Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Hand-harvested. Grapes were mostly destemmed (less than 10% wholecluster) followed by a 3-5 day soak before fermentation proceeded largely uninoculated. Fermenters received a combination of pump overs and punch downs over 12-18 days. Gently pressed and settled before going to barrel. 100% barrel aged. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Astounding energy and freshness accentuated by outgoing aromas of off-the-bush wild raspberries, springtime floralelements, sage and sandalwood. The palate is forward, juicy and approachable, brimming with flavors of strawberries and balanced with easy tannin and bright acidity. The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was structured perfectly for a gentle 10 month élevage in French oak barrels to add depth and texture while retaining its defining freshness and approachability.