The 1999 Pinot Noir has a bright ruby appearance and intriguing aromas suggesting black cherries and earth. On the palate the wine is supple and round with integrated flavors of wild strawberry and spice, framed by subtle notes of vanilla and oak. The wine possesses bright, mouthwatering acidity with suggestions of spice, berry, and orange essence in the lingering finish.
The 1999 growing season has been coined "the miracle harvest" by Oregon winemakers. A very late bloom and cool summer temperatures spelled potential trouble. Crop thinning in August brought yields down and accelerated ripening. But glorious weather in September and October turned the tables and full maturity was indeed realized, albeit in late October. The wines turned out in "classic" Oregon style with lovely perfumed fruit and spice aromas, almost Burgundian acidity levels, and silky tannins. 1999 has proven to be another outstanding vintage here in Oregon.