2015 Arcus Vineyard Pinot Noir
Opulent fruit notes of raspberry coulis, wild strawberry and fresh red cherry arise from the glass of this vintage of our Arcus Estate Pinot Noir, blending with a background of savory nori and cocoa powder. The palate offers generous flavors of concentrated raspberry, Oregon blackcap and blackberry, leading into notes of spice box and lavender incense. A viscous texture creates lasting impressions of ripe black fruit that 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 2014 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 2015 vintage was hand picked between September 13th and 23rd. 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 wooden, concrete and 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 39% new French oak barrels and aged for 9 months, then the wine was racked and transferred to older barrels for four months of additional barrel aging.