Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills
The fruit comes from Zenith Vineyard (LIVE-certified sustainable), which is centrally located in the Eola-Amity Hills on marine sedimentary soils at just over 200’ elevation. The gentle south-facing slope receives plenty of sun, although the cooling Van Duzer winds can drop temperatures dramatically.
It got so hot in the summer of 2017 that the vines shut down their ripening processes for a few weeks – and so the wines bear the hallmarks of a cool vintage, since ripening (when it eventually restarted) proceeded slowly into the early fall. This wine is fresh, red-fruited, and beautifully balanced.
10% whole cluster fermentation in open topped bins, with no additions other than moderate SO2 at bottling. Fermentation temperatures ran very cool, topping out briefly at 22° C, ensuring very gentle extraction. 10 months in neutral French oak, racked once, bottled unfined and unfiltered.