Dark, opulent fruit notes of black plum, dried black cherries and black mission fig arise from the glass of
this vintage of our Arcus Estate Pinot Noir, blending with a background of deep violet florals and clean
forest floor. The palate offers generous flavors of dark, concentrated berry, Oregon blackcap and black
raspberry, leading into notes of cacao and orange pekoe tea. Lasting impressions of ripe black fruit melt
gracefully into the dark chocolate finish.
Arcus, meaning ‘bow’ in Latin, describes our 39 acre estate vineyard that wraps around both sides of a
small valley in the heart of the Dundee Hills. Capturing the distinctive terroir of this single vineyard,
the 2013 Arcus Estate rewards Pinot Noir devotees with an expansive nose, compelling mid-palate,
elegant finish, and a superior expression of the varietal.
Fruit for the 2013 vintage was hand picked between September 26th through October 6th. The fruit
was hand sorted and soaked cold for five to ten days, after which native yeast fermentation was allowed
to proceed under temperature-controlled conditions in both wooden and stainless steel open top
fermentors. During primary fermentation, tanks were punched down up to three times per day. After
limited post-fermentation maceration, the wine was sent via gravity to 50% new French oak barrels and
aged for 9 months prior to bottling.