2015 Red Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir
Our 2015 Red Hills Estate Pinot Noir captivates the nose with aromas of dried orange peel, mountain blueberry, rose petal, star anise and black tea. The dense, succulent palate of thimble berry is spiced with cinnamon graham cracker, cardamom and hints of Tahitian vanilla bean. The velvety finish is focused with balanced acidity, offering notes of savory baking spice and demi glaze as it lingers and evolves.
Our Red Hills Estate is a 23 acre vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA. This gentle, south-facing slope ranges in elevation from 360 to 570 feet and is composed of basaltic Jory soil. Vines here range from 20 year-old self-rooted Pommard clones planted to 800 vines per acre, to Dijon clones planted to 4,800 vines per acre. Farming is meticulous and detailed, utilizing sustainable practices. This vineyard produces one of our finest vineyard designate wines.
Fruit for the 2015 vintage was hand picked on September 13th through 20th. 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 with 25% whole cluster contribution 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 31% new French oak barrels and aged for 13 months.