The 2015 Looney Vineyard Pinot Noir opens with ripe, generous blueberry and plum on the nose,
complemented by cloves, cinnamon and incense. On the palate is a plush texture, rich with coffee bean
and dark chocolate and balanced by very fine tannins. Full, round and vibrant, this luxurious Pinot
Noir lingers on the palate, echoing enticing notes of plum and baking spice.
Looney Vineyard is located in one of the Willamette Valley’s newest (and smallest) AVAs, Ribbon Ridge.
Planted in 2000 and 2007, Looney Vineyard slopes gently to the south and southeast between 360 and
550 feet in elevation. On sedimentary soils and planted with the greatest degree of clonal diversity of
any of our estate vineyards, it produces a unique and expressive addition to our portfolio of Oregon
Fruit for the 2015 vintage was hand picked on September 21st. 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 stainless steel open top fermentors. During primary fermentation,
tanks were punched down up to two times per day. After limited post-fermentation maceration, the
wine was sent via gravity to 41% new French oak barrels and aged for 7 months prior to bottling.