Zena Crown Pinot Noir

Hamilton Russell Oregon aims to express this variety with the restraint, minerality and classicism of great European Pinot Noir and the bright purity of Willamette Valley fruit. The celebrated Zena Crown vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills delivers alluring dark spice aromas and flavors alongside tensile fine-grained tannins to balance the complex blue and black berry fruit which the best Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs are known for. This beautifully balanced wine will evolve over time to become even more layered and complex.

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Latest vintage available online via Port2Port.

  • Alcohol 12.72%
  • Acid 5.30g/l
  • pH 3.58
  • Residual Sugar 0.2g/l


  • Barrel Ageing 14 Months
  • Barrel Maturation 100%


  • Wooding 100% 228 liter French Oak Barrels
  • Tight Grain 100%


  • 1st fill 33%
  • 2nd fill 25%
  • 3rd fill 33%
  • Neutral 9%


  • Blonde Toast 57%
  • Medium Toast 43%


  • French Coopers: 100% Francois Freres


  • Yield 2.2tons/ac
  • Production 538 cases of 6 bottles


  • Release date – July 2023
Growing Season

This particularly early vintage is generally considered a stellar one, even though it was the year of the heat dome – two days of temperature spikes to 110F. But when it passed, the mercury dropped to 70F within five hours. Bloom came early on June 10th. A heavy day of rain during this time caused some berry shatter which opened the bunches nicely. Good winter rains ensured that the vines grew well through an unusually dry Spring. Summer growing conditions were superb, and perfect healthy bunches arrived at the cellar on September 17th.

93 Owen Bargreen, US wine writer, May 2023

Smooth and polished, the 2021 Hamilton Russell Oregon ‘Zena Crown’ Pinot Noir shows off tart cranberry, guava and reed raspberry fruits alongside freshly tilled soils and shades of pomegranate seed with blood orange zest. Very fruity and lithe, this is outstanding Pinot Noir that has only started to hit its stride.

95 Jeremy Young, International Wine Report, May 2023

A glistening medium magenta core with a light pink rim in the glass, the 2021 Zena Crown Pinot Noir from Hamilton Russell shows expressive aromas of fresh lilac flowers, red raspberries, thimbleberries, dusty earth, and hints of cedary herbs. Made in a very elegant style with sweet tannins, lemony acidity, and a lean but gorgeous finish, it’s a lovely wine that should age well for another decade with proper cellaring.

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