The 2014 vintage was stellar – allowing us to hang the fruit well into October to develop full phenolic ripeness. The nose is lush with hints of violets and cherry. Bright raspberry and red fruits, with a thread of earthiness and exotic tea spice on the palate. The texture is silky and the nice level of acidity keeps it lively through the pretty finish. This is classic Oregon Pinot Noir in a climatically warm 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 Pinot Noir fruit comes from Diane Nemarniki’s pristine estate vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. This sustainably dry farmed vineyard is meticulous and Diane hand tends to her vines as if they were her own children. At 750 ft elevation this site is on Loess soil (wind-blown silty loam) called Laurelwood which produces wines with rich red fruits and earthiness.
The grapes were handpicked the first week of October and carefully sorted both in the vineyard and on the sorting table. A four day cold soak allows for up front extraction and then a long slow fermentation. Once primary fermentation was completed the wine went into 33% new French Oak barrels for an eleven month elevage. It was bottled in August and released in May 2016.
Varietal: Pinot Noir – 100%
Appellation:Chehalem Mountainss AVA-Willamette Valley, Oregon
Vineyard: Nemarniki Vineyard
Aging: 11 Months in new 33 % French Oak
Production: 75 Cases
Release: Sep, 2016