Chapter 24 Fire and Flood The Fire Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
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Chapter 24 Fire and Flood The Fire Pinot Noir 2014

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750ML / 13.4% ABV
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750ML / 13.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A study in terrior in one word, Fire. It’s more red-fruited than its counterparts, with scents of cherries, raspberries, cedar and forest floor. A tannic component to the texture girds the wine while serving as a springboard, keeping it high-toned and elegant.

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 The Fire Fire+Flood, from volcanic soils cropped at two to three tons per acre and matured in 40% new French oak for 12 months has more red fruit than the 2014 Flood - redcurrant, Morello and crushed strawberry coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin. There is a little more acidity here that imparts more tension, while it has the same salinity as the Flood on the finish. This is an excellent and quite sophisticated Pinot Noir that is my pick from Chapter 24's three contributions to the 2014 vintage.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Taut and crisp, with juicy, pear-accented blackberry and cherry flavors on a sleek frame. Finishes expressively, wrapped with powdery tannins. Drink now through 2020.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
Chapter 24’s blend from volcanic soils, this vintage of The Fire is generous and warm, with a scent of brown spices and cherry compote. The flavors are a bit more oak-driven compared to the 2013, given to cinnamon and cocoa flavors, which lend weight but also weigh the wine down a bit. Cellar for six months or more to let the oak and fruit integrate.
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Utilizing the proprietary infusion technique of consulting Burgundian winemaker Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, Chapter 24’s winemaking is more akin to steeping rather than an aggressive extraction process. This does not mean they have reinvented the wheel or discovered some form of secret winemaking technique that hasn’t already been used in Oregon. What they have done, however, is brought together a number of variables which, on their own, don’t contribute great changes, but as a whole, markedly change the direction of a wine’s final destination to more closely resemble the structure of beloved Pinot Noirs. That is, Pinot Noir elegantly crafted for immediate enjoyment, without negating its ability to age impeccably.

Chapter 24 Vineyards was named after the last chapter of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. This particular chapter was added long after Homer died. The Greeks continued the tale to satisfy themselves despite the author thinking he was finished after Chapter 23. The mark of a great ending is not what it says about the past, but rather what it promises for the future, and Chapter 23 clearly raised more questions than it answered. In this same spirit, the story of Chapter 24’s wines continues well past the cellar door. Winemaking is just the beginning of the story. The wine may be finished but it is not the end.

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Home of some of the planet’s most amazingly elegant and expressive Pinot noir, the Willamette Valley is a pastoral, mixed landscape of green, bucolic rolling hills, dramatic forestlands and small, independent, friendly wine growers. As a leader in environmental stewardship, the valley has some of the nation’s most protective land use policies, with two-thirds of its vineyards farmed sustainably and over half, organically. While the valley claims a cool, continental climate, and is heavily influenced by the cold, moist winds of the Pacific Ocean, its warm and dry summers allow for the steady, even ripening of Pinot noir.

The potential of Willamette Valley Pinot noir continues to attract the investment of serious growers and winemakers both locally and from abroad, as naturally the finished wines bring accolades from professionals and enthusiasts. With a range of styles from delicate dried cherry, raspberry and hibiscus to stronger notes of truffle, mocha, plum and spice, a fine Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a perfect expression of both character and grace.

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