it with dishes of earthy mushrooms, like chanterelles and morels, light cuts of meat, charcuterie and cheese.

Reviews and News

2017 Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir - 91 PTS - JS

2017 Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir - 91 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"A fresh array of bright, ripe strawberries and fresh wild herbs here with attractive, spicy oak. The palate is neatly framed in fine, easy and fresh tannins. Drink now."

- James Suckling (July 2019), 91 pts

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2016 Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir - 88 PTS - WE

2016 Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir - 88 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 88 pts"This fresh and inviting, value-priced wine is done in a lighter style, with strawberry fruit rather than darker black fruit flavors. It's lively with appealing accents of cola and mocha."

- Wine Enthusiast (December 2018), 88 pts

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2015 Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir - 89 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir - 89 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(15% whole clusters and 5% new French oak) Light vivid red. Spice-accented red berry aromas and flavors are complemented by a subtle floral nuance that builds as the wine opens up. Juicy, seamless and light on its feet; a peppery note adds back-end cut. Finishes clean and brisk, with soft tannins adding gentle grip and shape. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (January 2018), 89 pts

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2015 Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir - 88 PTS - WE

2015 Fullerton Three Otters Pinot Noir - 88 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 88 pts"The winery's value bottling, this was vinified in a mix of neutral oak and stainless steel. Enjoy soon for its pretty mix of savory herb, black cherry and molasses flavors."

- Wine Enthusiast (October 2017), 88 pts

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Great wine speaks profoundly, a universal language transcending any one culture. Hailing from northern Europe, the Fullerton family speaks many languages, and delights in sharing the language of wine with ...
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