The 2013 Pinot Noir is a delicate specimen. It was handcrafted with the utmost care due to the challenging nature of the vintage. Oregon suffered torrential rains in September which forced an earlier than anticipated harvest. This is the year that wines were ‘made in the winery’ rather than the vineyard and so, with a gentle hand, we produced a beautifully aromatic nose with an elegantly light palate. Soft hints of red fruits- strawberry and cherry emanate on the nose with the acid profile dialed in to match the body of the wine. This is classic Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir in a climatically cool year.
Our focus is on single vineyard Pinot Noir from cool sites which we believe have the potential to make the utmost stellar wines in all of Oregon. Our 2013 Pinot Noir fruit comes from Alan Holstein’s estate vineyard in Dundee Hills, known for their red tinted, basalt based volcanic “Jory” soils. This soil type tends to make wines which are elegant, mineral driven and red fruited. Our block is made up of 100% 777 clone on the southwestern slope of the vineyard.
The 2013 Pinot Noir was handpicked the first week of October and carefully sorted both in the vineyard and on the sorting table. Cold soak was just a few days with this vintage due to the delicateness of the condition of the grapes. Once primary fermentation was completed the wine went into 33% new French Oak barrels for an eleven month elevage. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Varietal: Pinot Noir – 100%
Appellation: Dundee Hills AVA
Vineyard: Holstein Vineyard
Aging: 11 Months in new 33 % French Oak
Production: 50 Cases
Release: May, 2015