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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The single vineyard Pinots are specific barrels or specific batches put together
to be wonderful, distinctive Pinot Noirs. All the rest of the Pinot is blended into the
Oregon. When it turns out as good as this year's Oregon Pinot, we are very happy.
The grapes for this Pinot Noir came off several vineyards: Resonance
(Pommard), Able (mix of clones), Yates Conwill (mix of clones), Wyeast (Pommard)
and Schindler (a bunch of different clones).
These are some of our favorite vineyards. We chose to blend strengths
together and offer a less expensive, high quality wine.
The wine is aromatic with a mocha character, shows some barrel toast and has a
2007 was a "burgundian" growing season in the Willamette Valley. Acids are great.
We concentrated the fermentation lots a bit by removing some of the juice at crush (saignee),
freezing it and adding it back as concentrate. That raised what would have been 22 brix to
24 brix - full strength Pinot Noir.
The wine should age for a very long time.
"The richness of the aroma belies the elegance of this outstanding Pinot Noir. Tightly woven scents of sweet herb, tobacco, clove, forest floor fungus and spicy red fruits provide an introduction to a wine that can only be called svelte. It's as smooth as silk in the mouth, loaded with flavor and polished to a warm glow, which is exactly what it leaves you with after just one sip."
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...Read More About Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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