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2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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92pts Wine Spectator
Showcasing the Willamette Valley’s propensity for earthy, spicy Pinot Noir, this wine is berry driven and brambly. A friendly waft of dried cinnamon and lavender leads to juicy fresh raspberry and decidedly darker fruit flavors. Made from 40 percent whole-cluster fruit, the 2017 is round and neatly integrated, and—while gorgeous in its current state—is built for longevity.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
In assembling a truly dynamic cuvée, we look for AVAs that honor both vintage and each other. The 2017 Willamette Valley blends Dundee Hills fruit with that from Bethel Heights in the Eola-Amity Hills and Shea Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton. The storied sites are woven together seamlessly, affording a Pinot Noir as evenly balanced and distinctive as its single vineyard designate siblings.
Fruit for the 2017 vintage was hand picked from September 25th to October 5th. The fruit was hand sorted and fermented in wooden, concrete, and stainless steel open top tanks. During primary fermentation, tanks were pumped over and poured over, and near the end of fermentation, tanks were punched down up to two times per day. After non-inoculated fermentation, the wine was sent via gravity to 27% new French oak barrels and aged for 10 months prior to bottling.