Purple Hands Latchkey Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
This wine offers notes of bright red berry, raspberry, walnut, focused cherry, white chocolate, espresso, maple syrup, honey and brown sugar.
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All Pommard clone, this plush, fruity wine brings plenty of berry and cherry goodness into focus, rippled with a seam of Dr Pepper. The acidity puts a citrus rind frame on the fruit, and add welcome texture to the finish.
Plush and flamboyant, with succulent raspberry, spiced cinnamon and orange peel flavors that build structure toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Latchkey Vineyard comes from Pommard clone vines planted at 500-feet elevation in Jory soils. Pale to medium ruby-purple, it opens perfumed with tangerine peel, lilac, crushed cranberries and red currants with accents of scorched earth, gravel dust and meaty hints. The palate is medium-bodied and ultra silky with concentrated, spiced fruits, a gentle frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and lifted with orange peel perfume.
Home of the first Pinot noir vineyard of the Willamette Valley, planted by David Lett of Eyrie Vineyard in 1966, today the Dundee Hills AVA remains the most densely planted AVA in the valley (and state). To its north sits the Chehalem Valley and to its south, runs the Willamette River. Within the region’s 12,500 acres, about 1,700 are planted to vine on predominantly basalt-based, volcanic, Jory soil.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”